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    Default How do I install a webcam

    Hi,
    I'm a total Newbie and I wondered how I go about installing a very basic HP webcam on Suse 10.3 64bit.
    Thanks
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    Cool Re: How do I install a webcam

    What model is it? Exactly.
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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    HP calls just calls it a "Basic Starter Webcam". That's all the driver (for XP) says, too. It's only VGA.
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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    There is a package called uvcvideo, I believe it's listed as uvcvideo-default.

    You can check if your webcam is supported here:
    Linux UVC driver & tools
    I saw some mention of it a few HP webcams there. Once the drivers are working it should work with programs like Skype.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    I might seem a bit thick, but what do I do now? I installed the package, but can't find a mentioning of a webcam anywhere.
    I've been with Suse for barely 2 weeks, so please bear with me...
    thanks
    g

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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    just fire up something like KDE-tv,xawtv,kopete ( if they're installed ) then click on settings in either.Kopete would be best as it has a devices section,where you can see if the camera is working

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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    Quote Originally Posted by gilap View Post
    I installed the package, but can't find a mentioning of a webcam anywhere.
    There is also a how to guide here for web cams under opensuse:
    HCL/Web Cameras - openSUSE

    I prefer to test my webcam with the applications wxcam and camorama, but many users will test their web cam with kopete or amsn.

    Packman is a good place to look for packaged applications for devices such as webcams:
    PackMan :: Startseite

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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    gilap wrote:

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    > Hi,
    > I'm a total Newbie and I wondered how I go about installing a very
    > basic HP webcam on Suse 10.3 64bit.


    You have to find out first which driver it uses ...

    lsusb

    or

    hwinfo --usb

    shows maybe more information.

    With newer cams you might have luck and it's an uvc device, just search for
    uvc in the YaST software module and install it. For 10.3 you will find all
    kind of webcam drivers here:

    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_10.3/

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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    On 2008-06-11, gilap <gilap@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    > I'm a total Newbie and I wondered how I go about installing a very
    > basic HP webcam on Suse 10.3 64bit.


    There is no such thing as a very basic webcam.
    There is no common standard for webcams, unfortunately.

    Start with identfying the model/make, using lsusb.


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    Default Re: How do I install a webcam

    Thanks everyone for you help. I swapped my "basic webcam" for a Creative Live Cam and with the aid of some online tutorials managed to get it up and running.
    Thanks
    g

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