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web cam in mint7? need help

Postby marty510 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:37 pm

how do I get this thing going? Camera monitor? nothing is showing up after I plugged in my web cam. I don't have USB 2.0, just 1.0. My old web cam is designed for 1.0 as well. Can I get this thing going so I can take some snap shots, and maybe look at myself on the screen :lol:
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby DrHu on Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:10 pm

Helps to know camera make/model #
--even then, it may not be functional

In a terminal lsusb command any results showing camera device ?
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport ... WebCameras
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby marty510 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:37 pm

I'm a newb at this, and don't really use the terminal much.
My cam is one of those old Logitech ones, shaped like an eyeball. No numbers with it, just know it came with a disc for windows up to win2000/ME. :oops:
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby subslug on Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:11 pm

marty510 wrote:I'm a newb at this, and don't really use the terminal much.
My cam is one of those old Logitech ones, shaped like an eyeball. No numbers with it, just know it came with a disc for windows up to win2000/ME. :oops:


Quickcam

If you can open a terminal and run 'sudo modprobe quickcam' and plug you camera in. Now you should have some luck.

You can install cheese if all you want is to make snapshots.
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby emorrp1 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:23 pm

marty510 wrote:I'm a newb at this, and don't really use the terminal much.


If you just post the output of the lsusb (small L at the front) then we can interpret it for you, it'll give the exact model number (irrelevant of the reseller)
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby marty510 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:26 pm

lsusb
emorrp1 wrote:
marty510 wrote:I'm a newb at this, and don't really use the terminal much.


If you just post the output of the lsusb (small L at the front) then we can interpret it for you, it'll give the exact model number (irrelevant of the reseller)


Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:0840 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Express
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub


My cam is one of those old Logitech ones,.........................

Quickcam

If you can open a terminal and run 'sudo modprobe quickcam' and plug you camera in. Now you should have some luck.

I tried this one in the terminal then plugged it in....but nothing. Cam is brand new, never been used
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby emorrp1 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:11 am

If I'm understanding it right, you're doing the modprobe as recommended, then plugging in your camera and waiting for a popup or something? Mint (by default) doesn't come with any webcam-using software, so you need to install the cheese program from the package manager, then run that to see if it recognises your webcam (you might not even have to do the modprobe bit)
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby pdc_2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:38 pm

this camera doesn't seem to appear in the latest UVC compliant list;

http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/#devices

or the latest gspca list

http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html

so I would suggest you have two choices: 1) go test a camera off the top list: UVC compliant and it should work out of the box; if it works, buy it!! or 2) labour through configuring it

as in

http://linux.com/learn/docs/ldp/818-Webcam-HOWTO

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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby subslug on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:19 pm

pdc_2 wrote:this camera doesn't seem to appear in the latest UVC compliant list;

http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/#devices

or the latest gspca list

http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html

so I would suggest you have two choices: 1) go test a camera off the top list: UVC compliant and it should work out of the box; if it works, buy it!! or 2) labour through configuring it

as in

http://linux.com/learn/docs/ldp/818-Webcam-HOWTO

happy to be told I am wrong


You'll be even happier when I tell you, you're right!

I just plugged my old Quickcam Express (eyeball cam) in and modprobed like I used to do, loaded Cheese and bang! No camera.
I guess support was dropped for this antique. There are so many better webcams out now I wouldn't waste another minute on making this one work if I were you.

Put the old thing to good use, tie your dogs toy to it and hang it where he can barely get to it, hours of fun :D
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby marty510 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:48 pm

I think I'll do just that ,get a new one!

I don't have a dog but my year old cat still likes to play a lot :D

Thanks folks, for tryin' to get this thing going. At least I can get the list off the link(s) and find one that WILL work.

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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby lexon on Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:06 pm

I have the Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Communicate Deluxe, a ball type webcam and with a laptop running Mint 7 and Cheese, I can recored video but not sound.

With a desktop running Mint 7 and Cheese, I had video but no sound. I mad the mistake of trying to change the resolution and lost the video. Nothing I do will restore the video. I gave up on this webcam. I will wait and see what your results are when you get a new webcam.

My Asus 4G mini laptop using a Xandros OS sees the webcam very well with video and sound. Go figure.

I have looked in the Ubuntu forums but no clear cut solution. Mostly, try this, try that. It seems many Linux people do not bother with webcams or are not forth coming with clear solutions.

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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby rivenathos on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:59 am

My new Logitech QuickCam 3000 works out-of-the-box with Mint 7 64-bit in applications such as Cheese and Ekiga. I have both audio and video working in Ekiga. Granted, this inexpensive unit (US$27.99) is not IMAX, wide-screen, cinema-quality, but it gets the job done. I am posting a couple of links so you can read the specs and reviews.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6826104253

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-960-0003 ... 152&sr=8-1

Edit: the "lsusb" result for my unit reads as - 046d:09a5
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Re: web cam in mint7? need help

Postby pdc_2 on Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:11 am

glad it is running well;

do you want to tell us the

lsusb
for the Vendor ID: Product ID

it may match one on here

http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/#devices

eg the Logitech QuickCam E 3500 has the ID

046d:09a4


and seems fully UVC compliant and gets a big tick on the UVC website
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