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Old 07-26-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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Problems using USB webcam on Linux

Hey people! Sorry for the double-post...but no one in Slackware forum helped me. Please, if you can, help me on the link below...
Old 07-26-2006, 10:25 PM   #2
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Possibly, you do not have usbfs set up in your fstab, and /proc/bus/usb/devices does not exist.
Are you using a 2.4 or 2.6 kernel? Your kernel must support usbfs. Check your kernel .config

#ls -l /proc/bus/usb/devices
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 0 2006-07-27 11:26 /proc/bus/usb/devices
(this should be the output - if not your system is not correctly setup).

Using a 2.6 kernel and udev you need to add lines to your fstab and create the appropriate directories.
#pico /etc/fstab

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0

#mkdir /sys
#mkdir /proc/bus/usb

If you are using a 2.4 kernel you need to do some research. Or upgrade to 2.6, I guess.

From a Slackware user.

Last edited by The_Outlander; 07-26-2006 at 10:27 PM.
Old 07-26-2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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chesh, thanks a lot for the help! I've added these lines to my fstab and now both lsusb and cat /proc/bus/usb/devices . It is really weird that the slackware developers didn't add them to the default fstab, but what can you expect of a distribution where the newest release is in the kernel 2.4...

well, my webcam keeps with problems but at least it is not a usb problem...

thanks again for the help!
Old 07-27-2006, 05:49 AM   #4
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As someone who has been on the forums for a while, you should know that double posting is a no no. If you feel that your post is not in the right forum, report it, so that a moderator moves it to a different one.

I am closing this thread and the conversation will continue here.

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