Getting Skype webcam working

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Thu Feb 7 15:45:29 UTC 2008

Karl Larsen wrote:
> 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 system has no /dev/video* so it appears my camera does not get 
> that far. Can you find the model of your logitek webcam?

lsusb lists it on my system at the moment as
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:08d7 Logitech, Inc

There's no model number on the device itself, just a black and silver 
ball-shaped webcam with Logitech on the top, a sliding shutter, and 
around the lens is written "RightLight Technology" and "RightSound 
Technology".  I think it's one of their older models but you can find 
them at Amazon.

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