Logitech Quickcam Orbit MP

Can this camera be used with openSUSE?

When I plug it in, nothing happens. Don’t know how to ‘introduce’ it to the OS. According to http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/, “Linux 2.6.26 and newer includes the Linux UVC driver natively. You will not need to download the driver sources manually unless you want to test a newer version or help with development”; so, if the drivers are included, what would one need to do to get it working?


If it is supported by the kernel driver (uvcvideo module) then it should just work. When you connect it, confirm the driver in use…


You can filter the output so that only the Quickcam device is reported (eg by chipset Vendor ID 046d)

usb-devices|awk '/046d/' RS="


If the device is working, there should be a device node present as well

ls -al /dev/video*

You can test the device using a webcam viewer eg guvcview. You may need to install it first (from the Packman repo)…

zypper in guvcview

A useful reference…

Thanks for the quick reply.

There’s no mention of Logitech when I try the first command, but I do get that ID, I think:

T:  Bus=07 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=01 Cnt=01 Dev#=  5 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
D:  Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=01 MxPS=64 #Cfgs=  1
P:  Vendor=046d ProdID=08c2 Rev=00.05
C:  #Ifs= 4 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=500mA
I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=01 Prot=00 Driver=uvcvideo
I:  If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=uvcvideo
I:  If#= 2 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=01 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio
I:  If#= 3 Alt= 0 #EPs= 0 Cls=01(audio) Sub=02 Prot=00 Driver=snd-usb-audio

This is what I get with the listing command:

crw-rw----+ 1 root video 81, 0 Jul 24 21:50 /dev/video0

Again, am I correct in assuming that’s it?

Shall try the camera viewer presently.


PS: I tried Cheese previously, but-------

Actually, Cheese now found it.

And now it doesn’t find it anymore. Some erratic behaviour with this camera.

Yes, that is as expected…and you can see that the webcam device is bound to the uvcvideo driver. (It also incorporates a microphone device.)

Did you try re-connecting it? I’m not sure if kernel power management behaviour might inhibit such a device after a period of inactivity.

BTW, if you want to get the name of the device associated with the chipset details, examine using


It is a very old webcam. I remember i played with it more than 10 years ago.

My memory tells me the driver name was " pwc " or something like that, at that time.

Since it is very old, it is possible that the driver is not compiled anymore in the default kernel as a module.
It is also possible that it is included in another driver.

I remember i could control the “pan tilt zoom” feature of this with linux, so if you find the code somewhere, it should be possible to adapt it to any newer kernel.
The name of the program was " setpwc " .

Please send us , the results of your search.

PS : i found these old links in my firefox and i share them here :

No, the device is supported by uvcvideo driver - you’ve already demonstrated that :wink:

# modinfo uvcvideo|grep 08C2
alias:          usb:v046Dp08C2d*dc*dsc*dp*icFFisc01ip00in*

Install uvcview or guvcview and see, if your Cam is working.