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Fun!Cam drivers

Post by Rodfeldt » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:47 pm

Hi, I'm new to LinuxMint and Linux in general. I recently installed LinuxMint 17.2 Cinnamon on one of my desktops and like it alot. As i'm slowly learning it. I remembered I have an oldish webcam and would like to connect it. It's a FUN!CAM S/N: 04001047. My question is multipart. 1) How to I find out if Mint "sees" the cam (it's a usb cam)? 2) how do i go about downloading/installing drivers for it?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A new LinuxMinter,
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Re: Fun!Cam drivers

Post by wilbobob » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:34 am

If you haven't done so already just plug it in and see what happens. It'll probably just work. You'll need some app that can take the output from the camera, if you just want to check it works Cheese is a simple one, or if you've already got VLC installed you have the option Open Capture Device under the Media tab. Skype should find it too.
If nothing works the command lsusb in a terminal will show if it is seen as connected and provide some clues that may help experts here give more advice
While you're in the terminal run the command inxi -Fxz and post the output with your request. See http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=83444
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Re: Fun!Cam drivers

Post by Rodfeldt » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:12 pm

I've done as you suggested and connected it, nothing happened. Installed Cheese and it couldn't find the webcam nor did lsusb command find it. Did the inxi -Fxz command as suggested and below is what I got...

System: Host: john-LMint-DT Kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Cinnamon 2.6.13 Distro: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela
Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-MA74GM-S2 version: x.x Bios: Award version: FF date: 05/20/2010
CPU: Dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 4017.68
Clock Speeds: 1: 1000.00 MHz 2: 1000.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS740 [Radeon 2100] bus-ID: 01:05.0
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS740 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-38-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (3.5% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600AABB size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 143G used: 5.3G (4%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.16GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 32.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 171 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 727.8/3824.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17

One thing I did forget to mention in my original post is that, as you can see from above, i'm running the 64 bit version of LinuxMint 17.2 Cinnamon.

Also, I went one step further on this and connected the cam to my windows machine (running Windows 10 64 bit) and all it showed up as is: "CIF single chip". No drivers were found for it.

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Re: Fun!Cam drivers

Post by phd21 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:31 pm

HI Rodfeldt,,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum.

Most USB Webcams work well with Linux Mint, but not all of them. You can type "lsusb" from a console terminal prompt, to see if your system recognizes it. There are also a few Video for Linux (V4L) programs in your Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM), that you might want to install, Video4Linux Control Panel (v4l2ucp), etc.... Other good webcam programs are: "guvcview", camorama", Kamerka, Kamoso, etc...

Almost forgot to mention, do not use passive USB Hubs, like 4-port or more USB hubs that do not have their own power supply; they do not work well on Linux. Connect directly to one of your USB ports, If you have no luck on one USB port, try another one, and wait at least 12 -20 seconds between unplugging and plugging them in.

Amazon.com, and other places (some local BestBuy, office supply stores, etc...), sell good webcams at a good price. I use a logitech c270 and it works pretty well.

one of many related posts that you may want to read on webcams.
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... it=+webcam


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Fun!Cam drivers

Post by NeoGeo64 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:19 pm

I just switched from the Logitech C270 (it began to flicked and show all white output) and got a Logitech C525 and everything works just as it did. Logitech webcams seem the way to go as far as hassle-free plug'N'play usefulness. Other webcams may work but I just stick with Logitech because I know it's going to work with my beloved Linux Mint 17.x Cinnamon OS.

Hope this helps!

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