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On this page, you will find some informations to use GSPCA compatible USB webcams with your Armadeus board.


Some USB webcams work on Linux with the GSPCA driver (like the low-cost webcam of LDLC). The source of this driver is now included in the current Linux kernel (starting 2.6.27).

Because I don't hold any LCD screen for the moment, the next step is to stream webcam image over the Internet --- User:JulienL

Find your webcam model

In order to find your webcam model, you can connect your USB webcam to your computer and use dmesg.

  [  ] $ dmesg
  usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=04fc, idProduct=0561

With idVendor and idProduct you might be able to find the module to install. For GSPCA based wecam, a list is given in the Linux kernel documentation and can be found here :


In my case, the support of the spca561 module need to be added.

Install driver

Since GSPCA is incuded in the Linux kernel, you can use the following commands to install it.

 $ cd armadeus/
 $ make linux-menuconfig

Then you need to choose the right driver. In the case of the LDLC webcam :

Device Drivers  --->
    Multimedia devices  --->
        [*] Video capture adapters  --->
            [*] V4L USB devices  --->
                <M> GSPCA based webcams  --->
                    <M> SPCA561 USB Camera Drivers

Now you can build the kernel and update the board.

 $ make

Load driver

As you can see, your device is now recognized as a camera.

  # dmesg
  usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using mxc-ehci and address 3
  usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=04fc, idProduct=0561
  usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
  usb 1-1: Product: Generic Digital camera
  usb 1-1: Manufacturer: Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd.
  usb 1-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

You can load the kernel module using modprobe :

  # modprobe gspca_main
  Linux video capture interface: v2.00
  gspca: main v2.4.0 registered
  # modprobe gspca_spca561
  gspca: probing 04fc:0561
  gspca: probe ok
  usbcore: registered new interface driver spca561
  spca561: registered

To access your webcam, look at /dev/video0.