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Old 07-16-2004, 01:12 PM   #1
jeffreybluml
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Need serious help with webcam and /dev/v4l


Im running Mandrake 10 Official. I am trying to get me webcam up and running, and keep hitting wall after wall. I finally managed to get xawtv installed, and I got the nw802 (driver?) installed after many hours of trying and patching. Here's is my biggest stumbling block...

When I try to start wmwebcam or webcam_server, they are both trying to access /dev/video or /dev/video0. The problem is, I had none. So, I created /dev/video0 and sym linked /dev/video to it. I knew this wasn't going to work, just because they are there doesn't make linux "mount" my webcam there. Everything I am reading is talking about how I am using the new /dev system, and therefore my webcam should be at /dev/v4l/video0. Problem is, I have no /dev/v4l

So, how do I get my webcam "mounted" at /dev/v4l, or for that matter how do I tell where it IS mounted? typing mount does not show anything that isn't there without the cam plugged in, and here's what I get from lsusb

[root@localhost bus]# lsusb
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 06a5:d800 Divio Chicony TwinkleCam
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 045e:006a Microsoft Corp.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 051d:0002 American Power Conversion Back-UPS Pro 500
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

It's a cheap GE webcam, but near as I can tell the Divio stuff is supported. That's where I got the nw802 from. So, how to I convert the output of lsusb into something that tells me where the device is being mounted?

I'd like to use wmwebcam, and have the option of passing the -d argument to tell it where the camera is, but I can't find it anywhere?

Any suggestions?

I know I'm wording everything really poorly, and for that I apologize, but my brain hurts from trying this so long and I'm wiped out.

Let me know if something is not clear, or what other info would help.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!!
 
  


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