Webcam setup

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Here's a guide for setting up your webcam in Arch Linux.

1) Identify the name of your webcam and find a proper driver. Below is a list of webcams, and what drivers they work with. Click on the link to the right of the device name for information on compiling modules and other information. If you get your webcam to work, add the name of the webcam and the driver you used to the list!

  • Logitech Quickcam Express (old model) - [qc-usb]
  • Logitech Quickcam Web - [qc-usb]
  • LegoCam - [qc-usb]
  • Dexxa Webcam - [qc-usb]
  • Labtec Webcam (old model) - [qc-usb]
  • Logitech QuickCam Notebook (some models) - [qc-usb]
  • Creative Labs Webcam Pro Ex (2.6 kernel, pwc module)

2) Edit rc.conf. In the modules=() array, add the module of your webcam. This will load your webcam module into the kernel at bootup.

3) Add the following to your /etc/devfsd.conf. This will give normal users permission to use /dev/video0 (your webcam).

# Give normal users access to webcam
REGISTER        video0       PERMISSIONS     root.users 0660

4) Get software to use your webcam.

  • xawtv - This is a basic webcam program. It will display what your webcam sees in a window. Install it using "pacman -S xawtv". Run it with "xawtv -c /dev/video0"

gnomemeeting - This is very similar to Microsoft Netmeeting. Get it with "pacman -S gnomemeeting". The configuration druid will set everything up for you.