After hours of unsuccessful googling, I'm seeking help on a peripheral that just don't want to work correctly. I own a Dell XPS M1530 laptop with an "integrated laptop Creative Labs webcam". (Fun facts: Dell do not provide linux and XP drivers but I have both of these systems installed)
I can detect it thru lsusb and can get an image/video if I use an obscure skype-like voip client which cannot records. However, I can't get an image either with cheese or every other webcam application. I'll put Skype aside even if the program doesn't work because I read that they use their own video drivers.
Since I can get an image with that osbscure voip conferencing client, I'm concluding that my webcam works under linux. My problem is that when the video-conferencing applications are accessing my webcam, they just freeze and there's a blank screen (looks like they can't fetch the image). My webcam is active because the webcam light is switching to on.
I tried to stream/record a video using gstreamer, stream, cheese, webcam and other popular program that you can find on synaptic. I do have a /device/video0 directory but it's locked. When I sudo one of these program above on the stream, the program just crash. I also tried to install the latest gspca drivers but I failed because I just couldn't install it (could not build and make it). However, I was able to get it thru Synaptic. I also tried another driver but no effect. Interesting fact, sometimes when the webcam program crashes my webcam stays active. Then, when I try to stream it using gstreamer and some other programs, I'm having colored bars (testing-like bars) and video noise on the bottom right.
Any help is greatly appreciated
For those who owns a Dell XPS M1530 like me, here's the other problems that I had.
Wireless (Intel xxxxABG wireless card) :
Not able to find the "Activate wireless devices" at first in the taskbar. I only had the wired network one. You will not see the adapter (WLAN0) in either ifconfig or iwconfig. There's a pinned topic in this same forum that will probably help you. When your wireless network is detected, you will not have anymore problem with it.Fingerprint reader :
It will work if you install specific drivers. You can find a very complete tutorial here :http://animeshkmr.wordpress.com/2009/01 ... -in-linux/Ge-Force drivers :
Use 173 drivers if you are looking to use wine, it is way much faster. Also, you will get way better results if you do not use the wine installation provided by Synaptic. It makes a huge difference in COD4 for me.
This tutorial : http://www.fsckin.com/2008/02/21/how-to ... -in-linux/
is good. Just get the latest version of wine instead (it is also including the DX9 DLL file). We're talking about a 20 fps increase in my case with this version and drivers.
N.B: It is detecting the HDMI plug. Don't know if it's working though.Sigmatel audio :
It will be installed by default and working. You may or may not hear it, I needed to open the terminal and type alsamixer. Then, you can crank up the sound manually using the arrows and the tab button. Also verify your sound driver in the sound panel. I use the OSS version, it's working fine. I did not have the time to test the headset and Mic plugs.Touchpad :
Will not work correctly unless you follow this procedure.http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=894107
You can follow this guide, it will help you on various issue and provides a few tips :https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallingUbuntuOnADellXPSM1530
Everything else is untested or working fine. Hope that I helped a few people.