Thursday, October 23, 2008

Install Hercules Webcam Deluxe and use it with Skype

Hi folks!

This is a summarize post in order to install successfully the Hercules Webcam Deluxe or another webcam compatible with the ov51-jpeg module, and use it with Skype without problems with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron).

0. First of all, we have to install the linux headers for the current version of the kernel

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

1. Then, we will proceed to install Skype using the mediubuntu repository (skip if already installed)

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list && wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype-static

2. To install the module (driver) of the webcam, run the following command

wget && tar -xvf ov51x-jpeg-1.5.9.tar.gz && cd ov51x-jpeg-1.5.9 && make && sudo make install && sudo depmod -A && sudo modprobe ov51x-jpeg

3. In order to use the webcam together with Skype we have to add the option "options ov51x-jpeg forceblock=1" to the file /etc/modprobe.d/options. We will do this running this command

echo "options ov51x-jpeg forceblock=1" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/options

Ok, I hope I could help somebody. Have fun ;)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hercules Webcam Deluxe instaled on Ubuntu and working with Skype!

This is a brief tutorial about installing the webcam Hercules Webcam Deluxe in Ubuntu or Debian distributions.

It is dedicated to my brother Roger who owns the same webcam as me.

1. To install the drivers you need first the linux headers. You install them typing on a terminal window (Applications -> Terminal on Ubuntu):

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

2. You need to to get the modules for your webcam:


(If this results in an error, check the rastageeks ov51x-jpeg directory, maybe you have to download a newer version)

3. Then you extract the drivers:

tar -xvf ov51x-jpeg-1.5.9.tar.gz

4. And Change directory to where your sources are:

cd ov51x-jpeg-1.5.9

5. Prepare the installation files


6. Compile the modules:

sudo make install

7. And install them:

sudo depmod -A
sudo modprobe ov51x-jpeg

8. You should now be able to enjoy images from your webcam. To view if it worked you can download and install wxcam, plug-and-play your webcam and you should be able to see video your streaming with wxcam

9. Now, if you use Skype on your computer and you always see a black square, you can make your webcam working with Skype with the following code:

echo "options ov51x-jpeg forceblock=1" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/options

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Free society, Free Software

Hi guys! I recently opened this blog as a english translated mirror of our catalan blog, joinfreesoftware. We hope we can help not only catalan people but also everyone able to understand english. As allways I hope you delight this movie.

This blog is still in beta and we will keep it only if it works. See you guys!!

Play Ultima Online in Linux Using Razor!

Hi! This is a brief tutorial about installing Ultima Online with Wine on Linux using (or without using) the free shard client Razor

1. To install it we must have Wine and Cabextract installed. For our Debian/Ubuntu distributions we just have to type in a terminal the following code:

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract

2. Afterwards we install the library that wine lacks using winetricks and the Microsoft .NET Framewok platform with the following code:

sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6
sh winetricks dotnet20

3. The we download the game Ultima Online: Mondains Legacy from:

In order that we can play properly the game we must put the following installation directory when the game installation wizard ask for it:

C:\Program Files\EA Games\Ultima Online Mondain's Legacy

4. Once the game is installed, we execute it and we leave that the game auto-patchs alone so it is up-to-dated, and then we copy the following extracted files to Ultima Online directory (/home/guillem/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EA Games/Ultima Online Mondain's Legacy). The old files will be then replaced with the new ones.;8678894;/fileinfo.html

5. Then we install Razor downloading it from:

6. In order to play Ultima Onlline we open Razor and we spacify the Server and the Port desired. If we don't know any Server to play with, we can always use one of the deafult servers that Razor give to us, for exemple we can choose "UOGamers: Divinity (T2A)". Now we choose a name for our account and a password and the account will be automaticly created. Now we must decide how will our character look like and his skills and we can begin playing :)

Hope I could help you guys!

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