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    Default Working Webcam - Logitech Communicate STX

    For those who may be interested.
    I found this cam at Radio Shack for about $50.
    With the cam plugged in, by typing: lsusb I get the id as 046d:08d7

    Attached is an lzm that will provide the drivers for this cam, motion, and a few scripts.

    Go to http://dexartmax.net/linux/
    Right click webcam.lzm and save it.


    Kopete
    Works. You can send and receive streaming video with Yahoo IM. I haven't tried any other IM service.
    To receive video you will need Jasper.

    Motion
    Very cool program that detects motion and takes a picturer. There are many features and adjustments. It even has a built in webserver.
    You can read more here: Motion
    The config file is located here: /usr/local/etc/motion.conf
    The images will be here: /var/www/htdocs/cam1

    Scripts
    webcam2Video - Uses mencoder to take all the images in /var/www/htdocs/cam1 and convert them into an avi (that actually plays in windows). Note: it does delete the images.

    webcamPlay - Uses mplayer to display a live cam image. This is useful for getting the cam set up.

    Directions
    Unplug the cam
    Goto the directory where webcam.lzm is.
    Type: lzm2dir ./webcam.lzm / to install motion, scripts, and driver.
    Type: depmod -ae to load the driver.
    Plug the cam in.

    Notes
    Motion does not configure the camera. You need to run the camera with webcamPlay.sh or kopete first.

    Motion runs as a daemon. Don't freak out when you type: motion and it puts you back to a prompt.
    I usually type: killall motion to stop it.

    To get the motion webserver running you need to change the settings in /usr/local/etc/motion.conf

    Why?
    Why use a webcam with backtrack.
    1) For one, it's cool. And believe it or not backtrack is a great Linux distribution for everyday use. Especially if you want to temporarily convert a computer to a home security system accessible from the internet.
    2) It impresses chicks.

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    I wonder if I can gut that thing out and will fit inside my eee-pc. I accidentally got the surf version and am looking for a webcam that will fit.

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    I have an ASUS eeepc with a inbuilt webcam.

    I would like to know if Backtrack has a webcam viewer or even has it installed? If It doesn't how do I go about doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevronX View Post
    I have an ASUS eeepc with a inbuilt webcam.

    I would like to know if Backtrack has a webcam viewer or even has it installed? If It doesn't how do I go about doing this?
    No it doesn't have anything built in.
    As for doing it I can't tell you how. But I would suggest you start over at:
    slackwareand then maybe
    slax
    good luck
    To be successful here you should read all of the following.
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    If you are new to Back|Track
    Back|Track Wiki
    Failure to do so will probably get your threads deleted or worse.

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    xawtv is an old favorite. Very simple and lightweight interface. Includes a command line utility called streamer for capturing the video and individual frames. For some strange reason, it doesn't appear to be in slackware.

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