ov51x and the eye-toy camera

Ulrich Steffens ulrich at barfuss-jerusalem.org
Sat Sep 16 16:46:08 UTC 2006

Am Samstag, den 16.09.2006, 16:27 +0100 schrieb perl105:
> Im completely new to Linux and being able to use a webcam will stop my
> frequent swicthing back to Windows everytime I need to chat with
> someone and use it at the same time.
> Any ideas would be great.  Also I am planning to use the webcam with
> MSN Messenger service primarily and I believe that aMSN is the client
> to use.  Are there any others that support webcams?  Or any plugins for
> other clients such as GAIM/Jabber/Skype?
> Sorry forgot to mention that I am on Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)
> -- 
> perl105

hi, i don't know the guide you was referring to, but i have the same
camera working here in edgy. it also worked flawlessly in dapper.
go to


and follow this guide. that's the way to go.
and to complete the guide i suggested, do the following:

# create a file that tells ubuntu what to do everytime you plug in the
# camera
sudo touch /etc/modprobe.d/ov51x
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/ov51x

# and fill in (should be ONE line!)
install ov51x /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install ov51x; /sbin/modprobe

# save the file

now ubuntu knows what modules should be loaded when the camera is
plugged in

to test it, go to applications > internet > ekiga
this is a softphone like skype and can use the camera.
in the video dialogue, choose V4L not V4L2, and it will find the camera.

as for skype/aMSN: i have never tried them, so can't say anything about.

for more info go to

hope this helps

  - ulrich

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