Web Cam not working

Asked by Alan Jordan on 2011-12-23

I am running Ubuntu 11.10 on a PC Specialist Optimus II Laptop fitted with a CLEVO CO. W150HNM/W170HN Motherboard, with an Intel Core i7-2720QM Processor and 8GB of RAM.

Unfortunately Linux does not recognise the PCs built in Webcam. I first realised that this was not working when I installed Skpe, which reports 'no Webcam found'.

I have since tried installing 'Cheese', but cannot get this to run at all, I assume because there is no Webcam for it to use.

Is there anything I can do to get my Webcam to work?

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Can you give the output of:

lsusb; lsb_release -a

Thanks

Alan Jordan (adjordan) said : #2

Output from Command as requested.

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c018 Logitech, Inc. Optical Wheel Mouse
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.10
Release: 11.10
Codename: oneiric

I have also run Cheese from a Terminal and found the following:-

alan@Laptop:~$ cheese
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0".

(cheese:10397): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined

At present my NVIDIA GT 450M is not recognised by Linux, despite having tried both the NVIDIA accelerated graphics drivers, the current version (recommended), and the post-release updates version. I assume that this might explain the Cheese problem?

the webcam is entirely separate issue. did you have the device attached when you ran the command?

Alan Jordan (adjordan) said : #4

The Webcam is built into the lid of my Laptop, so the answer is yes!

Alan Jordan (adjordan) said : #5

Display problem means I will be buying another Laptop