Ancient USB Camera Success Story

I just wanted to post how I got my camera working, in case it helps someone in the future - this forum came up a lot while searching for answers.

Camera model

Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000

What is the problem?

Control page camera was stuck loading the stream

What did you already try to solve it?

I was so frustrated with getting this ancient crappolah 9000 webcam working, I was about to uninstall OctoPi/OctoPrint and try Mainsail. Reading up on their webcam setup instructions (Webcams | Mainsail) I came across the idea using the v4l device directly instead of video devices like /dev/video1. This, amazingly solved everything!

  1. on the raspberry pi i ran ls /dev/v4l/by-id which output two long ids
  2. I copied the first of the ids into my octopi.txt like so: camera_usb_options="-r 640x480 -f 10 -d /dev/v4l/by-id/LONG_ID_CODE_HERE"
  3. rebooted (sudo shutdown -r now) and ka-blamo, camera is working!

Hope this helps someone else!