I have a 2006 13 inch macbook that I put Ubuntu on after buying a new hard drive. Everything is working great, however, I can't seem to get the webcam to work. I was pretty sure I'm missing a driver for it, but when I looked into it, it looked like the driver was already there. Maybe the file got corrupted or something? Any suggestions?

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Apple iSight webcams require special firmware. Install the isight-firmware-tools package, and follow it's instructions.

There's some more documentation on that here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleiSight


Try installing cheese from the Software Center and seeing if that works. If it doesn't work, your problem could be driver related. If it does work then you'll know that your next troubleshooting step will be with the configuration of whatever software you're trying to use. Flash is known to be problematic when it comes to webcams, for instance (in my experience at least).

See also: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam/Troubleshooting

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