Getting Skype webcam working

Aart Koelewijn aart at
Thu Feb 7 14:50:19 UTC 2008

On Thu, 07 Feb 2008 09:15:31 -0500, Bart Silverstrim wrote:

> Colin Brace wrote:
>> Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
>> again. What is the output?
>> If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
>> webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.
> My webcam (also a Logitech) creates a device at /dev/video0 when it's
> plugged in, but the default permissions only allow Root to access it.  I
> usually just quickly run sudo chmod 777 /dev/video0 so my normal user
> login can get to it, otherwise I have to sudo <application> to have
> video open properly.

My webcam, a Logitech QuickCam EC (according to Skype) just worked in 
Skype after I plugged it in. Skype is also


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