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Old 07-20-2005, 02:36 AM   #1
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Advice on getting USB Web Cam to work

Hello I own a GE PC Camera Pro HO98064 web cam that I can not seem to get to work in linux. Specifically Unbuntu 5,4 with kernel Linux version 2.6.10-5-k7 .

My lspci command shows:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 73 5 Host (rev 01)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Vir tual PCI-to-PCI bridge (AGP)
0000:00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS 85C503/5513 (LPC Bridge)
0000:00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]: Unknown device 0016
0000:00:02.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 07)
0000:00:02.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 07)
0000:00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev d0)
0000:00:0b.0 Multimedia video controller: Conexant Winfast TV 2000 XP (rev 03)
0000:00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Macronix, Inc. [MXIC] MX987 13
0000:00:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
0000:00:11.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Li ve! EMU10k1 (rev 07)
0000:00:11.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 07)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV250 If [Radeon 9000] (rev 01)
0000:01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV250 [Radeon 9000] (Secondary) (rev 01)

My lsusb command shows:
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05a9:8519 OmniVision Technologies, Inc .
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 147a:e001 Formosa Industrial Computing , Inc.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 10d5:0315 Uni Class Technology Co., Lt d
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

I found a web page that inspired me to purchase this web cam at Target because I thought it was compatable with linux. Because the page showed the camera highlited in green with the text " Works with ov51x driver". The lsusb command shows the camera is detected, but I can't get any application for web cams to use the camera.

So far, the only application I have tried really to use the camera is gnome meeting, was hoping others out their would have advice on what else I could try.
Old 07-21-2005, 01:47 PM   #2
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First, make sure you have a /dev/video0 (don't know Unbuntu - on occasion it's /dev/v4l/video0 ) device in the first place.

I use xawtv as the workhorse app to test stuff like that.

Hope it helps,
Old 07-22-2005, 01:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply mlp68, I've tried xawtv as you suggested. And xawtv only gave me the option to watch television thru my tv tuner.

Ubuntu configured a tv tuner I have as /dev/video0.

I found anouther post that asked if the conflict between the tuner and camera were resolved if you removed the tuner out of the computer.

I plan to try that and see if the conflict is resolved.

