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Old 11-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Chicago suburbs
Distribution: Mandriva 2010
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trouble with creative labs webcam in Mandriva 2008

I have a Creative Labs webcam, model VF-0040
I was trying to use it with Skype.
The Skype setup panel doesn't recognize any video devices.
I tried Mandriva Linux Control Center/Hardware - the camera shows up at the bottom of the list, in 'Unknown/Others' category and the device 'webcam/instant'. This is what I get in the window on the right side:

Vendor: ‎Creative Labs

Description: ‎WebCam Instant

Media class: ‎

Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎2

PCI device #: ‎4

Vendor ID: ‎0x041e

Device ID: ‎0x4034

Sub vendor ID: ‎0x0000

Sub device ID: ‎0x0000

Module: ‎unknown

There is no config button below.

I tried Creative Labs support site but no luck there. They don't care much about Linux users..

Does anyone know how to setup this webcam?
Old 11-09-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Chicago suburbs
Distribution: Mandriva 2010
Posts: 88

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I was able to fix it myself! Woohoo!
I looked for other posts on LQ and one of the users suggested the program called spca.
In the 'install/remove software' manager i typed in 'spca'
I got a match called dkms-gspcav1
I installed it, rebooted the computer and voila! the webcam works!


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