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Along with the rest of the world, I joined google plus right after invitations became available last night. I was able to use my webcam for their hangouts, now I cannot. When I checked lshw I can't find the webcam on the slot it was in last night.

Relevant system info: OS: ubuntu 10.04 System model: Dell Inspiron 1525 lshw snippets:

       *-generic:2 UNCLAIMED
            description: System peripheral
            product: xD-Picture Card Controller
            vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
            physical id: 9.3
            bus info: pci@0000:02:09.3
            version: 12
            width: 32 bits
            clock: 33MHz
            capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
            configuration: latency=64
            resources: memory:fe3ff600-fe3ff6ff
       *-generic:3 UNCLAIMED
            product: Illegal Vendor ID
            vendor: Illegal Vendor ID
            physical id: 9.4
            bus info: pci@0000:02:09.4
            version: ff
            width: 32 bits
            clock: 66MHz
            capabilities: bus_master vga_palette cap_list
            configuration: latency=255 maxlatency=255 mingnt=255
            resources: memory:fe3ff700-fe3ff7ff
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If it is the inbuilt webcam, unscrew the protective frame of the LCD screen (covered by plastic round bumps. Once it's off check for a beige-white connector near the webcam. If it looks like it's kinda out, push it back in again gently with a screw driver.

This affects my dell 1545 also :)

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Thanks I'll try it but I doubt that's it since the laptop was stationary between the time I used it and they time I noticed the issue. – Yitzchak Jul 8 '11 at 1:30
I know but it was the same with me also. Try using the cheese webcam progam to test if the webcam works locally. suuo apt-get install cheese – Conor Rynne Jul 8 '11 at 14:19
Got it. Apparently you have to reinstall the plugin twice instead of once. – Yitzchak Jul 10 '11 at 13:59

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