Firewire iSight in Fedora?

Does anyone know how to get a firewire (ieee1394) iSight camera working in Fedora? I would have expected to see a video device come up in the kernel, but I seem to get nothing useful.

Google appears to be saturated with posts about the build in USB iSight cameras which need firmware.. not what I’m after.

Packages libdc1394 libraw1394 libavc139 are all installed. I’m trying to get it to work with Ekiga, but anything like dvgrab would be fine too – I remember in Debian/Ubuntu that I could install some libpt packages to get it working, but no such luck so far in Fedora..

This is what I see in the kernel when I plug it in..
firewire_core: skipped bus generations, destroying all nodes
firewire_core: skipped bus generations, destroying all nodes
firewire_core: giving up on config rom for node id ffc0
firewire_core: rediscovered device fw0
firewire_core: phy config: card 0, new root=ffc1, gap_count=5
firewire_core: phy config: card 0, new root=ffc1, gap_count=5
firewire_core: created device fw1: GUID 000a270004149a86, S400

I can’t see any usable video device being created there. Perhaps there’s a missing kernel driver, not sure.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

3 Responses to “Firewire iSight in Fedora?”


  • I would like to know how to get this working in debian lenny. I thought this should be supported by the kernel, I can see that firewire is installed already. I have tried to use coriander after finding reference to that, coriander complains is needs raw1394 and video1394 and that it needs /dev/raw1394 and /dev/video1394 which dont exist.

  • Further to previous post I submitted, I got this working, I was using inmod instead of modprobe to start the modules I needed. Those mount points existed after that. I then added myself to group disk and coriander could start. Still need to do something about loopback to use V4L.

  • Hey Mathew,

    Mount points? Anyway, I haven’t used it in Debian for a while, but I’m pretty sure that it automatically loaded the correct kernel drivers. To get it working in programs such as Ekiga, I had to install some extra packages, but the raw devices were there. If you can’t get it working I can plug it into a Debian box with firewire and have a play.

    -c

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