USB Webcam

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Installing the Lenovo USB Webcam (type 40Y8519, Webpage at Lenovo Products)

  • under Linux required the gspca vc032x module to be built from an external developer tree,
  • under Linux 2.6.32-rc5 is working out of the box.

For quick camera testing I have found svv to be very useful.

If problems arise it is also worth having a look at the GSPCA driver maintainer's website.

Skype uses the old V4L1 interface which requires the v4l1compat library to be preloaded. The command for this would simply be:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype

instead of just


Or, on a Debian/Ubuntu 64-bit machine, Skype should be started thus:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype

You can replace the commands of your Skype menu item from 'skype' to one of the lines above.