I have a Z_Star webcam, which used to work perfectly well with OpenSUSE 11.3. At some time after updating to 11.4 (Tumbleweed, in fact) the device wasn’t recognized any longer. Skype and Kopete both show that I have no available webcam device. The lsusb command (see below) shows the camera is there. What am I missing?
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 054c:01bd Sony Corp. MRW62E Multi-Card Reader/Writer
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 046d:c317 Logitech, Inc. Wave Corded Keyboard
Bus 001 Device 019: ID 0ac8:307b Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. USB 1.1 Webcam
Then maybe the problem is you are missing a configuration file. What is your criteria for saying it is not recognized by 11.4 ?? Just not working in Skype ? Thats not a good criteria or its a bad thread title.
I gave away my (and my mother’s) gspca webcams to some MS-Windows users and purchased UVC compatible webcams. In my view the UVC compatible webcams work much better than the GSPCA, plus there is a very active and helpful support mailing list for the UVC webcams. As it stands today, I would not purchase a GSPCA webcam (nor any laptop whose integrated webcam was such a beast).
Did you try unplugging and plugging the web cam in ? Did you try booting without the webcam and then plugging it in after boot? How about the opposite? Booting with the webcam ?
I’m afraid that going with UVC seems the likeliest solution now. I tried unplugging the webcam and plugging it back in, and booting with/without the webcam, and changing the USB ports, and the results were always the same; no /dev device appeared…
I do still wonder what could have been changed in 11.4, seemingly making gspca stop working – though of course I cannot be sure that’s the actual reason; another change somewhere else may have been the cause for the disappearance of the device.