printer and webcam

I need help
I got sick of windows and like everyone else and without thinking I downloaded a top rated distro of linux and was done with windows. What I didn’t think about was that my brand new printer does not work with or is compatiable with Linux. So no one to my knowledge has designed a open source driver for it. It is a Lexmark x5340. I can’t seem to get my logitech web cam to work either. If anyone could please help me with this I would greatly appreciate it. I am using Open Suse 11.1 with Gnome. If anyone has any ideas of something I can do to fix this I would appreciate it because I am strapped and can’t afford with a new printer. Thanks alot.

Lexmark inkjet printers in the main do not work on linux; (ken yap says the laser printers of lexmark are fine);

OpenPrinting seems to confirm your printer will not work;

OpenPrinting database - Printer: Lexmark x5320

which country do you live in?

(Many countries have on-line forums where folks sell things off second-hand, and an inkjet printer may be sourced there)

for your webcam, open a terminal and type in


and post the results back here; maybe make the title

Results of LSUSB for webcam

as Suse has progessed from version 11.0 to version 11.1, webcams have become more tricky …

Bus 005 Device 003: ID 043d:0136 Lexmark International, Inc.
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 046d:08a6 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam IM
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

are you running 32 bit or 64bit Suse?

so your webcam appears on this page

Logitech 181 0x046d 0x08a6 QuickCam IM zc030x Hv7131R Yes Jpeg spca5xx/LE gspca v4l1/v4l2 ****

as needing the gspca driver;

OpenSuse’s guide to Webcams:

HCL/Web Cameras - openSUSE


  1. check if your webcam is UVC: they should be easiest to get going

check here Linux UVC driver & tools and yours is already identified as needing gspca

gspca drivers were installed into the kernel for 11.1 but it has NOT meant easy sailing

the advice from the top reference is:

If your webcam is on the gspca list, install the driver as follows:

OpenSuse 11.1

The gspca-drivers were added to the mainline linux-kernel in 2.6.27, so openSUSE 11.1 already contains drivers for most gspca-devices.

However, some applications still don’t work very well together with the new drivers,

a workaround is to preload a libv4l-compat library

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ <application>

before starting the respective application, i.e. for kopete you would type:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ kopete

This compat-library can be found in the package “libv4l”, which is available from OSS-Repo or (recommended) from Packman. (see - Additional YaST Package Repositories)

If you have a 64 bit system, you preload the library with:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/ <application>

If you want to run a 32 bit application (i.e. skype) on a 64 bit system, you first need to install “libv4l-32bit” (only available in the Packman repository) and run the preload-command used for 32 bit.

If this works for you, you can add the LD_PRELOAD-command to the startup command of your menu entry/desktop shortcut via menu editor or with right-clicking the desktop icon => properties => application => command respectively.

check on YaST if libv4l is installed: if not, get from Packman

let us know how you get along