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Using Vivitar Mini Digital Camera as a WebCam on Ubuntu

Hey, I have the Vivitar mini camera. Ubuntu Linux retrieves the photos (and videos, I assume). My problem is that the WEBCAM feature doesn't seem to be active. I have installed several webcam usage software (the Windows one that came with the cam, with Wine, and a few Linux webcam software), and none automatically recognizes the camera as a webcam. Does anyone have an idea about how to get Linux to recognize the camera as a webcam?


Daniel K
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 01:08:47 +0000

Use lsusb as root to obtain the id of your device. It should be something like 0784:xxxx

Then go to to see if you device is supported.

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 18:23:53 +0000

I got these results using the lsusb command:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 093a:010e Pixart Imaging, Inc. Digital camera, CD302N/Elta Medi@ digi-cam/HE-501A
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

However, I wasn't able to figure out if it was supported. As far as I can tell, it's not. Can you help me find a way out of this?

Daniel K
Wed, 06 May 2009 04:09:27 +0000

Phots work great with gphoto2 or for gui gthumb image viewer. I also would like to get the webcam working. ID# 093a:010e

Chuck B
Tue, 09 Feb 2010 20:59:12 +0000

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