integrated webcam crashing installer

Asked by Dan Amato on 2012-09-28

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Dell XPS M2010 laptop from a live USB. The installation proceeds smoothly until the point of setting up (what I assume is) the user account picture. Right after I enter the account information and password, I see a page of the wizard that offers to take a picture and has a small window which I assume is a preview pane from the integrated webcam. This preview image never draws - a few green lines streak through the black box, then the wizard closes out. The page is up for less than a second. No errors are displayed.

I have found no way to disable the webcam in the BIOS. I tried opening a terminal and issuing the command

sudo modprobe -r uvcvideo

before running the installer, but the issue persists. Can anyone help me disable the webcam or make the installer ignore it long enough to actually install the OS?

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Try the boot option:


And it will not load in the installer.

Dan Amato (starwolf256) said : #2

I added that to the boot options in the main menu of the USB launcher, but the issue persists. Does the installer create any log files I could check?

Sasa Paporovic (melchiaros) said : #3

For a quick workarroound you can try:

or better (newer):

which has the installation system in it with the latest bugfixes. The integration of some of them in 12.04 is planned for January of the next year, which is a long time.

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