I have an integrated webcam in my laptop. I know that it works and that ubuntu recognized it because at installation it asked if I wanted a photo taken for some kind of image associated with my account. When I look in system settings, I do not see any webcam in the hardware section. I would like to disable the webcam like you can do in Windows, but as I can't find it in my hardware section, how can I disable it? I cannot even unplug it as it is integrated into the monitor. Am I looking in the wrong place?? I am using 12.04
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Find the vendor and device id for the webcam with
Do a "grep" on the vendor id and product id:
to disable. You can check the camera and it will be disabled.
This is not permanent yet. A reboot will set it back to what is was before. To make it permanent:
Cameras are controlled by the
You can disable the camera until reboot by opening a terminal and typing
If you got the error message:
To enable your webcam again, type
If you want the camera to be disabled when you reboot, then press
You will be asked for your password. After giving it, a text file should open. Paste at the end of the text file on a new line:
Then save the file and exit. Next time you start Ubuntu, the webcam should be disabled.
How about just taping it with some black colored tape? Take some black tape and put it on the webcam. Webcam disabled successfully! Unlike the answers above, this method works against malware attacks that try to enable your webcam as well!