The method described here is still rather ugly, feel free to improve it.
Make it work on a PC
To be safe, you just first ensure the webcam works on a regular PC, and Linux in particular. This will minimise the problems you are likely to face (though it may not eliminate them altogether). The regular documentation applies:
Add video support to the kernel
The 2.6.24 kernel is provided without video input support enabled. There is a way to add the necessary modules without recompiling everything:
- download the source code for the kernel:
- make sure you have bzip2 and development tools installed:
- apt-get install bzip2 gcc make libc6-dev libncurses5-dev