However before I do that, my /dev directory is as fowllows:
adsp ptya4 ptyef ptyta ptyy5 tty29 ttyc1 ttyqc ttyS8 ttyx2
agpgart ptya5 ptyp0 ptytb ptyy6 tty3 ttyc2 ttyqd ttys9 ttyx3
audio ptya6 ptyp1 ptytc ptyy7 tty30 ttyc3 ttyqe ttyS9 ttyx4
audio1 ptya7 ptyp2 ptytd ptyy8 tty31 ttyc4 ttyqf ttysa ttyx5
cdrom ptya8 ptyp3 ptyte ptyy9 tty32 ttyc5 ttyr0 ttysb ttyx6
cdrom1 ptya9 ptyp4 ptytf ptyya tty33 ttyc6 ttyr1 ttysc ttyx7
cdrw ptyaa ptyp5 ptyu0 ptyyb tty34 ttyc7 ttyr2 ttysd ttyx8
console ptyab ptyp6 ptyu1 ptyyc tty35 ttyc8 ttyr3 ttyse ttyx9
core ptyac ptyp7 ptyu2 ptyyd tty36 ttyc9 ttyr4 ttysf ttyxa
dmmidi ptyad ptyp8 ptyu3 ptyye tty37 ttyca ttyr5 ttyt0 ttyxb
dri ptyae ptyp9 ptyu4 ptyyf tty38 ttycb ttyr6 ttyt1 ttyxc
dsp ptyaf ptypa ptyu5 ptyz0 tty39 ttycc ttyr7 ttyt2 ttyxd
dsp1 ptyb0 ptypb ptyu6 ptyz1 tty4 ttycd ttyr8 ttyt3 ttyxe
dvd ptyb1 ptypc ptyu7 ptyz2 tty40 ttyce ttyr9 ttyt4 ttyxf
evms ptyb2 ptypd ptyu8 ptyz3 tty41 ttycf ttyra ttyt5 ttyy0
fd ptyb3 ptype ptyu9 ptyz4 tty42 ttyd0 ttyrb ttyt6 ttyy1
fd0 ptyb4 ptypf ptyua ptyz5 tty43 ttyd1 ttyrc ttyt7 ttyy2
full ptyb5 ptyq0 ptyub ptyz6 tty44 ttyd2 ttyrd ttyt8 ttyy3
hda ptyb6 ptyq1 ptyuc ptyz7 tty45 ttyd3 ttyre ttyt9 ttyy4
hda1 ptyb7 ptyq2 ptyud ptyz8 tty46 ttyd4 ttyrf ttyta ttyy5
hda2 ptyb8 ptyq3 ptyue ptyz9 tty47 ttyd5 ttys0 ttytb ttyy6
hda5 ptyb9 ptyq4 ptyuf ptyza tty48 ttyd6 ttyS0 ttytc ttyy7
hdc ptyba ptyq5 ptyv0 ptyzb tty49 ttyd7 ttys1 ttytd ttyy8
hdd ptybb ptyq6 ptyv1 ptyzc tty5 ttyd8 ttyS1 ttyte ttyy9
hpet ptybc ptyq7 ptyv2 ptyzd tty50 ttyd9 ttyS10 ttytf ttyya
initctl ptybd ptyq8 ptyv3 ptyze tty51 ttyda ttyS11 ttyu0 ttyyb
input ptybe ptyq9 ptyv4 ptyzf tty52 ttydb ttyS12 ttyu1 ttyyc
kmem ptybf ptyqa ptyv5 ram0 tty53 ttydc ttyS13 ttyu2 ttyyd
kmsg ptyc0 ptyqb ptyv6 ram1 tty54 ttydd ttyS14 ttyu3 ttyye
log ptyc1 ptyqc ptyv7 ram10 tty55 ttyde ttyS15 ttyu4 ttyyf
loop ptyc2 ptyqd ptyv8 ram11 tty56 ttydf ttyS16 ttyu5 ttyz0
lp0 ptyc3 ptyqe ptyv9 ram12 tty57 ttye0 ttyS17 ttyu6 ttyz1
lvm ptyc4 ptyqf ptyva ram13 tty58 ttye1 ttyS18 ttyu7 ttyz2
MAKEDEV ptyc5 ptyr0 ptyvb ram14 tty59 ttye2 ttyS19 ttyu8 ttyz3
mapper ptyc6 ptyr1 ptyvc ram15 tty6 ttye3 ttys2 ttyu9 ttyz4
md0 ptyc7 ptyr2 ptyvd ram2 tty60 ttye4 ttyS2 ttyua ttyz5
md1 ptyc8 ptyr3 ptyve ram3 tty61 ttye5 ttyS20 ttyub ttyz6
md10 ptyc9 ptyr4 ptyvf ram4 tty62 ttye6 ttyS21 ttyuc ttyz7
md11 ptyca ptyr5 ptyw0 ram5 tty63 ttye7 ttyS22 ttyud ttyz8
md12 ptycb ptyr6 ptyw1 ram6 tty7 ttye8 ttyS23 ttyue ttyz9
md13 ptycc ptyr7 ptyw2 ram7 tty8 ttye9 ttyS24 ttyuf ttyza
md14 ptycd ptyr8 ptyw3 ram8 tty9 ttyea ttyS25 ttyv0 ttyzb
md15 ptyce ptyr9 ptyw4 ram9 ttya0 ttyeb ttyS26 ttyv1 ttyzc
md16 ptycf ptyra ptyw5 random ttya1 ttyec ttyS27 ttyv2 ttyzd
md17 ptyd0 ptyrb ptyw6 raw1394 ttya2 ttyed ttyS28 ttyv3 ttyze
md18 ptyd1 ptyrc ptyw7 rtc ttya3 ttyee ttyS29 ttyv4 ttyzf
md19 ptyd2 ptyrd ptyw8 shm ttya4 ttyef ttys3 ttyv5 urandom
md2 ptyd3 ptyre ptyw9 snd ttya5 ttyp0 ttyS3 ttyv6 vbi0
md20 ptyd4 ptyrf ptywa sndstat ttya6 ttyp1 ttyS30 ttyv7 vcs
md21 ptyd5 ptys0 ptywb stderr ttya7 ttyp2 ttyS31 ttyv8 vcs1
md22 ptyd6 ptys1 ptywc stdin ttya8 ttyp3 ttyS32 ttyv9 vcs2
md23 ptyd7 ptys2 ptywd stdout ttya9 ttyp4 ttyS33 ttyva vcs3
md24 ptyd8 ptys3 ptywe tty ttyaa ttyp5 ttyS34 ttyvb vcs4
md3 ptyd9 ptys4 ptywf tty0 ttyab ttyp6 ttyS35 ttyvc vcs5
md4 ptyda ptys5 ptyx0 tty1 ttyac ttyp7 ttyS36 ttyvd vcs6
md5 ptydb ptys6 ptyx1 tty10 ttyad ttyp8 ttyS37 ttyve vcs7
md6 ptydc ptys7 ptyx2 tty11 ttyae ttyp9 ttyS38 ttyvf vcsa
md7 ptydd ptys8 ptyx3 tty12 ttyaf ttypa ttyS39 ttyw0 vcsa1
md8 ptyde ptys9 ptyx4 tty13 ttyb0 ttypb ttys4 ttyw1 vcsa2
md9 ptydf ptysa ptyx5 tty14 ttyb1 ttypc ttyS4 ttyw2 vcsa3
mem ptye0 ptysb ptyx6 tty15 ttyb2 ttypd ttyS40 ttyw3 vcsa4
midi ptye1 ptysc ptyx7 tty16 ttyb3 ttype ttyS41 ttyw4 vcsa5
mixer ptye2 ptysd ptyx8 tty17 ttyb4 ttypf ttyS42 ttyw5 vcsa6
mixer1 ptye3 ptyse ptyx9 tty18 ttyb5 ttyq0 ttyS43 ttyw6 vcsa7
net ptye4 ptysf ptyxa tty19 ttyb6 ttyq1 ttyS44 ttyw7 video0
null ptye5 ptyt0 ptyxb tty2 ttyb7 ttyq2 ttyS45 ttyw8 video1394
port ptye6 ptyt1 ptyxc tty20 ttyb8 ttyq3 ttyS46 ttyw9 xconsole
ppp ptye7 ptyt2 ptyxd tty21 ttyb9 ttyq4 ttyS47 ttywa zero
psaux ptye8 ptyt3 ptyxe tty22 ttyba ttyq5 ttys5 ttywb
ptmx ptye9 ptyt4 ptyxf tty23 ttybb ttyq6 ttyS5 ttywc
pts ptyea ptyt5 ptyy0 tty24 ttybc ttyq7 ttys6 ttywd
ptya0 ptyeb ptyt6 ptyy1 tty25 ttybd ttyq8 ttyS6 ttywe
ptya1 ptyec ptyt7 ptyy2 tty26 ttybe ttyq9 ttys7 ttywf
ptya2 ptyed ptyt8 ptyy3 tty27 ttybf ttyqa ttyS7 ttyx0
ptya3 ptyee ptyt9 ptyy4 tty28 ttyc0 ttyqb ttys8 ttyx1
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Old 09-17-2005, 01:37 PM   #5
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I'm just now experimenting with the same camera on gentoo linux. I think the problem is that the USB Audio driver is claiming the device before the ov511 driver gets a chance. I'm going to recompile with USB Audio as a module and let you guys know if I have any luck in doing so.

