On eBay, I picked up this Captivate which was running one of the RC's for CM7. The seller indicated in the description that the camera app crashed whenever you attempted to start it. I took the chance figuring it was just a software issue.
So, I got the phone, flashed it back to Eclair using Odin 1-click. Then I ran through the "official" upgrades to Froyo and Gingerbread using Kies mini. At each step, I tried the camera app and got no joy. The app would start, I would see some of the various controls like the zoom, the take picture button, etc., but the screen was just black. And after a few seconds the app quit with the OS telling me it was not responding.
I pressed on, re-rooting the phone using speedmod and Odin3, and then I put CM9 on along with Gapps. It is running ICS so very cleanly and quickly...I'm enjoying it, but I need the camera to work. Now when I start it it sits and tries for a while and then comes up and says the camera is not responding, encouraging me to click OK to quit, or wait.
The CM9 I am running is the latest stable version cm-9.0.0-captivatemtd.zip from 8/9 21:56:31 PDT. The Gapps I am running is gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip
Currently the phone info says
Android version 4/0/4
Is there a way to get the camera going again, or do I have a hardware problem?