Logitech QuickCam Messenger on Ubuntu 9.04 using Skype

This article shall help you getting a Logitech QuickCam Messenger (ID: 046d:08f0) running on Linux Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) using Skype.

To make sure, you got the right cam, plug it into your computer.
Check if your camera matches my ID by running:

lsusb | grep QuickCam

There should be something like this:

Bus 008 Device 003: ID 046d:08f0 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Messenger

If your ID matches, please continue, otherwise you might be lucky and can start installing Gstfakevideo straight away. However this “Howto” was only tested for a QuickCam Messenger with the ID above. For other IDs please take a look here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SkypeWebCams<

All you need before we start:

sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-dev pkg-config subversion linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential

Remove the old quickcam_messenger module because it will not deliver the correct colors for our cam. If you do find a solution for this problem, please leave a comment! Thanks. Anyway removing the installed module:

sudo rmmod quickcam_messenger

To make sure it is not going to be loaded again we add the following line at the end of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

blacklist quickcam_messenger

Download the new qcmessener module:

wget http://home.mag.cx/messenger/source/qc-usb-messenger-1.8.tar.gz
tar xzvf qc-usb-messenger-1.8.tar.gz
cd qc-usb-messenger-1.8

Apply this patch:

wget -v http://kuhrti.de/files/qc_2.6.28_patch.txt
patch -p0 < qc_2.6.28_patch.txt

Continue installing:

sudo make install
sudo insmod ./qcmessenger.ko

Ignore the “Kernel configuration is invalid.” errors.

Give it a test:

sudo qcset /dev/video0 compat=dblbuf
sudo gst-launch-0.10 v4lsrc device=/dev/video0 ! ffmpegcolorspace ! ximagesink

If every thing works go on and install Gstfakevideo:

svn checkout http://gstfakevideo.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ gstfakevideo
cd gstfakevideo
sudo make install

Create a new file (i.e. in your home directory) called skype.sh and add these lines:

gstfakevideo v4lsrc device=/dev/video1 ! ffmpegcolorspace

And run:

chmod a+x skype.sh

Now reload the module

sudo rmmod qcmessenger
sudo modprobe qcmessenger compatible=6 video_nr=1

Info: run

sudo modinfo qcmessenger

to view more options.

Create a new file /etc/modprobe.d/qcmessenger.conf and add:

options qcmessenger compatible=6 video_nr=1

This makes sure, that your webcam will always be /dev/video1 (as /dev/vidoe0 is needed for gstfakevideo) and uses “dblbuf” (correct colors).

Add your account to the “video” group:

sudo usermod -a -G video <YOUR USER NAME>

Finally fire up Skype by running skype.sh. That’s it!

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