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sarahwilli9229 02-28-2010 02:19 PM

I need a webcam thats works with my linux
mmk so heres the deal, I put Linux on my Dell Inspiron and I want to be able to use a webcam on it, only problem is my CD drive is broken so i cant install software and someone told me i need a webcam compatable with linux and my computer, so i need some help haha. Any advice is appreciated.Thanksss.

teebones 02-28-2010 02:36 PM

what kind of cam is it? (manufacturer and type)

EricTRA 02-28-2010 02:43 PM

Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

I recently was looking for a decent webcam that would work with Linux and went to this site. It worked out of the box on my Slackware 13 and then I bought one for my wife too, and on her Ubuntu 9.04 it worked also like a charm. The one I bought was the Logitech Quickcam Orbit/Sphere AF, but anyone with the green checkmark behind it should do.

Kind regards,


sunnydrake 02-28-2010 05:02 PM

QuickCam from logitech. I think it's better to focus on raw cam image quality( it can be very poor without filters implemeted in properitary drivers).All my 3 CIF cams detected by kernel(logitech,noname,builtin).

bret381 02-28-2010 05:06 PM

I have a logitec C120 webcam that worked OTB with Slackware 13. Haven't tried it with Arch, but hopefully it iwll work :)

sarahwilli9229 03-01-2010 12:09 PM

Well i havent bought the webcam yet, i want to know which one would be a good one to buy and im looking for one thats relativly cheap. My only problem is that my disk drive is broken so i cannot put a CD in to load up software. So i guess id have to be able to download some software for a webcam, or be able to transfer it to a jump drive. Haha im just generally very new to Linux Ubuntu and honestly im still trying to figure it out, thats why im having so much difficultly. so yea some more help would be much appreciated. thank you!! :)

bret381 03-01-2010 01:54 PM

again logitech c120. worked out of the box without having to install drivers. cost 19.99

mryuck 03-01-2010 02:38 PM

Logitech Quickcam for Notebooks is not that great. It works good in optimal lighting but in low light it is pretty hard to see anything, even with the brightness maxed. 046d:08dd is the product. The UVC compatible cameras in the link from EricTRA are your best bet.

sarahwilli9229 03-01-2010 03:10 PM

Thanks guys your awesome haha
I would have been totally lost on my own. I bet though ill be back with more questions if i cant figure this all out.
:D i love this site hahaha

no2498 03-02-2010 02:18 PM

before you go out an buy a new cam try your cam the with program cheese
you should already have it in the applications graphics or in sound&video
if it comes on good if not
open a terminal type ( gstreamer-properties ) click enter
click video try v4l1 or v4l2 click the bottom test button for each 1
if it does not come on change the top setting an start over

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