The information for this article has primarily come from the FacetimeHD (Broadcom 1570) project instructions. This article focuses on Fedora, so if you want instructions for another distro, look on the project page.
First, check you have the correct hardware:
root@sage:/usr/src/bcwc_pcie ★ dmidecode | grep -i "Product Name" Product Name: MacBookPro12,1 Product Name: Mac-E43C1C25D4880AD6 It should say MacbookPro12,1 above. If it says anything else, don’t continue (unless you know the laptop has the “FaceTime HD” camera.
1. Install kernel development package:dnf install kernel-devel 2. Download the driver source (safely)Note that we’re not doing this as root. It’s poor practice to git clone or build anything as root. It’s just unneccessary.
cd /usr/src sudo mkdir bcwc_pcie sudo chown $(whoami):$(whoami) bcwc_pcie git clone https://github.com/patjak/bcwc_pcie.git 3. Extract the firmwarecd bcwc_pcie/firmware make sudo make install 4. Build the driver sourcecd /usr/src/bcwc_pcie/ make The next command might generate some errors. These can be safely ignored as long as you don’t care about secure boot or driver signing. The errors are:
At main.c:158: - SSL error:02001002:system library:fopen:No such file or directory: bss_file.c:175 - SSL error:2006D080:BIO routines:BIO_new_file:no such file: bss_file.c:182 sign-file: certs/signing_key.pem: No such file or directory Keeping this in mind, install and initiate the drivers:
sudo make install sudo depmod sudo modprobe facetimehd 5. TestI like to use the application called “cheese” to test webcams:
dnf install cheese cheese