i have been tinkering with linux for a couple years (started with redhat 5.2), but i still have no idea what im doing. i stay with it because it gives me a break from the other 4 pc’s with windows. (which i have to fix when they break down). i have the same problem as the other person here. i have a webcam i would like to use for home security (motion sensor). its currently running with win xp home and cam wizard.
the box has no company name on it.
the only number on the box is PC35.
this is my “lsusb” output:
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0c45:6128 Microdia
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
The manufactur of my web cam is speedlink. Also I have to correct myself regarding the id-s I mentioned above. The vendor id is’1ae7’. The product id is ‘2001’. I already looked at other forums and it seems it is not on the list of uvc compatible devices. Also it seems it is not on the gspca list. Any ideas which chipset this web cam is using, and which driver would be suitable?
the reason why I did not sent the lsusb output is that it does not contain any useful information. The line which changed after I plugged in the camera is the following:
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 1ae7:2001
As you can see, there is no textual description of the vendor. However, the command dmesg returns:
hub 2-0:1.0: unable to enumerate USB device on port 8
usb 5-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 4
usb 5-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 5-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1ae7, idProduct=2001
usb 5-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
I already searched in the uvc and gscpa lists and was not able to find this vendor in it.
What’s about this ndiswrapper? I am aware of it is possible to include Windows network drivers with it. How do I use it to get my camera’s Windows driver into my OpenSuse?
The numbers 1ae7:2001 is the only information we need, the name means absolutely nothing.
Many manufacturers use many different chips, even in the same model cameras. That number is the actual chip identification number.
Not trying to be rude or anything, but when someone with (presumably) more knowledge on a subject asks for specific information, it is both wise and polite to give exactly what they asked for and not decide yourself what is relevant or not.
Have you added the webcam drivers repository yet?
You can do that by running Yast (the control panel thing from the system menu), and selecting software sources, then add, community repositories, then click on next.
You should see an entry called something like - Drivers for Webcams, select that then click on OK.
Once it has finished mucking about, unplug your camera, then plug it back in, then try using it again. You will need a webcam application to test it, SkypeKopete** or AMSN should do the job. There’s another good one only for Yahoo but I can’t remember the name right now.
You can install them usually through Yast - software management, or in the case of Skype, download it from their website and install it.
If the camera still doesn’t work, then you might be out of luck, sadly webcams, and especially the cheap ones, have very little support thanks to their manufacturers refusing to work with Linux.
All you can do in that case is buy a new one that is supported already by Linux.