Webcam, where is it??

Asked by James Wilson on 2009-03-10

I used to use my webcam to take pictures of either myself or the environment in which I was in, when I had Windows XP installed.

Since installing Ubuntu, I can't find an actual place to see that I have a webcam on my computer. My computer is a HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop, and the webcam is built in. I know it works, because I by chance stumbled on it in Ekiga, but I can't access it as a stand-alone item.

Is there a program I can download to arrange for a desktop shortcut item? Or are the settings there already, and I don't know where? I know nothing of Ubuntu, except that it is an excellent user system, as long as I can iron out these little hiccups.

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Best nhasian (nhasian) said : #1

its quick and its fun:

sudo apt-get install cheese

cheese is a neat program you can use for your webcam. also you can use skype if you want to do video conferencing.

to make shortcuts, just use the middle mouse button to drag the item to the desktop. if you dont have a middle mouse button you can use both left and right mouse buttons together instead.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaatttteeee. Thanks for that. Now I can take all those ridiculous pictures of myself when I get really bored. . . Oh, and of course some important scenario pictures for work.

shotkalla (roneyweaver) said : #3

I CANNOT INSTALL MY SABRENT -WCCK WEBCAM ON UBUNTU 9.04. I HAVE TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING.WHEN I TRY TO INSTALL IT SAYS "IS NOT A ZIP FILE OR A PLAIN EXECUTABLE OR NO DIRECTORY FOUND"I NEW TO UBUNTU AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT NONE OF THAT MEANS.PLEASE HELP!!!