Webcams & ubuntu - not friendly?

Asked by Robrto Sanchz on 2011-05-12

What are the official steps to use a webcam,

something like "ubuntu webcam for dummies"

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Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said : #1

In 90% of all cases it is:
- If it has a cable plug it in.
- Open an application that uses the camera, like Cheese.
(Cheese can be installed via the Software Center if it is not installed yet.)

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #3

1. I installed cheese from Software Center, It installs an old version, new one is only at cheese's site.
2. After installed from Software Center, error: "No device found"
3. I downloaded cheese's new version but I don't know how to install it.

* No really easy

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #4

Thank you Eliah, I also tried that page and same "No device found"

I am installing new version from server but now I got error :
      "checking for intltool >= 0.40.0... ./configure: line 14294: intltool-update: command not found
       found
      configure: error: Your intltool is too old. You need intltool 0.40.0 or later."

I am instaling the intltol 0.40.0 (or later)

Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said : #5

Well, it's not a problem with cheese, it seems to be the webcam. You are one of the other 10%.

To give us a starting point we need to know what kind of webcam you have.
Please post the output of "lsusb"!

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #6

done, but now I got this error message:
"cyn@ubuntu:~/cheese-3.0.1$ deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu natty main
No command 'deb' found, did you mean:
 Command 'debc' from package 'devscripts' (main)
 Command 'derb' from package 'libicu-dev' (main)
 Command 'dab' from package 'bsdgames' (universe)
 Command 'debi' from package 'devscripts' (main)
 Command 'xdeb' from package 'xdeb' (universe)
deb: command not found
cyn@ubuntu:~/cheese-3.0.1$ deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu natty main
deb-src: command not found
cyn@ubuntu:~/cheese-3.0.1$ gwibber-daily/ppa
bash: gwibber-daily/ppa: No such file or directory"

Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said : #7

This was not related to your question.

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #8

yes it is related, why?

it is the error I got while installing new version of cheese

Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said : #9

Try to focus on the problem, which is not cheese. Also installing the Gnome 3 repository is not the recommended way to get a new version of Cheese.

I asked you for the output of "lsusb".

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #10

My appologies.

ubuntu:~$ lsusb
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 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 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 005: ID 044e:3012 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 044e:3013 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 044e:3010 Alps Electric Co., Ltd Bluetooth Adapter
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 044e:3011 Alps Electric Co., Ltd
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 003: ID 05ca:1839 Ricoh Co., Ltd Visual Communication Camera VGP-VCC6 [R5U870]
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said : #11

Bad news: the VGP-VCC6 camera does not work under recent kernel versions. There are only experimental drivers for up to kernel 2.6.30.
It's a cheap device used in notebooks when the manufacturer is more interested in price than quality. If seen it in Sony notebbok a lot.

Robrto Sanchz (robech) said : #12

How I go about having the driver? Should I create it myself?

@Robrto Sanchz
You have marked this question as Solved. If you still want help, then you'll need to reopen the question (you can do that at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cheese/+question/157173) so that people know you still want help.

You should remove the PPA you added, since it doesn't help you any, but it does add lots of unstable software you probably don't want. To remove it, you can use the ppa-purge utility. See http://bigbrovar.aoizora.org/index.php/2010/01/10/how-to-safely-remove-ppa-repository-from-ubuntu/.

If by "create it myself" you mean compile the driver yourself, then yes, that might be necessary. Or maybe it will work after all, even without your having to compile it. Or maybe it will not work no matter what, even if you compiled it. Hopefully Thomas will reply to my inquiry below, and clarify the situation with this driver.

@Thomas Krüger
Why do you believe the driver only works for kernel version up to 2.6.30? In http://www.arakhne.org/ricoh/index.html, the driver at http://www.palmix.org/r5u870-en.html is said to work "for 2.6.30 kernels AND HIGHER" (emphasis mine). Unless I'm missing something, it would at least be worth a try. Perhaps more importantly, the reason the r5u870 driver is no longer developed is that development has shifted to the r5u87x driver. While according to http://www.arakhne.org/ricoh/index.html the r5u87x driver only works for UVC webcams, https://bitbucket.org/ahixon/r5u87x/src/881dbd07a263/docs/model_matrix.txt indicates that the VGP-VCC6 (Robrto Sanchz's webcam) is a UVC model. If I'm missing something here, please explain.