How do I get the built in webcam on an HP dv9207 to be recognized?

Asked by Paul Hartzman on 2008-08-23

I have Ubuntu 8.04 running on an HP dv9207us laptop. I did this installation through Windows Vista. I have everything working except the built in webcam. Ubuntu does not recognize the camera is there. I have not been able to find any information on how to get this camera to work. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. I am not a Linux expert, but I am not afraid to jump in and try different things.

Thank you,

Paul Hartzman

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Best Andrew (and471) said : #1

There exists a program called EasyCam that will (if your webcam is supported) find & install the driver for your webcam.

Right, here is howto install easycam

1) Add the EasyCam Repository to download Easycam from

In the terminal (Accessories > Terminal), run the command:

sudo su

(enter your password when asked). Then:

echo deb hardy main >> /etc/apt/sources.list

And Then

echo deb-src hardy main >> /etc/apt/sources.list

2) Installing EasyCam

First reload the package list by running the command (in the same terminal):

apt-get update

Then install EasyCam by running:

apt-get install easycam2-gtk

(Answer yes if it gives you any questions)

3) Running Easycam

When the installation has finished, close that Terminal window, and go to Accessories > EasyCam

Done! Click 'Next' in EasyCam and you are good to go

Paul Hartzman (phartzman) said : #2

Thank you so much. Your instructions solved my problem. Once I did the EasyCam installation, I was able to check it out using Skype. I was ecstatic when I saw the camera come on and an image appeared. Thank you for giving me such a fast response.

Paul hartzman


I tried the way shown above, but while installing easycam2-gtk, i am getting following msg:

geeta@geeta-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install easycam2-gtk
sudo: /var/run/sudo owned by uid 1000, should be uid 0
[sudo] password for geeta:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  easycam2-gtk: Depends: python2.4-glade2 but it is not installable
                Depends: python2.4-gtk2 but it is not installable
                Depends: easycam2-core but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

and when i tried to install python2.4-glade2 and other 2, it says:
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package python2.4-glade2 has no installation candidate............

I tried cheese too, there it doesn't start my webcam (Its built-in webcam(in laptop): Hewlett-Packard Wireless (Bluetooth + WLAN) Interface [Integrated Module])
Please help, how can i use my web cam here? :(