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I've got Ubuntu 12.04 running on my lenovo X230. I can't get the integrated webcam working with Google Talk plugin or with Cheese.

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What is the output of the following command: lsmod | grep uvcvideo? –  Salem Nov 4 '12 at 22:46
    
I get a blank return in terminal when I run that command –  Sean Nov 4 '12 at 22:51

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It seems your system is not loading the driver responsible to communicate with the webcam. Try executing this in one terminal

sudo modprobe uvcvideo

This should provide no output. If you get any error post it in the comments. Then try to use the webcam (with Cheese, by example).

If this solves your problem, you should add uvcvideo to /etc/modules file, to force the system to load it at boot time. The content of that file at the end should be

# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
#
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.

loop
lp
rtc

uvcvideo
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It seems this post solves the problem. Lenovo doesn't allow the 3x3 wifi antenna with a camera. I chose the former but it was nowhere obvious while ordering that this would not allow for a camera. –  Sean Nov 4 '12 at 23:07
  1. Install tool v4l2ucp (sudo apt-get install v4l2ucp)
  2. Reset all values under it (brightness, Contrast, Saturation etc.) which are set to max by default.

Enjoy.

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