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Old 06-14-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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How to use HD webcam in Debian

Hello all,

(HD = H.264)

I have a HD Webcam installed in my laptop. Once my webcam was crashed so Dell Support replaced it with new webcam which is supposed to be HD. I used Dell webcam central in windows and confirmed that my webcam is HD. But in linux i so not see any such option under "Cheese".

I see extreme resolution of 1600x1200 under Cheese but no HD. Cheese even hangs and do not record smooth video when i use 1600x1200. SO is there any way to find out the model of HD webcam installed in my laptop and install correct drivers to use HD recording smoothly?

Debian 7 Wheezy 64
3.2.0-4-amd64 Kernel
Gnome 3.4.2


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Old 06-16-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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Hi, check your distro for a HCL (Hardware Compatability List)

There are some good ones around, like Arch-linux HCL for Dell

You can get the pci id for the unit with
With that hex code you can lookup pciids to find out more about your device/webcam.



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