To where do I install webcam driver?

Asked by Motion_Noob on 2008-11-27

Using Intrepid Ibex. I've downloaded a Linux driver for my Logitech Orbit MP webcam. It's called "gspcav1-20071224.tar.gz" (which I got here, though that probably doesn't matter: ).

I believe I need to unzip it, untar it, compile it, and then make it. I didn't want to unzip it on my Ubuntu Desktop, because for all I know, it might consist of 300+ small files that will clutter the Desktop.

But most important, do I need to cd to the directory where the webcam will look for the driver, and unzip, untar, compile and make the driver there? If so, how do I know which directory that is?

Thank you very much for your help.

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Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #1

Are you sure that is the correct driver? I thought that the Orbit Webcam is a uvc camera.

The installation of the gspcav1-20071224 is really quite simple but before I advise you on how to do that I would like to know what the output is of lsusb and the ID numbers of your camera. It will be 046d:xxxx. Would you post back the values for xxxx.

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #2

OK, thank you. I believe it's a driver that will work, as opposed to the correct driver, based on what I've read here:

Do I simply run the following command within a terminal window in order to get that output you've requested?

john@john-UBU:~$ sudo lsusb

I don't need to cd to a different directory before running that command?

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #3

You do not need sudo.

In a terminal type: lsusb

I believe that the camera's ID is 046d:08c2. Please confirm.

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #4

OK, thanks. Here's what I believe to be the relevant line returned from lsusb:

Bus 003 Device 006: ID 046d:08c2 Logitech, Inc. Quickcam PTZ

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #5

According to this URL:
this webcam is described as "working with issues".
It is supposed to be a uvc compliant webcam so it should work in Hardy and thereafter. Try it before going further.

If you want to try the gspcav1-20071224 then proceed this way:

1. Create a folder in your Home directory and call it Webcam (for example).
2. Drag and drop your tar,gz file to that folder.
3. Double click the tar.gz file - that will untar it and create a folder called "gspcav1-20071224". Click on the new folder to open it and find "Extract" on the top menu. Click on Extract.
4. Open a terminal and type: "cd Webcam/gspcav1-20071224".
5. type: "sudo ./gspca_build

6. When it has finished, type cd to return to your home directory and press Ctrl+d to exit the terminal.
Good Luck.

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #6

Awesome! Thank you very much.

Incidentally, I'm not married to the Logitech Quickcam. If you were going to buy one for yourself to use with Motion, knowing what people have had good luck with, which would you purchase?

Thanks again Andre.

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #7

Assuming that you want to use your webcam for security, I would opt for one that reproduces clear images.
Some manufacturers of computer equipment have become Linux-friendly (unfortunately some have not).

With the above two points in mind, I can recommend the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000.

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #8


Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #9

Thanks Andre Mangan, that solved my question.

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #10


So I've purchased the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, but I don't see it listed here:

Can you recommend a driver?

Motion_Noob (motion-noob) said : #11

Thanks again for the help with the camera recommendation.