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How to: Eyetoy in Ubuntu Gutsy

Eyetoy + Ubuntu

I noticed I was getting a bit of traffic from people searching for 'Eyetoy Ubuntu' but the only article I had regarding the Eyetoy in Ubuntu was about Cheese. So, in an effort to make the Google results pointing here more useful, here is a How To about getting the Eyetoy working in Ubuntu Gutsy (I mostly followed this tutorial on Ubuntu Forums, with a few changes).

First, plug the Eyetoy into an available USB slot.

Then type this into Terminal and press enter.

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-\`uname -r\`

Go to http://www.rastageeks.org/downloads/ov51x-jpeg and download the latest ov51x-jpeg driver to your home directory. At the time of writing the latest driver was ov51x-jpeg-1.5.3.tar.gz.

Extract the the archive by typing this into terminal (change the filename if you have a newer one).

tar -xvf ov51x-jpeg-1.5.3.tar.gz
cd ov51x-jpeg-1.5.3

You should now be in the folder of the drivers so let's install them.

sudo make install
sudo modprobe videodev
sudo modprobe i2c_core

And thats it! If you want to test out the Eyetoy, then check out Cheese.

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