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    Jan 2006
    Lubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Howto Get Eyetoy Webcam working for Ubuntu

    Welcome to my second guide, "Howto: Get Eyetoy Webcam working for Ubuntu". This guide cannot be copied, or ripped, but instead just link to this post if you want to tell people about it, thanks. This way when I update this post, everyone always has the latest version!

    Before you do anything, you are required to have an Eyetoy Webcam, here is a picture:

    Step 1: Inserting the Eyetoy and checking if it is detected by Ubuntu.
    First, plug in the USB into the USB slot, and enter Device Manager (System>Administration>Device Manager).
    Scroll down, and see if the Eyetoy was detected by Ubuntu. It should look something like this.

    Step 2: Downloading and Installing the drivers needed.
    Load Terminal (Applications>Accesories>Terminal) and type in these commands:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    This will download and install the things needed to install the drivers. It will also download and install the headers for the kernel you are using.

    This will begin to download the driver. Make sure you save it into your home directory.

    Now, type in the following commands:
    tar -xvf ov51x-jpeg-0.5.4.tar.gz
    cd ov51x-jpeg-0.5.4
    This will enter the directory for the drivers.

    Now, lets install the drivers:
    sudo make install
    sudo modprobe videodev
    sudo modprobe i2c_core
    sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/extra/ov51x.ko
    sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/extra/ov519_decomp.ko
    Type these in 1 line at a time!.

    Now, to see if it worked, type into terminal:
    sudo apt-get install xawtv
    This will install "xawtv" where you can view the webcam, and see if it was working.
    Here is mine (note that I am mucking around with settings, so the hue and stuff is mucked up so its brighter then it really is:

    If anyone has the sound working, please PM me ASAP.
    Last edited by Josh1; March 31st, 2007 at 10:09 AM.


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