Linux Compatible: Logitech E1000 USB Webcam - on the shelves now!


I was at Walmart yesterday - cruising the technology aisle, as I do often. I always make it a point to checkout different retailers to see what, if any, GNU/Linux compatible products they have for sale. This time I was looking through the USB webcams for one that said "GNU/Linux" under the system requirements.

So I didn't find any boxes marked "Works with Linux", but then I saw this webcam (the Logitech E1000) for only $16.88. So then I though to myself, I could buy this webcam, take it home and test it with GNU/Linux, and if it doesn't work, I'll just bring it back and exchange it for another one to try until I find one that works. This is the beauty of shopping at Walmart, lol, they guarantee your satisfaction - even if it means you will swap out one product for another a few times.

Well so I bought the Logitech E1000 USB webcam, I took it home, plugged it in to my Dell Inspiron 530n running Ubuntu 8.10, installed cheese (sudo apt-get install cheese), and guess what? The camera works like a champ!

The lsusb command output for this particular webcam is:
ID 046d:08af Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Easy/Cool

The uname -r command output from my Dell Inspiron 530n with Ubuntu 8.10:
2.6.27-11-generic














Here are some webcam enabled programs that worked for me with this USB webcam.

Cheese 2.24.2 (simple webcam program)

ekiga 2.0.12 (VOIP client)

Camera Monitor 0.2 (Simple Program to Show if the Webcam is on)

gqcam 0.9.1 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so gqcam -v /dev/video0

camorama 0.19 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so camorama

aMSN 0.97.2 (07/25/2008)

Kopete version 0.60.4 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so kopete

Skype 2.0.0.72 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
per http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-997807.html

Here's a sample pic from the webcam:















Also checkout the links below for more information on getting your USB Webcam up and running in Linux:
http://www.linux.com/base/ldp/howto/Webcam-HOWTO/framegrabbers.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6910868

And for the Logitech webcam users that are looking for some GNU/Linux love:
http://forums.logitech.com/logitech/board/message?board.id=quickcam_software&thread.id=52709
http://www.quickcamteam.net

Comments

  1. Thanks I have been looking out for a new web cam for my wife, when I see one of these I'll definitely get one.

    dv_cool_fuel

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  2. Hi Shannon
    i'm unable to locate your email id on your blog site - hence am posting this request here.

    Am unable to use wireless on Ubuntu 8.1 becos the drivers for Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter are not enabled by default
    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/810#Atheros%20ath5k%20wireless%20driver%20not%20enabled%20by%20default

    Its on a HP Pavilion dv5-1050ee AMD Turion 64 bit co-existing with Vista 32-bit (i know u don't like it- but till i get my connections correct in Ubuntu 8.1 i hv to rely on Vista)

    thanks in advance
    Gopal
    Kuwait
    agkrish@gmail.com

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  3. @Gopal,
    Thanks, I updated my homepage link to point to an email form for contacting me.

    I was wondering, have you tried running the Ubuntu 9.04 livecd to see if it works that way?

    As for Ubuntu 8.10, checkout this article:
    http://unsharptech.com/2008/10/31/atheros-wireless-in-ubuntu-810-intrepid-ibex/

    Regards,

    Shannon VanWagner
    humans enabled
    digg bicep

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  4. Thanks for this post, it helped me get the E1000 I had just bought working, a quick edit of the menu item and bob is a close relative as they say :]

    Thanks again.

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  5. i wonder what the difference is I'm running ibex and this exact web cam gives me nothing but snow, cheese doesnt work skype no dice, lsusb see's the cam, and my T uname -r command output from my Dell lattitude D820 with
    2.6.27-11-generic any ideas ??
    thanks

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  6. @jacob... Did you try running this command from the gnome-terminal?
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so cheese


    If so, do you get any type of error message or anything?

    Also, what's the specific output from your lsusb command?

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  7. ok sorry it took me so long to get back you, i got it working i rebooted and at went well, weird, but thanks for getting back to me

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  8. I haven't had much of any problems with webcams in Ubuntu. I'm using a Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 and it works with Skype/Cheese/Ekiga all really well. and that's a *Microsoft* camera. :)

    The problem I have is actually Skype2 doesn't seem to get along with Jaunty very well. After anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes my sound stops working. Really frustrating.

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  9. Hi Shannon, greetings from Italy. I saw your blog by chance as I was going mad for installing a webcam on Fedora Core 9. Tried for some years without success and..bam...there's you. Bought it this morning and it works great. Thanks a lot and good luck. Alessandro, Rome/Italy

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  10. That WebCam works in Debian "Lenny" and with all that WebCam Software.Also as a streaming Video Server und Apache if anybody wants too.No problems!Good Linux compatible Hardware!

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  11. It doesn't works in my Ubuntu 12.04, neither with cheese neither with skype (the shell says there isn't v4l1compat.so)

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  12. @nicoelba - Thanks for mentioning it.. I have long since moved on to a newer higher-resolution webcam. I am able to find the file you mention at:
    /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so

    Apparently there's a debian bug report related to it as well:
    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=639106

    I think if you either make a shortcut in the form of:
    /bin/bash $(which cheese) LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    Or do some kind of linking so the program you're attempting can see this library.. You should be good. Let me know if I can help further.

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