In my haste to transfer the current version of XDeck to a liveCD and persistent USB installation I inadvertently broke the entire thing with the boot sequence terminating in a kernel panic stating: "kernel panic - not syncing : VFS: unable to mount root FS on
unknown-block(2,0)". After much googling, tweaking and general fidgeting nothing seemed to resolve the issue. I tried rebuilding the kernel; checking device maps, boot scripts, fstabs and all manner of other things to no avail before I eventually decided to give up. A quick dd later and the failed attempt has been backed up to a... more
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:28

After much faffing and hassle I finally managed to get this cam working.

Here is how I did it:

uninstall any previous versions of uvcvideo and/or r5u870 drivers open your favourite console and type:

kwrite /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

add 'blacklist r5u870' at the end of file (without quotations)

cd to any temp directory

svn checkout svn://

cd trunk

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Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 22:15

I've applied for a load of new jobs, I've worked my arse off and so far to no avail.

Hopefully something will pan out soon.

I ran into some weird problems recently in Linux. My webcam works when I use luvcview but does not work using gqcam or skype for linux. I spent a long time trying to solve this, and haven't quite managed it yet. It appears to be some problem with v4l and v4l2 which I can't quite work out. There also seems to be some problem getting the cam to work using mplayer. I've tried a few workarounds, but no results yet.

Admittedly, having only used linux... more

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 00:41