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Old 11-15-2007, 03:27 PM   #1
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USB Webcam/Printer Problems

Hey everyone.

I'm completely new to linux and I've spent the last couple of weeks on google and everytime I think I find the right answer it never works so I'm hoping someone can help me out.

Basically I've got a PBX server (trixbox) running CentOS. I'm using this as a file server too and I've got webmin running.

I've 2 webcams lying about - one being an Intel Easy PC Camera and the other being some Microsoft LifeCam.

I'd love to set up the webcam so it would stream video or take an image every 30 seconds or something so I can view it with a web browser.

I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

Also I've got a HP LaserJet 1018 printer which I'd love to connect to the server and share it throughout my network so I can print to it from anywhere in my home - I believe webmin can do this but I'm having difficulty.

Thanks in advance.

Old 11-16-2007, 10:05 AM   #2
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Here is a link to Linuxprinting that says the printer 'mostly' works, and list the driver.

This driver should work with Cups. Install cups, install the driver and get the printer working first as a local printer.

Then you can solve your printer sharing. The solution will depend on the type of systems sharing the printer on the server. If they are linux systems, then install cups on the clients, and add the printer through the web interface of cups. localhost:631. If your clients are windoze, you will need to install Samba server on the linux system, and configure it. Once configured, and shared, on the windoze systems you add the remote printer. You will need the name of the share.

I don't have a web cam on my linux system. Only thing I can help with is; plug them in, and from a konsole run the command 'lsusb' and see if they are recognized. There are lots of threads dealing with USB web cams, so do a little looking around and find out what you need.
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Thanks for the response.

I personally use macs. However the rest of the computers in the house are windows based.

I'll give that a go and see if I can get it to work - I tried CUPS before but I couldn't get it to work.



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