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I'm the person who suggested freenect-glview ... if you can't see images from the camera at all, I'd focus on fixing that in isolation before you try using it with the ROS drivers. I don't know what your exact problem is, but I'd start asking:

  • Does it work under Windows? (I use OSX/Ubuntu, so can't suggest a program to use, but I expect that one exists)
  • Have you tried other ways to visualize its output in your linux VM? If freenect-glview doesn't work, does it provide any error messages that you could google?
  • Can you use other USB cameras within your virtual machine?
  • What about alternatives to VirtualBox?
  • You mention Lion - does brew install libfreenect; glview work for you? (I had to do sudo glview to get rgb alongside depth)

I'm the person who suggested freenect-glview ... if you can't see images from the camera at all, I'd focus on fixing that in isolation before you try using it with the ROS drivers. I don't know what your exact problem is, but if the logfile referenced in that error message you copied over isn't informative, I'd start asking:

  • Does it work under Windows? (I use OSX/Ubuntu, so can't suggest a program to use, but I expect that one exists)
  • Have you tried other ways to visualize its output in your linux VM? If freenect-glview doesn't work, does it provide any error messages that you could google?
  • Can you use other USB cameras within your virtual machine?
  • What about alternatives to VirtualBox?
  • You mention Lion - does brew install libfreenect; glview work for you? (I had to do sudo glview to get rgb alongside depth)