BTW: is there a specific 'ov51x' driver that I'm not seeing in my kernel tree... or did it turn into 'ov511' at some point in the history of 2.6.x ?
Old 09-17-2005, 02:51 PM   #6
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Good news all, I've gotten this web cam to work using the ov51x-jpeg driver. You can find this driver here:

have a good time playing with your cam's.

btw: the USB audio driver thing was not the problem, both drivers need to be installed to get video and audio out of your cam (i think).
Old 11-13-2005, 12:35 PM   #7
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it needs work

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Old 11-13-2005, 01:30 PM   #8
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:03 PM   #9
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Hello foolsh,

I followed step by step your precedent post.

I have a Eye toy webcam (playstation 2) which needs a ov519 driver.

By following your procedure when I type
sudo modprobe ov518_decomp
It returns:
FATAL: Module ov518_decomp not found.
So where can i get the ov519_decomp module instead of the ov518_decomp?

Thank you.
Old 06-30-2006, 11:43 AM   #10
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yeah sorry for the crappy webpage. but to get back to the subject, six months later, ..crips I should check my email more
the ov518_decomp.ko and the ov519_decomp.ko module should have landed in the same .../lib/modules/kernal name/extras/ directory

hmmm try # sudo update-modules
and a reboot
Old 07-13-2006, 02:22 PM   #11
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Speaking of replying 6 months later....

I just wanted to post and say thank you to all those who replied to my orginal question.

It took me till July to finally start experimenting with all the tips shown to get this camera working and I'm happy with the results after I finally did.

Again thank you.

I'm currently using Ubuntu Dapper 6.06

Linux kernel version 2.6.15-26-686
Intel Celeron 2.4 GHZ
Via P4M266 motherboard
1024 MB Ram
Integrated Pro Savage 8 Graphics (Plan on updating to some kind of 3D enabled Nvidia AGP Card with tv output at a later date.)
160 GB Maxtor IDE Drive
Realtek GB ethernet adapter
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could not find foolsh link page so in case it does not work for you try

then try

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