[Debian/Ubuntu] FacetimeHD Webcam Driver

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So, this is my first time building and distributing a DEB package, and it may not work as intended. I don't have a second Mac on hand that I can test with. I'm posting this for any other Mac users out there that are having a hard time getting the internal webcam working. The process to do it manually is rather tedious, and documentation is lacking. This is also a DKMS package, which means any time your kernel gets updated, the driver should be automatically added to the new kernel, making reinstalling it unnecessary. I've also extracted the color profiles from the Bootcamp driver, so color correction should also work properly. Credits for the actual driver go to patjak.

This driver should work with the following models:
  • iMac (21,5", since mid 2011)
  • iMac (27", since mid 2011)
  • MacBook Air (since mid 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15", since early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17", since early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13", since early 2011)
  • Thunderbolt display
Installation:
Code:
unzip facetimehd-dkms-0.1.zip -d facetimehd && cd facetimehd
sudo dpkg -i facetimehd-dkms_0.1_all.deb
sudo cp Color\ Profiles/*.dat /usr/lib/firmware/facetimehd

Reboot and you should be good to go. Please let me know if anything goes wrong. I'll try to help as best as possible.

Bonus:
If you don't use a Debian based distro, there are also RPM packages for RHEL based distributions, a PKGBUILD for Arch based distributions, and packages for OpenSUSE. Here are instructions for Gentoo as well.
 

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Hi Joom - Thanks very much indeed for your very helpful post. I'm using a Macair which I bought in July 2013 and on which I recently started to use LinuxMint. After finding that the built-in camera wouldn't work, I followed various online instructions and was finally able to get it to work. But the transmitted image had a strong golden hue. When I "researched" the problem, I came across your post, and implemented your easy to follow instructions. I'm very grateful. Best wishes. Bill
 
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Hi Joom - Thanks very much indeed for your very helpful post. I'm using a Macair which I bought in July 2013 and on which I recently started to use LinuxMint. After finding that the built-in camera wouldn't work, I followed various online instructions and was finally able to get it to work. But the transmitted image had a strong golden hue. When I "researched" the problem, I came across your post, and implemented your easy to follow instructions. I'm very grateful. Best wishes. Bill
Oh cool, so it worked out for you? I imagine you probably needed the color profiles. Without them, my 2015 MBP's camera is green and red, so it's probably similar across most, if not all models that use this driver. Anyway, glad to hear this helped.
 
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