[nSLUG] Re: webcams...

Mike Spencer mspencer at tallships.ca
Sun Nov 15 02:34:06 AST 2009

Michael Gillie <mikegpc at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm in a bit of a bind. I'm trying to get my hands on a webcam that will
> actually work with, you guessed it, Linux.

I can confirm that at least *some* older Logitech USB Quickcams work with

You might try http://www.pc700.com/ (902-468-9607), out near the north
end of Robie St.  When I was last in there, I was looking for a
bucketful of serial mice at junk price.  He wouldn't give me junk
price but had mice and a lot of other oldish stuff at reasonable

It's not clear from your post how close to the metal you're supposed
to be hacking.  There is an open-source Quickcam Linux module on


that works for me.  The web page and package docs are pretty clear on
which cams the module supports but you may have to open a 2nd-hand cam
to determine what chips it uses (or just take it home and try it) if
there's no model designation on the outside of the cam.

I don't see anything in the quickcam module docs about an API but it
does work with motion:


which is also open source and with mplayer. Haven't tried it with

There *are* old Logitech cams that use a parallel port interface.
AFAIK, there's no existing Linux support for them and you'd have hack
the hardware interface yourself. But I might be wrong; look here for
further driver help:


- Mike

Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
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