I’ve just bought the webcam in the title of this post at Alcampo and had a hard time trying to set it working.
In the pkg-spca5xx-devel Debian mailing list, Dmitry Semyonov says that this camera model is supported by the spca5xx driver, but its ID isn’t added to the driver source code yet. He’s published a patch, and I tried to apply it, but the patch utility complained. That was because the tabs would have been replaced with spaces or something. Then I discovered the “-l” option, which solved my problem and I could finally apply the patch.
At help.ubuntu.com I found detailed instructions about how to build the spca5xx source code, so, finally I had the work done.
I’ve written a recipe to perform all the steps. At first, copy the patch into the file /tmp/qcexpress.patch. Next, execute these instructions:
apt-get install spca5xx-source
tar jxvf spca5xx-source.tar.bz2
patch -lp1 < /tmp/qcexpress.patch
And, at the end, a living proof: MSN video chat using Kopete 🙂