Trying the camera switch on my PinePhone
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Since everything tried so on my PinePhone was working and I had just completed my weekly update to Mobian I thought it might be useful to check out the dip switches and disable the front-facing camera. Clicked down switch 5, which should have disabled the front-facing camera, only. Rebooted the phone and when I brought up the camera app nothing happened except showing the background wallpaper. It appeared as if the camera app was totally disabled. The good news was that when I returned the switch to the off position and rebooted the phone the cameras both worked perfectly. This was contrary to some reports I had read which had described a total reinstall of the OS to make the return settings work. Yaaa.

Am I missing something on setting the dip switches or is there still work in progress? Any comments or assistance is always appreciated. Thanks
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#2
According to the schematic the camera switches disconnect the processor gpio lines that control each camera module's power pin so the processor can't power on the camera module. I don't know if the camera app and/or drivers allow for this possibility, or try to enable a camera and get confused if it fails to respond.
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(01-24-2022, 05:17 PM)gilwood Wrote: Clicked down switch 5, which should have disabled the front-facing camera, only. Rebooted the phone and when I brought up the camera app nothing happened except showing the background wallpaper. It appeared as if the camera app was totally disabled.

Run megapixels in terminal and see what it says. I think the app is just buggy. I have the front camera always disabled and sometimes megapixels will work and something it will crash on start.

But maybe this isn't megapixels's fault, because I had similar results when I tried using the camera with opencv in python. Maybe it's the drivers like @wibble said.
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The good news is that with every update to Mobian something gets fixed. Hopefully, there are not many selfie lovers over those that don't want to run the risk of the camera watching them so disabling will be fixed. Thanks for the comments.
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(01-26-2022, 07:25 PM)gilwood Wrote: The good news is that with every update to Mobian something gets fixed. Hopefully, there are not many selfie lovers over those that don't want to run the risk of the camera watching them so disabling will be fixed. Thanks for the comments.

Megapixels still segfaults when one of the cameras is turned off.  This seems to have been fixed upstream.
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(01-26-2022, 07:25 PM)gilwood Wrote: The good news is that with every update to Mobian something gets fixed. Hopefully, there are not many selfie lovers over those that don't want to run the risk of the camera watching them so disabling will be fixed. Thanks for the comments.

Megapixels still segfaults when one of the cameras is turned off.  This seems to have been fixed upstream.
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