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Experiences using digital video under Ubuntu, Redhat 8.0 + 9.0. Details the frustrations of getting cool stuff up and running in Linux.


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Building a driver for the LogiTech Quickcam Express under Ubuntu Hoary (lsusb gives the device I'm using as 0x046d:0x0928:

1) Install the kernel source via synaptic - I installed 'linux-tree', 'linux-tree-2.6.10', and 'linux-source-2.6.10'

2) Unzip/untar the source installed in /usr/src/:

tar -jxvf

3) Copy the config for the kernel you're running into linux-source-2.6.10 from /boot:

cp /boot/config-2.6.10-5-686 linux-source-2.6.10/.config

4) Build the config:

cd linux-source-2.6.10; make oldconfig

5) Build the kernel (need to do this so the appropriate header files are generated):


6) Download the spca5xx driver from, unzip, untar somewhere (/usr/src?):

tar -zxvf spca5xx-20050315.tar.gz

7) Link the kernel source directory from 2) into the /lib/modules/ directory for your kernel:

ln -s /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.10 /lib/modules/2.6.10-5/build

8) Build/install the spca5xx driver:

cd spca5xx-20050315; make; make install

9) Plug in your webcam and give it a go (xawtv works fine).

You will probably need to fiddle with the gamma/RGB gain/offset values to get decent colours (see the README file in the spca5xx-20050315 directory)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Slacker! Now onto ubuntu - everything 'just works' - luxury!

Now attempting to install mythtv on a hoary ubuntu install - sudo apt-get install mythtv installs what's needed, but it doesn't want to work nicely with my web camera. Until I can get the web camera working smoothly there's no way I'm going to spend any cash on an HDTV tuner... stay tuned.