I'm using ubuntu 18.10, and my laptop's (ThinkPad 25) built-in webcam image is distorted and pink. I tried in google hangouts and in cheese, and they both show the same kind of image.
Cheese doesn't show any errors on command line, just says this:
(cheese:5930): Gtk-WARNING **: 09:00:44.808: Theme parsing error: cheese.css:7:35: The style property GtkScrollbar:min-slider-length is deprecated and shouldn't be used anymore. It will be removed in a future version
which I imagine is not relevant(?).
I found this page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam/Troubleshooting but it is very old and talks about Skype, and starting Skype with different options, but I can't use Skype, I need Google Hangouts to work.
I believe this may be what my webcam is:
product: Integrated Camera [4F2:B5AB] vendor: SunplusIT Inc [4F2] bus info: usb@1:8 version: 0.10 capabilities: USB 2.0 configuration: driver: uvcvideo maxpower: 500mA speed: 480Mbit/s
Any ideas what to do? Thanks!
Edit. Ok, it appears that my laptop actually has 2 different webcams, and the camera that is showing the bad image is actually named Integrated IR Camera. I found a webpage about it, too: https://blogs.gnome.org/jamesh/2017/10/22/thinkpad-infrared-camera/
I was randomly clicking on buttons in cheese, and there is a button that changes which camera it is using, and the other camera is showing picture just fine. The default camera seems to be the infrared camera -- how do I get rid of it in all programs, since it is not doing anything useful?