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I've just installed Debian “Squeeze” and would love it if I could get my webcam up and running.

I've Googled for a solution, and there's a package named pwc that I need to install to get it up and running (it's a Philips driver, but runs on my Logitech too if I am correct).

So, I did a apt-cache search pwc but the only result is

setpwc - program to set and query settings of (mainly) Philips WebCams.

So, how do I install the correct driver for my webcam?

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It's more "unfamiliar" than "hard". –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 1 '12 at 19:47
    
Try luvcview from the luvcview package, that works with my QuickCam Pro 9000. –  Martin von Wittich Sep 22 '13 at 22:35
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Have you just "tried it" ? Linux often has the drivers you need already ready & waiting, usually you just need to plug it in.

A simple program to see what the camera's seeing is Cheese. Look for that in your package manager (e.g. Synaptic) and install it.

Plug your camera in and start Cheese.

SMILE!!

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Cheese does not work either. I got no webcam usb hardware listed up :( –  Jason94 Aug 6 '12 at 6:45
    
Hmmm, "no webcam usb hardware" means the system isn't recognizing your webcam. lsusb should show something relating to the camera, but it does depend on the drivers. The kernel module 'pwc' supports a range of usb prod:vend items, could you post your prod:vend values from the 'lsusb' output? (looks like: 046D:08B1 (as an example)) You could also do tail -f /var/log/syslog and watch the output AS you plug in the camera, it could show some information pertaining to why the camera isn't being seen. –  lornix Aug 6 '12 at 21:24
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