Aiptek MegaCam 1.3 on the NSLU2

I have this camera for around 6 years, and it was gathering dust on my desk. I’ve tried previously to use it on the NSLU2, but on a prior version it didn’t work and it wasn’t supported.

But now the spca5xx chip used by this camera is supported in Linux,and there is a package for driver on the NSLU2 SlugOS package list, so here are the instructions:

Please make sure that first you have enabled the Optware repositories for installation of Optware packages

1) Install the usbutils: ipkg install usbutils
2) Install the video and the gspca1 module which supports the SPCA504a? chipset used by this WebCam?: ipkg install gspca1
3) Install the vidcat program: ipkg-opt install w3cam

That’s it:

1) Connect your usb camera anda make sure it is detected:

root@nslu2-nas:/var/log# lsusb                                                  
Bus 2 Device 1: ID 0000:0000 
Bus 1 Device 2: ID 04b4:6830 Cypress Semiconductor Corp. USB-2.0 IDE Adapter
Bus 1 Device 1: ID 0000:0000
Bus 3 Device 3: ID 04fc:504a Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd SPCA504a Digital Camera
Bus 3 Device 1: ID 0000:0000

2) Insert the drivers:

modprobe videodev
modprobe gspca

The lsmod output should be something like:

Module                  Size  Used by
gspca                 600708  0 
videodev               23072  1 gspca
v4l2_common            12640  1 videodev
v4l1_compat            11652  1 videodev

3) Try it: /opt/bin/vidcat -d /dev/video0 > photo.jpg
It takes a while (around 30s to 1 minute) just be patient.

I’ve posted this on the NSLU2 wiki also.

More Azores photos and webcams…

Enjoy with these amazing photos from Azores. Don’t you want to go there? 🙂

Magic places in the Azores: 

One of the smallest islands and the far most point of Europe, only 2000 miles, more or less, of America’s continent:

Also Espaço Talassa is a Whale Watching company, it also as a small but very friendly hotel (Whale’s come to Pico) also has a webcam:

So if you’re looking for some stress free, mob free, crazy free holidays, this is the place…