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Old 02-07-2008, 12:23 PM
Karl Larsen
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

I use Skype which is an application that will let you talk with
another person and send a still picture of your choice and a current
webcam streaming vidieo if desired over the Internet. My Skpe is version
2.0.0.27 and it is a non-free software.

My computer is using the fully updated Ubuntu 7.16 and so far here
is how Skype is working. It is doing audio just fine because Ubuntu does
not have pulse audio. I hope this remains the case. But the video part
is not working both ways. I can see video from other people just fine.
But no video from a camera on my system goes to other people.

The camera I own is made in China by Logitek and is called a PC
Camera VUAS14. It has a USB plug and when plugged into Windows XT it
works just fine.

When I plug the camera into my Ubuntu Linux computer I see some hard
drive action as if a file(s) are being written. But looking at Options -
Video Devices on Skype shows "No devices found". I have got Ekiga loaded
and it also has a vidio test method and it does not find a device either.

What I need to know is what error files and what device files can I
check to see why the camera I own does not work. Also if someone has
Skype working with a webcam I would like to know what model of webcam it
is.

It is clear Skype and Ekiga expect to see a webcam but mine is not
seen for some reason.

Karl

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Old 02-07-2008, 01:06 PM
"Colin Brace"
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
again. What is the output?

If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.

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Old 02-07-2008, 01:15 PM
Bart Silverstrim
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

Colin Brace wrote:
> Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
> again. What is the output?
>
> If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
> webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.

My webcam (also a Logitech) creates a device at /dev/video0 when it's
plugged in, but the default permissions only allow Root to access it. I
usually just quickly run sudo chmod 777 /dev/video0 so my normal user
login can get to it, otherwise I have to sudo <application> to have
video open properly.


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Old 02-07-2008, 01:16 PM
Karl Larsen
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

Colin Brace wrote:
> Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
> again. What is the output?
>
> If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
> webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.
>
>
Here is the output.
karl@karl-desktop:~$ dmesg | tail
[ 74.060000] Time: acpi_pm clocksource has been installed.
[ 74.204000] Clocksource tsc unstable (delta = -67433957 ns)
[ 75.920000] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[ 80.932000] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[ 80.932000] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
[ 91.844000] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 3047.872000] usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and
address 2
[ 3048.088000] usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 3048.496000] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
[ 6784.012000] usb 1-2: USB disconnect, address 2
karl@karl-desktop:~$ dmesg | tail
[ 75.920000] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[ 80.932000] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[ 80.932000] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
[ 91.844000] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 3047.872000] usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and
address 2
[ 3048.088000] usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 3048.496000] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
[ 6784.012000] usb 1-2: USB disconnect, address 2
[ 6863.672000] usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and
address 3
[ 6863.888000] usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
karl@karl-desktop:~$

It looks like it is using ohci_hcd but I don't know what that is.

Karl



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Old 02-07-2008, 01:24 PM
Karl Larsen
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> Colin Brace wrote:
>
>> Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
>> again. What is the output?
>>
>> If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
>> webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.
>>
>
> My webcam (also a Logitech) creates a device at /dev/video0 when it's
> plugged in, but the default permissions only allow Root to access it. I
> usually just quickly run sudo chmod 777 /dev/video0 so my normal user
> login can get to it, otherwise I have to sudo <application> to have
> video open properly.
>
>
>
My system has no /dev/video* so it appears my camera does not get
that far. Can you find the model of your logitek webcam?


Karl


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Old 02-07-2008, 01:36 PM
"Colin Brace"
 
Default Getting Skype webcam working

In my case dmsg output looks like this:

[...]
[17393.656000] usb 5-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[17394.084000] usb 5-5: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[17394.272000] Linux video capture interface: v2.00
[17394.296000] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Live! Cam Optia (041e:4057)
[17394.556000] usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
[17394.556000] USB Video Class driver (v0.1.0)

Since your webcam isn't recognized, you have basically two choices:

1) buy one that is supported;

2) wait unti support for your model is added.

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