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fossil112
November 30th, 2008, 06:06 AM
Hi. I'm trying to install a webcam that I recently purchased. I've read quite a few threads, but I'm getting a little confused.
I've ran the following w/o errors



sudo apt-get install build-essential

and


sudo apt-get install linux-headers-386

What are my next steps? (Ubuntu 8.10)

plucky
November 30th, 2008, 11:56 AM
What are my next steps? (Ubuntu 8.10)


What guide are you using?


This link (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam) might help

See this link for Logitech webcams (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsMultimediaWebCamerasLogit ech)


Your camera seems to have a bug report and workaround for 8.10 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gspca/+bug/291723)

Try installing webcam programs like camorama,cheese,skype,ekiga etc to test your webcam.

Good Luck
:)

forkandles
November 30th, 2008, 12:00 PM
You can probably glean some useful information from the posts here.

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gspca/+question/41434

fossil112
November 30th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Thanks guys, I'll dig into it today and keep you posted.

fossil112
November 30th, 2008, 10:52 PM
I installed Cheese 2.24.1 and I got good video, but no audio. I followed this guide (https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gspca/+question/41434) starting with marcobra's fist post about 1/3 of the say down the page. I went got as far as

sudo tar -xjvf gspca-source.tar.bz2
but received the following


vince@Vince:~$ sudo tar -xjvf gspca-source.tar.bz2
tar: gspca-source.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

So, Cheese was loaded fine, but I"m not sure how to fix this error. Then, maybe I can follow the rest of the coding and get this bad boy working.

zachbb
December 1st, 2008, 03:08 AM
From what I understand, it's because there is a conflict between the current driver and the driver needed by some aplications:

Look at this link on how to preload the driver. Preload it first with proycons instructions and then make it permenant:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gspca/+bug/291723

Zach

zachbb
December 1st, 2008, 03:08 AM
sorry double posted

spiderbatdad
December 1st, 2008, 03:46 AM
I installed Cheese 2.24.1 and I got good video, but no audio. I followed this guide (https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gspca/+question/41434) starting with marcobra's fist post about 1/3 of the say down the page. I went got as far as

sudo tar -xjvf gspca-source.tar.bz2
but received the following


vince@Vince:~$ sudo tar -xjvf gspca-source.tar.bz2
tar: gspca-source.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

So, Cheese was loaded fine, but I"m not sure how to fix this error. Then, maybe I can follow the rest of the coding and get this bad boy working.

The issue here is most likely, the package is on your desktop, but when you open a terminal, your pwd (present working directory) is /home/user_name. If you enter the command
cd Desktopwith a capital D, you can now work with files in that directory. There is also a patch that has to be applied to that driver before you compile it. Have you seen this article? http://www.actionshrimp.com/2008/08/logitech-quickcam-e2500-on-ubuntu-skype/

Get the patch in this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=966932&highlight=e2500

And find the link with instructions for applying it to the package...now..I did all this and got my logitech and gigaware cams working (still had to use LD_PRELOAD with some apps) but after the latest kernel upgrade (2.6.27-9-generic) I no longer needed the gspca driver. Indeed it isnt included with the kernel. The uvcvideo driver worked fine, though still using LD_PRELOAD in some cases.
So
uname -rto see if you are running 2.6.27-9...if not I suggest sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. When you are asked what to do about menu list, use the drop down arrow and select "Use the package maintainer's version."


If your cam works fine with LD_PRELOAD, i would recommend LD_PRELOAD=.....4vl2convert.so skype instead of v4l1compat.so, as v4l2 works better in skype.

fossil112
December 1st, 2008, 02:46 PM
thanks for your thorough explanation, spider...i'll dig into it once i get home (at work now). very much appreciated

markbuntu
December 2nd, 2008, 03:31 AM
I have that same cam, it worked out of the box for me in Intrepid. In hardy all I had to do was use v4l instead of v4l2. I figured that out with Ekiga.