I have looked all over Ask Ubuntu and can't find any way to install the driver easily. I will be fine by doing it through terminal if that is how to do it.
The driver for this webcam is already included, and it should work out of the box. You can check if it does with
The kernel module for this webcam is called
Testing if it works
If the webcam does work in Cheese but not in Skype, that's because this webcam can only output JPEG compressed frames which Skype cannot handle. To fix this, the proposed solution of the other answers is already almost correct.
Start Skype from a Terminal window by running:
or if you're on a 64bit system (if output of
In Ubuntu 11.10 the path changed, so for 32bit use
and for 64bit use
In Ubuntu 12.04 the path for 64bit changed again, so use
For 32bit see above.
Making it permanent
If this works, you can change the Menu entry similar to how @demua suggests doing:
The workaround for Skype also works for other legacy applications and other webcams that only support unusual formats. Tested with:
First trz to edit in the launcher the command and put
worked for me
If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity or other desktop environment, Menu Editor is not available. To edit launcher in Unity you need to edit Skype.desktop
So start terminal and type:
Now edit in line 4, replace;
Your webcam should work out of the box in 11.10. What are the outputs of these commands?
Make sure video for linux is installed
Skype may not detect the camera however. To solve that issue, force skype to load the v4l library like so:
It seems there are issues getting that particular webcam to work correctly on Ubuntu, after a fair bit of looking around I found this info on Ubuntu Forums that may solve your problem - good luck.