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#1 2012-12-09 09:57:01

liao
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[SOLVED]web camera not be recognized as removable device by vmware 9

Hi,

I'm running 3.6.9-1-ARCH on laptop, model thinkpad X220, I've installed vmware workstation 9, and installed windows XP inside vmware as a guest,
I want to use the laptop's web camera in windows XP, but this camera is not in the list of removable devices in vmare, any ideas ?

BTW, the camera can work well on the Arch host and I've already added my login to video & audio group.

Thanks,
Liao

Last edited by liao (2012-12-10 16:28:39)

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#2 2012-12-10 14:19:01

liao
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Re: [SOLVED]web camera not be recognized as removable device by vmware 9

Just adding my new findings.

not only web camera can't be recognized, usb flash drive neither, looks like none of usb device can be recognized as removable devices by vmware now.

Any points would be great appreciated.

Thanks,
Liao

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#3 2012-12-10 14:45:50

liao
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Re: [SOLVED]web camera not be recognized as removable device by vmware 9

New findings from vmware.log

...
2012-12-10T22:14:04.628+08:00| vmx| I120: USBGL: Error connecting to arbitrator socket /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket: No such file or directory (2)
2012-12-10T22:14:08.679+08:00| vmx| I120: USB: Connecting device 0xc00000000a120001
2012-12-10T22:14:08.679+08:00| vmx| W110: Bluetooth host backend not available.
2012-12-10T22:14:09.629+08:00| vmx| I120: USBGL: Error connecting to arbitrator socket /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket: No such file or directory (2)
2012-12-10T22:14:14.630+08:00| vmx| I120: USBGL: Error connecting to arbitrator socket /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket: No such file or directory (2)
2012-12-10T22:14:19.631+08:00| vmx| I120: USBGL: Error connecting to arbitrator socket /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket: No such file or directory (2)
2012-12-10T22:14:24.633+08:00| vmx| I120: USBGL: Error connecting to arbitrator socket /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket: No such file or directory (2)
2012-12-10T22:14:24.633+08:00| vmx| W110: USBGL: Giving up on connecting to USB arbitrator
...

Thanks,
Liao

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#4 2012-12-10 15:09:04

alphaniner
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Re: [SOLVED]web camera not be recognized as removable device by vmware 9

I would look for a "usbarbitrator" daemon or service and see if it's running (which it probably isn't).


But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.
-Lysander Spooner

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#5 2012-12-10 16:23:54

liao
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Re: [SOLVED]web camera not be recognized as removable device by vmware 9

Hi alphaniner,

Great point.
Thanks a lot for pushing me to the right direction, issue resolved !!!

First, I tried to manually run vmware-usbarbitrator, but it gave me a  "Segmentation fault error" :
# vmware-usbarbitrator --info -f

VTHREAD initialize main thread 2 "usbArb" pid 6426
Segmentation fault

Then I took another special look on USB section of VMware in ArchWiki.
Found that my /etc/arch-release is empty and /etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator is missing.

Finally with below commands usb devices get listed in removable devices:
# cat /proc/version > /etc/arch-release
$ ./VMware-<edition>-<version>.<release>.<architecture>.bundle --console --extract /tmp/vmware-bundle
# cp /tmp/vmware-bundle/vmware-usbarbitrator/etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator /etc/init.d/
# chmod +x /etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator
# /etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator start
$ vmware

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Vm … recognized


Thanks,
Liao

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