Saturday, November 29, 2008

Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 on Ubuntu

I bought a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 today for a linux box (Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex). My preliminary research on this webcam found a few people getting it to work out of the box with Intrepid.

My story was anything but. The webcam did get detected by whatever hotplug manager du jour is for Ubuntu. However Skype test call wasn't working. After a few hours of google searching -- there goes my Saturday -- I fixed the problem and here are my notes.
  • sudo apt-get remove --purge pulseaudio (another sound server du-jour)
  • System/Preferences/Sessions, uncheck Pulse Audio
  • System/Preferences/Sound, set everything to ALSA, set Sound Capture to USB Device OSS
  • Skype/Options/Sound Devices, Sound In -> USB Device (plughw), Sound Out -> Default, Ringing -> Default
Now video is flickering. Very annoying. I have an ATI card with compiz running. Fix is to turn off "TexturedVideo" in xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "fglrx"
Option "TexturedVideo" "off"


Anonymous said...

awesome. thanks for sharing. saves folks alot of time :)

Anonymous said...

GLORIOUS!! I thought I tried every setting possible, but apparently not.
I had a similar problem with a different Logitech camera using Ubuntu 7.10 (where pulse audio isn't even a factor). I just needed the settings, which seem to be working for me.
Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks...I stumbled on your post. I've been going mad trying to figure this one out. Now I can finally convince the wife to get rid of Windows and install Ubuntu on our main computer. Finally!