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    WebCam

    Hi,

    I tried to be prepared before I went to the store, so I printed out this web page: http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc and took it with me.

    I found the Creative Live! Cam Sync HD at the store for $25. The box says it is compatible with Linux Kernel 2.6.

    I plug it in to a USB port, the green light on the cam lights for a moment, then it goes out.

    I can't find any indication that the camera and microphone are present. Skype doesn't seem to know it's connected. Ubuntu system preferences and the like don't seem to know it's connected.

    Can anybody help?

    Thanks!

    Garry

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    Re: WebCam

    I can't find "Creative Live! Cam Sync HD" in that list. Would you open a terminal window, type in lsusb, and post the output.

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    Re: WebCam

    Thank you for the prompt reply.

    I found *this* webcam on the list, though: 041e:406c Creative Live! Cam Sync
    Here is the results of the lsusb:

    garry@garry-s5-1204:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04ca:004b Lite-On Technology Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 03f0:6b11 Hewlett-Packard Photosmart C4500 series
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 03f0:3a17 Hewlett-Packard Printing Support
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0a05:7220
    Bus 002 Device 019: ID 041e:4095 Creative Technology, Ltd
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 058f:6366 Alcor Micro Corp. Multi Flash Reader
    Bus 002 Device 017: ID 413c:3200 Dell Computer Corp. Mouse
    Bus 002 Device 006: ID 13fe:3e00 Kingston Technology Company Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 007: ID 154b:005b PNY
    garry@garry-s5-1204:~$

    Thanks so much!!

    Garry

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    Re: WebCam

    Try to install cheese
    1. sudo apt-get install cheese
    It should be working already, this site says so.

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    Re: WebCam

    I will install cheese.

    However, the link you provided says this:
    "Remember that Skype cannot access a camera video stream if another program (like Cheese or guvcview) is already viewing it. Close any such program and re-select the Skype video settings preview image before concluding that it doesn't work."

    And Skype is why I'm doing all this in the first place.

    Thanks!

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    Re: WebCam

    I have successfully installed cheese, and now have a functioning Webcam.

    Skype is acting as I was hoping, but I have not yet done an actual test call.

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: WebCam

    Skype and the webcam camera are working, but the microphone is not.

    Please see the attached status.

    I opened the only microphone configuration tool I could find, which is Sound Recorder.

    Thanks!



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    Re: WebCam

    Quote Originally Posted by Glkanter View Post
    "Close any such program and re-select the Skype video settings preview image before concluding that it doesn't work."
    And Skype is why I'm doing all this in the first place.

    ~
    now I can get that cam too without worrying! OR not..
    Last edited by asus-user; December 12th, 2013 at 06:03 AM. Reason: adding: OR not. timely reply from Glkanter that the sound doesn't work.

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    Re: WebCam

    Glkanter, you should be able to select the USB mic device in the Ubuntu sound settings. That is accessed by clicking the speaker icon in the default installation. Note that Skype and Sound Recorder are not the right tools for that.

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    Re: WebCam

    Thanks for that instruction.

    Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to troubleshooting. I had given up on system settings when I couldn't find anything about webcam video there.

    Once I clicked on the correct microphone input option, problem solved.

    This is the best support forum I've ever been a part of. Happy holidays to all!!

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