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Oliver Kreylos

When you plug in your Kinect, lsusb should display the following new devices:

Bus 003 Device 005: ID 045e:02ad Microsoft Corp. Xbox NUI Audio
Bus 003 Device 006: ID 045e:02ae Microsoft Corp. Xbox NUI Camera
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 045e:02b0 Microsoft Corp. Xbox NUI Motor

Xbox NUI Camera is the actual camera (that’s the device KinectUtil tries to open), Xbox NUI Audio is the built-in microphone array, and Xbox NUI Motor is the little motor that can tilt the Kinect up or down.

If you’re only seeing the Xbox NUI Motor device, then either your Kinect is broken, or there is something wrong with the cable connecting it to your computer, or with your computer’s USB ports. Can you confirm that you are not seeing the Xbox NUI Camera device?

You can also try plugging the Kinect into different USB ports on your computer and see if that makes a difference. As USB devices go, the Kinect is relatively demanding, and often shows flaws in a USB system that otherwise go unnoticed.

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