March 4, 2007

Throw me a bone here, Lazyweb

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 8:40 am

So, I’ve got a laptop here with a built-in Sonix sn9c201-chipset camera. It’s not working for me, because apparently there’s no Linux drivers for it, but that’s life in Linux-land.

But hey, wierd thing, I do have drivers for it. I’ve got a .rar file that has compiled FC4 drivers for it, but no source code. In fact, if running strings on it is any indication, that file has driver for tons of ostensibly-unsupported webcams in it. Take a look at what the result from strings has in it, if that sort of thing turns your crank. It’s got USB IDs galore in there (Hi, Google!) and as far as I can tell, none of those have existing drivers in the tree.

Of course, I can’t use those, because I’m not using Fedora Core 4.

Somebody created this, and some other people say it works, and I can’t find them. There’s no email address in the readme.txt file or the code, no contact information whatsoever, and my googly efforts have come up totally empty. Help me out here, Lazyweb. Where does this code come from?


  1. supports the SN9C211, which is not what you have, but it’s worth looking at.

    Comment by Quotation — March 4, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

  2. …and there’s a Debian package for that (I’m guessing you still like Debian): spca5xx-source. Of course, you need to use module-assistant to build the actual modules, and it probably won’t work for your camera, so that’s probably not sufficiently lazy for you…

    Comment by Mike Richters — March 7, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

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