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JustinP526
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I'm using a Dell XPS M1330 laptop running openSUSE 13.2 KDE 64 bit.

It's running 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800, Intel Core2Duo T9300 (2.5GHz/6M/800MHz), NVIDIA GeForce 8600GS M and I do have the proprietary nvidia driver installed.

 

I can't even be sure that I installed the OS right to begin with. Optical drive won't read from CDs or DVDs so had to install from live USB flash drive. There should be an 8GB partition for swap, but yet system monitor shows no swap at all. So I must have screwed something up there.

 

I'll figure how to fix that later... for now I need to use the webcam to take some photos. Installed Webcamoid via yast and it won't take pictures. I'm assuming that I need a driver for the built in webcam, but no clue what the thing even is.

lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05a9:2640 OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OV2640 Webcam
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
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 002: ID 046d:c05a Logitech, Inc. M90/M100 Optical Mouse
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 046d:c31c Logitech, Inc. Keyboard K120 for Business
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

I've got a spare Logitech MK120 set plugged in since the built on keyboard is missing keys that a normal keyboard should have and the keys keep sticking. And I absolutely despise trackpads!!!

Any clue?

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looks like your webcam is seen so should just work.

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 05a9:2640 OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OV2640 Webcam

run this command

ls -ltr /dev/video*

does it show something like this

crw-rw----+ 1 root video 81, 0 Apr  4 01:56 /dev/video0

if so then just open vlc (install it if you don't already have it installed including vlc codecs) and click on media top left.

click on open capture device.

just click on play and it should show you the webcams output in the player.

 

now you know it's working.

more info if needed :- http://www.linuxintro.org/wiki/Set_up_a_Webcam_with_Linux

 

as to using Webcamoid to take a picture, never used it myself so once you've confirmed your camera is seen and works using the above info it should just be a case of reading webcamoids guide to figure out how to use it and take your pictures with it.

 

:b33r:

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Cheers!

 

Looks good according to the directions you just gave.

juuso@linux:~> ls -ltr /dev/video*
crw-rw----+ 1 root video 81, 0 Apr  2 17:04 /dev/video0

Opened vlc, media, open capture device, click play. A blue LED on the monitor lit up and a couple seconds later got a video feed type of display.

Guess I'll have to figure out Webcamoid or find some other program that will do what I need.

 

Much appreciated!!

:b33r:

 

Figured it out, there is a drop down menu to choose the device. Next to that drop down menu is a button to "start capture", once that is clicked it will start what appears to be video feed. While that is going I can click the "take photo" button to the left and it will make a picture.

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