Im trying to figure out if I can get the logitech messenger communicator webcam working with the Pi. (no, its not on the supported software list)

In searching for drivers, I came across this link where someone went to the trouble of compiling them. http://home.mag.cx/messenger/source/ Unfortunately I'm still learning linux, so I'm not entirely sure how (if at all possible) to install these with Wheezy. Is this possible?


  • logitech cam plugged into a powered hub
  • lsusb: Device 006: ID 046d:08f5 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Messenger Communicate
  • Using motion, starts, gets a grey screen - 'unable to open video device'
  • ls /dev/video0* shows /dev/video0 which matches /etc/motion/motion.conf

--will try any other suggested troubleshooting

  • Try ls /dev/video* to get all interfaces. 046d:08f5 seems to be supported by the kernel.
    – M Noit
    May 22, 2013 at 4:44
  • Not sure if I should see more, that just gives me "/dev/video0"
    – KHibma
    May 22, 2013 at 5:04
  • Just for a test, try running motion as root, it might be a permission problem.
    – mulaz
    May 22, 2013 at 12:03
  • As root same deal, no go. I borrowed a different cam from work, and it works fine. So yeah...not sure how, if possible to get this one going
    – KHibma
    May 23, 2013 at 2:48


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