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kreie 08-17-2005 07:45 PM

trying to hook up logitech quickcam communicate stx
Running Fedora Core 3, kernel 2.6.12-1.1372_FC3. A couple of questions...This webcam is pretty darned new so it is difficult to find any information on this.

When my logitech quickcam communicate stx is plugged in it is absolutely not showing up in lsmod or /proc/bus/input. (lsusb freezes the terminal if I try to use it). I checked a driver list to see if there were drivers for the quickcam communicate stx, and there are not, BUT just about every other Quickcam is supported, and I see that QuickCam Messenger will support the Communicator (though obviously not the communicator STX). So, the computer doesn't even see it, but I figured it oculdn't hurt to install the drivers for the other quickcams and see if maybe that will do the trick. As far as I can tell, though, this doesn't work, and also, the qc-usb drivers are among the most cantankerous thing I have ever had to install.

Perhaps the communicator is new enough that a driver is not out yet? Is a driver currently under development somewhere? I guess I am just tyring to figure out if there si some sort of sneaky method I might have missed or else if a driver will come out for this eventually or if I should give up and fork over the extra $50 for the QuickCam 4000 (which apparently runs just fine on linux).

ankscorek 08-17-2005 08:06 PM

ok type this command

#tail -f /var/log/messages/

now plugin your webcam and observe the changes that come in the those logs .....

kreie 08-17-2005 08:21 PM


Originally posted by ankscorek
ok type this command

#tail -f /var/log/messages/

now plugin your webcam and observe the changes that come in the those logs .....

Not damn thing comes up, even after waiting for a few minutes. The last thing in the log is from a session close 15 minutes ago. It is like USB doesn't even know it exists.

ankscorek 08-18-2005 03:00 AM

so the solution is recompile the kernel with webcam support and video 4 linux built in it

powadha 08-18-2005 03:46 AM

Without the lsusb you can't find the chip info and leaves you quite helpless. Webcams use different chips in the same cam so you will need this info (Vendor en Product ID).

If you happen to get that info you can see if your cam is supported by the spca driver here

kreie 08-18-2005 11:08 AM

anksoreck: v4l1 and v4l2 are already built into the kernel, and xawtv is installed as well. I don't know if "webcam" is a specific package but my other webcam (3com HomeConnect) works fine on my machine, (though admittedly it was a struggle), so my machine does have webcam support.

powadha: lsusb seems to work on my Xandros box, so I dug up the chip info (0x46d 0x8ad). Damn.

Which leads to my final question: will there be a driver out for my webcam at some point kinda soon, or should I just suck it up, return it to the store, and buy the QuickCam 4000?

ankscorek 08-19-2005 07:56 PM

u have to build the following entries in your kernel

video4linux = y
digital video broadcast =y
and in webcam u have to look for your web cam and build it as a module

kreie 08-21-2005 10:45 PM

Fixed my problem by returning it and buying the Logitech QuickCam 4000. Plugged it in and it found it right away!

powadha 08-22-2005 05:16 AM

Nice, installing Mercury messenger will make you forget about ms messenger quickly. For webcam support you need to install the beta version btw.

kreie 08-22-2005 10:34 AM

It appears that I spoke too soon. Regardless of the program I use (camstream/camE/gnomemeeting), the video display is just a flat gray. It shows up as "pwc" under videodev in lsmod, the light comes on the camera, and the pwc drivers are installed, so I am just sort of puzzled.

powadha 08-23-2005 01:49 AM

Not all cams are fully supported yet. I guess it's a driver thing. I had grey screens a few driver versions back of the spca driver. The latest version gives me a nice full color image (using a Logitech Quickcam Express).

ankscorek 08-24-2005 02:44 PM

my xcam gives me a gray still o/p but i use it with Gyach and it gives me perfect results

try using the gyach scripts....

tristaf 09-09-2005 05:21 AM

I found a driver running with Logitech quickcam STX:

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