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    Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } I have a Dell Latitude D610 loaded up with dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04.3 Desktop i386 image.


    Web cam works fine on Windows.


    For a long time my Logitech web came was not recognised on Ubuntu, then out of the blue, it started working - just once, on cheese and skype and google talk, then the computer froze and crashed and then it stopped being recognised and I've done a complete re-install but still can't get Cheese to find the device.


    Relevant lsusb output:
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:08c3 Logitech, Inc. Camera (Notebooks Pro)


    So I believe the camera usb input is recognised and I have some kind of driver problem.


    I've installed guvcview and get the following message:


    Guvcview error: unable to open device: Please make sure the camera is connected and that the correct driver is installed.


    I've installed xawtv from the Ubuntu Software Centre but it doesn't seem to run when I select it from the menu.


    I've been unable to find easy instructions for running Gstreamer, so can't test output from that.


    Output from ls /dev/video* is:


    paul@paul-laptop:~$ ls /dev/video*
    /dev/video /dev/video2 /dev/video31 /dev/video43 /dev/video55
    /dev/video0 /dev/video20 /dev/video32 /dev/video44 /dev/video56
    /dev/video1 /dev/video21 /dev/video33 /dev/video45 /dev/video57
    /dev/video10 /dev/video22 /dev/video34 /dev/video46 /dev/video58
    /dev/video11 /dev/video23 /dev/video35 /dev/video47 /dev/video59
    /dev/video12 /dev/video24 /dev/video36 /dev/video48 /dev/video6
    /dev/video13 /dev/video25 /dev/video37 /dev/video49 /dev/video60
    /dev/video14 /dev/video26 /dev/video38 /dev/video5 /dev/video61
    /dev/video15 /dev/video27 /dev/video39 /dev/video50 /dev/video62
    /dev/video16 /dev/video28 /dev/video4 /dev/video51 /dev/video63
    /dev/video17 /dev/video29 /dev/video40 /dev/video52 /dev/video7
    /dev/video18 /dev/video3 /dev/video41 /dev/video53 /dev/video8
    /dev/video19 /dev/video30 /dev/video42 /dev/video54 /dev/video9


    I've spent a long time trying to sort this one out and am totally frustrated.



    Any help targetted at a newbie would be appreciated.



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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    Have you tried the settings in;
    Code:
    gstreamer-properties &
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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    Thanks for that advice. Output as follows:

    Code:
    paul@paul-laptop:~$ gstreamer-properties &
    [1] 1955
    paul@paul-laptop:~$ gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'artsdsink'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'esdsink'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'glimagesink'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'sdlvideosink'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'v4lmjpegsrc'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'qcamsrc'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Skipping unavailable plugin 'esdmon'
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Error running pipeline 'Video for Linux (v4l)': Device "/dev/video0" does not exist. [v4l_calls.c(168): gst_v4l_open (): /GstPipeline:pipeline6/GstV4lSrc:v4lsrc1]
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Error running pipeline 'Video for Linux 2 (v4l2)': Cannot identify device '/dev/video0'. [v4l2_calls.c(488): gst_v4l2_open (): /GstPipeline:pipeline7/GstV4l2Src:v4l2src1:
    system error: No such file or directory]
    gstreamer-properties-Message: Error running pipeline 'Custom': Cannot identify device '/dev/video0'. [v4l2_calls.c(488): gst_v4l2_open (): /GstPipeline:pipeline8/GstV4l2Src:v4l2src2:
    system error: No such file or directory]
    The really weird thing is that the output from 'ls /dev/video*' seems to have changed:

    Code:
    paul@paul-laptop:~$ ls /dev/video*
    ls: cannot access /dev/video*: No such file or directory
    I would have thought this indicates a hardware problem?? Except that Windows XP works fine (if slow)

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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    Have you tried the camera in a different USB port? It running, but slowly, in XP would make me think hardware too.
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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    yes, have tried all different ports. XP as a whole runs slowly (especially to load), but Web cam and skype are fine on XP. Probably just need to remove some software as I don't think I've run into any hardware problems using XP and I did conduct Memory Testing (for a while) before most recent installation of 10.04.

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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    It seems that Logitech does not play nicely with Ubuntu. I've seen a lot of threads about Logitech cameras failing to work. Here's one that may help you: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1897464

    And perhaps a more promising one here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1893830

    Hopefully those can set you in the right direction.

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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    Thread moved to Multimedia & Video.

    Hopefully some others can see your problem here and give advice.


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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    I also have a D610 with a Logitech web cam, and with Lubuntu 11.10 in a fresh install Guvcview works out of the box (actually I worked with the developer to fix some bugs in the previous version, so I can almost promise you a good result).

    The version number must be 1.5.3 or above.
    Last edited by mrgs; March 24th, 2012 at 11:21 PM.
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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    I also have a D610 with a Logitech web cam, and with Lubuntu 11.10 in a fresh install Guvcview works out of the box (actually I worked with the developer to fix some bugs in the previous version, so I can almost promise you a good result).

    The version number must be 1.5.3 or above.
    THanks, and yes, I have tried Ubuntu 11.10 on this D610 and found the camera did work but the computer because ridiculously slow (and some other things didn't work - I can't remember) so I went back to Ubuntu 10.10. Maybe I should try the Lubuntu version. I was just hoping that if they can fix it for Ubuntu 11.10 couldn't they also fix it in 10.04??

    thanks for the tip.

    You wouldn't have any advice on my wireless issue as well would you? Would Lubuntu fix that? See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1945971

    Cheers,

    Paul

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    Re: Logitech web cam on Ubuntu 10.04

    10.04 being maintained means that security bugs are fixed, not that new functionality is added. It is very unlikely that Guvcview will be backported.

    Xubuntu and Lubuntu 11.10 are your best options. When you have one of these running with wired internet access we can take a look at the wirefree.
    Last edited by mrgs; March 25th, 2012 at 10:31 PM.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts
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