ov51x and the eye-toy camera
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)
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.
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
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
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
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