Okay, I've enabled the camera interface from the raspi-config menu, I've rebooted, and I've run vcgencmd get_camera. It says that I have a camera supported, but it isn't detecting any. The ribbon cable appears in tact, it is solidly connected, there is no damage to it or the terminals. If there is supposed to be a light on the camera when it is plugged in, I do not see one. Can anyone think of a hardware or software issue that would prevent the camera from being detected?

Using the Pi B+ V1.2 with this camera

EDIT: Is there any way for me to test the software or either piece of hardware to see if that's where the problem exists?

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Have you updated the RPi firmware recently? That's not an official RPi camera, and support may have been added since you last updated it. If you're running raspbian, doing an update (e.g. sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade) will update to the latest stable firmware.

  • I've already updated and upgraded it, yes. Jul 6, 2017 at 15:51
  • What OS are you using on the RPi?
    – bobstro
    Jul 6, 2017 at 15:55
  • Raspbian from the NOOBS zip file. I have 0 experience with using a Pi, so I picked the most basic thing. Jul 6, 2017 at 16:17
  • Can you determine if it's "raspbian jessie", or perhaps "raspbian wheezy"?
    – bobstro
    Jul 6, 2017 at 16:20
  • Pretty sure it's jessie. I saw that come up a lot during the update and upgrade Jul 6, 2017 at 16:20

So before you guys start shouting at me, just remember that I have literally 0 experience with this stuff. I accidentally figured it out, and it's a problem that there's no documentation for because it's a total noob problem. Okay, you ready for the solution?

Plug in the camera before booting the Pi...

....So uhhh.... ta-daaa? It works now.

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