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Old 11-16-2008, 05:36 AM   #1
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Creative Webcam Live and Ubuntu

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10. Before the upgrade, I was using Creative's Webcam Live, Version VF0050. with 8.04 the installation was a breeze since it was a plug and play. With the upgrade, the camera does not work at all, the system does not recognize the camera.

Is there anyone that has experienced similar problems and managed to work their way through to the camera working.
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the sidux wiki may help...written by a great guy heh heh

apt-get update && apt-get install libv4l-0
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ camorama (replace camorama with other applications if needed)

and you appear to need the new gspca module?

lsmod | grep usbcore result if no good pls
Old 11-17-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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well, i have almost the same problem,

my webcam is recognonize but it won't work with skype

it just freeze, with xawtv i am able to see but with this erros

This is xawtv-3.95.dfsg.1, running on Linux/i686 (2.6.27-7-generic)
xinerama 0: 1152x864+0+0
/dev/video1 [v4l2]: no overlay support
v4l-conf had some trouble, trying to continue anyway

and it shows the webcam... anyone know why it won't work with skype ?? thanks

and using v4l-conf i get

v4l-conf: using X11 display :0.0
dga: version 2.0
mode: 1152x864, depth=24, bpp=32, bpl=8192, base=0xd1000000
/dev/video1 [v4l2]: no overlay support

and it won't configure ( i guess )

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Old 11-18-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Creative Webcamera not working


I tried the commands. No luck. Camera now not only does not work but when I try to use it I get kicked off Skype. Now that may be due to my ineptness since I am not particularly literate in Linux. I mostly muddle my way through.

I even tried using the System, Administrative, Snaptic package manager to get and install and again no luck.

So I am gradually thinking of going back to 8.04 or possibly trying Fedora 10 when it is released this month. Most people I know around where I live use Fedora. That's not a huge field of people though.

Any suggestions in small, simple words with details?
Old 12-01-2008, 06:06 AM   #5
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Skype and Creative lab Webcam live

Apparently there has been a module change in the linux kernal. The kernel change I believe was between Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. I was never able to get the webcam to work with 8.10.

In F10 I was able to get F10 to recognize the webcam, to get sound, and to download Skype and get it working with text. It never recognized the webcam and while the sound system worked according to the tests, it would not work when using Skype. Indeed when I tried to use Skype all I got was an error message. Again that was when trying to use the sound. This change was caused by the module change in the kernel.

It appears that Skype will have to adapt its software to accept the new kernel.

If anyone out there comes up with a patch or work around it would be nice.
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You are far from alone with webcam problems in Linux.
Hopefully you will find something to help you by visiting this link and subsequent ones.
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I have expanded wiki to include links to searchable sites for various webcams.

note I agree that v4l (one) is different from v4l (two) and that may be your issue.

The first step is to find what driver you are supposed to use.

But that means you need to run
lsusb to determine the manufacturer and product ids to search with more certainity

this is the reason why

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