LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General > LinuxQuestions.org Member Success Stories
User Name
Password
LinuxQuestions.org Member Success Stories Just spent four hours configuring your favorite program? Just figured out a Linux problem that has been stumping you for months?
Post your Linux Success Stories here.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 04-03-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
hazel
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2016
Location: Harrow, UK
Distribution: Debian, Crux, LFS, AntiX
Posts: 2,139
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931Reputation: 931
My Namuga webcam now works, but I had to build a heck of a lot of stuff


I have a Samsung laptop with a built-in webcam that identifies itself as a Vimicro Namuga. More obscure you can't get! I have Dragora on it, which is perhaps not a good idea as it's a completely libre distro.

The video capture program provided is gtkam (a gtk front end to gphoto) but it doesn't see the webcam because it isn't on the gphoto list. Googling suggested that cheese wouldn't work either with this type of camera but that luvcview would. Unfortunately this is a mnoribund project; Debian has dropped it, which is always a bad sign. I got the source from Ubuntu and built it myself, but whenever I tried to use it, X crashed. Back to the drawing board!

Guvcview is a fork of luvcview and it is current. Unfortunately it has a string of dependencies that weren't available from Dragora (the distro has a very small repository). So I had to build several libraries before building guvcview itself, and then I had to patch the code to make it build at all. At one point I was really thinking of giving up Dragora altogether and putting Debian on it instead. But when I finally invoked the program -- wonder of wonders! -- I got a window with my face in it!

There are still a lot of error messages (I have no idea if they matter or not) and there is a huge time lag between my doing something and it showing up in the picture, but I'm chuffed that I got it to work at all.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Linux 4.4 seems to refuse to build IPv6 for the 64-bit build - 32-bit build works fine GameCodingNinja Linux From Scratch 2 02-07-2016 06:40 PM
Package manager wants to REMOVE a lot of stuff when trying to install Wine deps mike4ty4 Debian 1 06-29-2014 03:04 AM
LXer: I've been using Debian Lenny a lot -- and it works LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 04-19-2008 03:20 PM
New to... err.. a lot of stuff. GhostOfYoda LinuxQuestions.org Member Intro 4 07-27-2003 11:04 AM
Slackware sound works only every other time, what the heck? bobthebat Linux - General 3 11-01-2001 07:29 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General > LinuxQuestions.org Member Success Stories

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:42 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration