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Ham13
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Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by Ham13 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:51 am

I have a VEO Stingray webcam that I'm trying to get working on Mint 17.1. So far I've had no luck. lsusb shows and properly identifies the camera. lsmod shows the GSPCA-TV8532 driver module loaded. Skype and Cheese see the camera but do not activate it. Cheese reports "Problem reading device output stream".Tried many webcam view/control apps but result is the same. Some on the net/forum suggest uvcvideo or ibmcam drivers. Have not been able to find gstreamer or ibmcam modules in Synaptic. All replies are appreciated.

Thanks
Marty, N3MOW

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Re: Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by deepakdeshp » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:19 pm

Please try installing latest kernel version of 4.13 kernel series using ubuntu kernel update utility.
Reboot and test
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I am using Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by Ham13 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:25 pm

Thank you for the response.I'm running Mint 17.1 with kernel 3.XXX.139. Mint update gives me the option of installing kernel 3.13.0.141.151. Kernel 4.13 is not listed. Is that an indication that 4.13 is not recomended for Mint 17.1? I have not found the Ubuntu kernel update utility on my Mint system. Where is it? I know Mint is built on Ubuntu but, I do not know how closely they are related.

When I boot up without the camera plugged in lsusb returns:
$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5111 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05ad:0fba Y.C. Cable U.S.A., Inc.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

With the camera plugged in after boot:
$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5111 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0545:8333 Xirlink, Inc. Veo Stingray/Connect Web Camera
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05ad:0fba Y.C. Cable U.S.A., Inc.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
$

sudo lsmod | grep gspca
gspca_tv8532 13036 0
gspca_main 36692 1 gspca_tv8532
videodev 134688 2 gspca_tv8532,gspca_main
$

Cheese shows that usb camera (0545:8333)(/dev/video0) is listed but reports error "There was an error playing video from the webcam".

Looks to me as though the usb camera and drivers are loaded but, no video output. Any other suggestion other than updating the kernel. I'd like to do that as a last resort.

Thanks,
Marty

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Re: Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by marcia » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:59 pm

Hello,

Do you have guvcview, gstreamer as well as gstreamer good, bad, ugly, plugins installed? I have linuxmint 17.3 and had to install all of the v4l and v4l2 packages I could find plus qv4l2, uvcdynctrl, motion, dvsource, dov4l, etc.

If you install v4l2-ctl, you can use it in the terminal as a command like this:
v4l2-ctl --list-devices

Once all needed packages are installed hopefully the command above will show you your webcam and whether it is /dev/video0 or /dev/video1.

Then I would open up guvcview and see if it works.

This post may help: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=252402

If you need more help please ask.

Sincerely,
Marcia

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Re: Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by Ham13 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:59 am

Marcia,

Thanks for your response. Loaded all of the modules you suggested. I was not sure how many of the gstreamer plugins I should load. There are so many of them. Here is the terminal output showing the responses to commands:

marty@marty-RB042AV-ABA-a1410y ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5111 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 009: ID 0545:8333 Xirlink, Inc. Veo Stingray/Connect Web Camera
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05ad:0fba Y.C. Cable U.S.A., Inc.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
marty@marty-RB042AV-ABA-a1410y ~ $ lsmod | grep gspca
gspca_tv8532 13036 0
gspca_main 36692 1 gspca_tv8532
videodev 134688 2 gspca_tv8532,gspca_main
marty@marty-RB042AV-ABA-a1410y ~ $ v4l2-ctl --list-devices
USB Camera (0545:8333) (usb-0000:00:13.0-3):
/dev/video1

Failed to open /dev/video0: No such file or directory
marty@marty-RB042AV-ABA-a1410y ~ $

guvcview reports it is unable to open device. I think it is looking /dev/video0 not /dev/video1. I think, but, cannot be sure, that the camera was on /dev/video0 then switched to /dev/vidieo1 as I was working with v4l2 settings. Cheese shows the same error as before. No video, What should I set the camera output to? rgb3, bgr3, yu12 or yv12? Could to codec be the trouble? Which codec should I use?

Hope this information helps.

Regards,
Marty

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Re: Install VEO Stingray webcam on Mint 17.1

Post by marcia » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:41 pm

Hi Marty,

I think this all looks good and promising. I would make sure mplayer is installed. After it is installed I would try this command in the terminal: mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video1 -fps 30 . If that works you can try with cheese with this command: cheese -d /dev/video1. If you already
have changed your camera to /dev/video0 then of course change video1 to video0 in the above commands. I had this same issue at first. If you get
video please let us know.

If you wish to try guvcview, then I found I had to open it from the command line with sudo first and make sure it was using /dev/video1, the correct sound card, no higher resolution than 640 widthx480 height, 30 fps, and yes I had to choose the right codec which were only 2 that worked: the rgb3 one worked and do not remember the other that worked. Once it was setup then I could close it and start the guvcview as user and everything was setup correctly. Worked very well. Another point for my webcam was the guvcview from the ppa worked and the one from linuxmint did not work for me. In the link I posted in previous post there are directions for adding this ppa, if needed. It is possible linuxmint's works now, I do not know.

If you have more questions, please ask.

Best Regards,

Marcia

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