[ubuntu-uk] Laptop webcam for Jaunty

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sat May 23 14:01:51 BST 2009

Simon Wears wrote:
> I got myself a Logitech Quickcam S7500, works great for me straight out the
> box. Clips onto my flat screen monitor, same with laptop. Can be a bit
> tricky getting it to work with aMSN, but *apparently* works great with
> Skype. Haven't tried it myself, as I don't use Skype.

It does work ok with skype - in Ubuntu 8.04 at least.

I helped a friend buy one the other day. Skype video is out of the box
skype>Skype Options>video devices>test (works)

Audio in was not set by default to the webcam microphone, so
Skype Options> Audio devices>(audio in)>(usb device)
and the in situ microphone then immediately worked.

A tale of two shops:
Incidentally, my friend was a long time supporter of John Lewis (in
Reading) and had gone there at first to buy one, the same model. When
discussing it with the computer department assistant, he was clear
that not only did the box only state it worked with Windows and MAC,
not mentioning Ubuntu Linux, but that he was quite sure that it would
*not* work with Ubuntu linux.

My friend challenged this, because there was no mention of it not
working, just no mention of it. However, the assistant was adamant
that a return was not acceptable unless with a surcharge because he
was *saying* it would not work.

My friend would have previously expected to buy it on the
understanding that if it did not work, then they would accept a
(carefully repacked) item and refunded.

The tone of the conversation from the assistant was imperious and
somewhat offensive. My friend asked to talk to the manager, however
the manager was not coming out of the office. (My own guess is that he
was trying to get his own computer working properly(!))

I went with my friend to Argos where they had the same model in stock,
and also had an enlightened policy of returns if in saleable
condition. Anyway, It worked brilliantly so Argos got the dosh and my
friend got a lovely Skype webcam.

And John Lewis lost a couple of long term customers.

>  A list of supported webcams is here though:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsMultimediaWebCameras
> 2009/5/22 Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk>
>> Dave,
>> Dave Morley wrote:
>> > On Thu, 2009-05-21 at 16:02 +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
>> >> Can anyone recommend/suggest a webcam that can be clipped to the top of
>> >> my laptop that will work out of the box on Jaunty? I'd want to use it
>> >> with Skype.
>> >
>> > Go to Asda and buy there cheap tat one.  It's not the greatest in the
>> > world but it works fine for skype :)  Anything else might be pushing it.
>> Thanks for the pointer. I'd never think to go to ASDA for an item like
>> this! I'll give it a try.
>> Regards,
>> Tony.
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