Aldi/Tevion Video Chat Webcam

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:13

Last fall, Aldi had a great deal on a little VGA USB webcam — and I had been wanting to pick one up for a few reasons, not the least of which was trying the video “ISBN scanner” Delicious Library (and similar programs) has. I didn't have time to do much with it beyond plugging it in and seeing that the camera was not going to be a plug-and-play matter. So it sat there… until tonight.

When I could not get it to work with macam, I googled the USB string 0x60fe, which I found on the Linux-USB site as being the Tevion model MD85081. A bit more digging revealed that it uses a Sonix SN9C110 video chipset. After trial and error, finding that programs such as macam did not handle my little camera, I decided to look up the manufacturer of the chipset. Going to Sonix's web site, I found out they had a driver for cameras based on their controller, which I downloaded here. I was surprised and pleased that they actually had a Mac OS X driver! After installing that driver, the webcam now works in Photo Booth, Delicious Library and other programs that can look for a video source — other than iChat, which needs iUSBCam to find the camera. The little shutter button on the webcam even works — if you tap that, Preview opens up with a snapshot taken from the camera.

I'm rather pleased, I must say!


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I've often been disappointed at the vast array of chipsets and matching lack of drivers on webcams. You are blessed, indeed.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Jun 23, 2008 | 13:14

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Yes, indeed. It may not be perfect, but I'm happy to have it work and it suits my purposes great! Not bad for $15!

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 24, 2008 | 5:57

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i need the tevion videochat starter kit driver if you have send it to me or tell me where i can download it
please && thank youu :)

Posted by diana - Jul 1, 2008 | 15:36

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See the link above in the piece. :)

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jul 3, 2008 | 1:34

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I TO NEED THE TEVION VIDEOCHAT STARTER KIT DRIVER FOR WINDOW VISTA HOME PREMIUN ON A CD OR A WEB SITE:idea:

Posted by william - Aug 6, 2009 | 13:50

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Had same problem; the Aldi MD 85081 webcam was popular here a few years ago, and never got it to work on a Vista system. But installing the correct driver for the SN9C110 controller did the trick! Note I found 2 drivers on the sonic.co.tw website, you have to use the 'USBPCCamPlus_v5.21.1.000_WHQL.exe' version.

Just so you know.

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