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    HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Installing Logitech Quickcam Messenger
    Ubuntu Breezy 5.10


    There was an old post by my Here.

    That wasn't very organised, and I left a few days later for Australia to visit my girlfriend where I was using a windows box and couldn't update, but thats beside the point.

    I'll start off with my lsusb + uname -sr;
    zack@penor:~$ uname -sr && lsusb
    Linux 2.6.12-10-386
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:08f0 Logitech, Inc.
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1690:0215 Askey Computer Corp. [hex]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    That is my version of the qc messenger. If you have that my instructions should work for you, I don't know about other versions.


    1. Plug in your logitech quickcam messenger.

    2. Get the latest driver sources from here and unpack them somewhere.

    3. Get the required dependancies (These were all needed from a fresh Breezy install)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
    sudo apt-get install xawtv gcc-3.4
    4. Type into your terminal
    Code:
    export CC=gcc-3.4
    This tells the driver to compile using gcc-3.4 the same as the kernel was compiled with (2.6.12 anyway).

    5. This is the only way I know to do this; Potentially unsafe. If there is another way please tell me
    Code:
    sudo passwd
    to change the root password (you will need this during install).

    6. cd to the directory you extracted the driver source too (in the same terminal you did #4 with) and run quickcam.sh.
    Code:
    ./quickcam.sh
    Type in the root password when it asks, and ignore all error messages. Even the one about not finding a camera!

    7. When its done compiling, and the script has finished executing run
    Code:
    sudo modprobe quickcam
    Now check your camera out in camorama, or gnomemeeting or something similar.

    If all has gone well, continue;

    Credits to Maol62

    This will set the camera to run during startup of your system.

    8. run
    Code:
    sudo touch /etc/init.d/quickcam && sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/quickcam
    9. If in gnome:
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/init.d/quickcam
    If in KDE:
    Code:
    sudo kate /etc/init.d/quickcam
    paste into the file.
    Code:
    #! /bin/sh 
    # /etc/init.d/quickcam: reload the Logitech Quickcam Messenger driver. rmmod quickcam
    modprobe quickcam
    Save and close.

    10. Create a symbolic link so the script is launched at boot;
    Code:
    sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/quickcam /etc/rcS.d/S99quickcam
    11. Done! Enjoy using your quickcam messenger!


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    I hope this is easier to understand than previous thread. Credits to Maol62 and emcompass for thier help. (and anyone i forgot ).

    footnote: I recently got gaim 2.0beta2 CVS to compile with --enable-vv. Yet i can't find vv anywhere within it, I've read on the forums that it works with msn for beta2 when compiled with --enable-vv. Any idea? (I hate tk, so wish(lol pun maybe <_<) amsn didn't use it).
    Last edited by Yoriko; February 6th, 2006 at 12:46 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    What to do if my Latop Monitor is going black when compiling??

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Quote Originally Posted by desperado666
    What to do if my Latop Monitor is going black when compiling??
    I don't know, I don't use a laptop - Desktop PC.
    Does it go black when compiling any other programs?

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    No.
    It does go black while "compiling" Step 6.(Something i could see was patching kernel)
    If i press CTRL ALT Backspace and do my login i can work again.
    Last edited by desperado666; February 6th, 2006 at 05:21 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    I don't know what it could be, What kernel version are you using?

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    2.6.12-10-386

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Hmm then i don't know why it isn't working;

    let's try it without the script.
    make sure you have everything needed before continuing;

    Enter the directory in the terminal and;
    Code:
    make clean && make all
    If your screen doesn't blank during this compile, then when its done;
    Code:
    modprobe videodev
    	modprobe usb-uhci
    	insmod ./quickcam.ko compatible=3
    then test if the camera works.

    (I based this off the readme, so I don't know if it is right.)

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Doesnt help me.

    After running quickcam.sh my screen goes black again,so i guess it has something to do with the script.

    Your described way does not compile something dont know why.

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Hi,

    instead of the init.d script, you could do the following:

    Create a file /etc/modprobe.d/quickcam and insert this line:

    Code:
    install quickcam modprobe --ignore-install quickcam; rmmod quickcam; modprobe --ignore-install quickcam

    Best regards,
    Whoopie
    Last edited by Whoopie; February 7th, 2006 at 11:09 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Logitech quickcam messenger

    Installing Logitech Quickcam Messenger
    Ubuntu Breezy 5.10[/u][/b]

    There was an old post by my Here.

    That wasn't very organised, and I left a few days later for Australia to visit my girlfriend where I was using a windows box and couldn't update, but thats beside the point.

    I'll start off with my lsusb + uname -sr;

    That is my version of the qc messenger. If you have that my instructions should work for you, I don't know about other versions.


    1. Plug in your logitech quickcam messenger.

    2. Get the latest driver sources from here and unpack them somewhere.

    3. Get the required dependancies (These were all needed from a fresh Breezy install)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
    sudo apt-get install xawtv gcc-3.4
    I've followed every step of what you said. I indeed have the exact camera that you have and I'm running Kubuntu Breezy. When I reach the "sudo apt-get install xawtv gcc-3.4" line I get the following error:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree... Done
    E: Couldn't find package xawtv

    Where do I find xawtv? I've checked in adept, even installed synaptic and both register it as installed. Do I skip that step or what? I'm stuck
    Last edited by Princey; March 8th, 2006 at 07:20 AM.

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