could not install web cam on hardy heron machine

Asked by robert.a

I bought a webcam for my grandaughter.(microsoft vx-3000).I recently upgraded her desktop to hardy heron.Though i followed their instructions I could not install the software.I have returned the product.Are some cams not compatible with linux?I tried setup exe--and autoruns butnothing happened.I'd appreciate any help.

Question information

English Edit question
Ubuntu Edit question
No assignee Edit question
Last query:
Last reply:
Revision history for this message
kenden (kenden) said :


Not every hardware vendor makes drivers for linux or gives the specification, so it is possible that this webcam simply was not compatible.
Check the following page for info about webcams in Ubuntu:

See the link at the end of the page:

Note that the Free Software Foundation recommends several webcams that work without proprietary firmware:

Hope this helps you shop for a webcam!

Revision history for this message
Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

Hi, apparently that camera uses the same driver mine does (gspca). (on my desktop)

Step 1: go to Synaptic Package Manager under system-administration.

Step 2: find "gspca" package and mark for installation

Step 3: Click the checkmark at the top that says "apply" or something and it will install the gspca driver

Step 4: Go to add/remove programs and get "cheese" and try it out,


Can you help with this problem?

Provide an answer of your own, or ask robert.a for more information if necessary.

To post a message you must log in.