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May 23rd, 2008, 01:02 PM
How do you install a web camera in Ubuntu it is a USB

May 23rd, 2008, 01:35 PM
Just plug it in and fire up something like camstream. If you do not have it, then just sudp apt-get install camstream. After it is installed, run camstream in the terminal and you should see yourself on the monitor if your camera is compatible.


May 23rd, 2008, 02:01 PM
Hi been to add and remove then typed in sudp apt but it came up with a blank screen

May 23rd, 2008, 02:04 PM

look at this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=803140

and this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam


Mr. Svinlesha
May 23rd, 2008, 02:11 PM
First, a warning: I've not tried to install a webcamera myself, but I've read some threads about doing so, it's usually a very complicated process. For various reasons, ubuntu can't run webcams to well.

Having said that, I think what Cool penguin meant was to type in a terminal command. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal, and then copy and paste the following command at the prompt:
sudo apt-get install camstream

Note there was also a typo in Cool Penguin's instructions: he meant "sudo", not "sudp".

Good luck.

May 23rd, 2008, 02:31 PM
Go to ,

System>Admin>Synaptic Package Manager

It will ask for your password.

Click on any package then type cheese

Mark it for install.

PLug in you webcam then ina termainl System>Access>Terminal type


You should see your camera listed if it's been recognised.

Fire up cheese or instant messenging package like amsn or kopete

Mine worked out the box with kopete.