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I've never used or installed a webcam before, so bear with me. I plugged the camera into a USB port and nothing happened. What should happen? How do I mount the camera? It didn't come with directions, only a disc for Windows (I'm running Linux, see below).

I would like to use the Gmail video chat. Again, I have never used a Webcam before so I have no idea of where to start.

I am running:

  • Linux Mint 14 Nadia Cinnamon 64 bit
  • Logitech HD Webcam c310
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Have you tried google? What are you trying to do? Take pictures? Skype? –  terdon Jun 8 '13 at 14:50
    
Have a look what dmesg says when you plug it in –  parkydr Jun 8 '13 at 15:06
    
According: matthartley.com/logitech-hd-webcam-c310-on-linux-mint Webcam in your case has to work. Run lsusb (as root) and provide output... –  september Jun 8 '13 at 16:18
    
If your camera was recognized properly, you should see a new device: /dev/video0 or videoN. But that still doesn't guarantee it will work with cheese, etc. –  jpaugh Jun 8 '13 at 18:22

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It is very likely your camera actually works out of the box. Install a program that uses it such as skype or cheese.

  1. See if the camera works

    sudo apt-get install cheese
    cheese
    

    If everything is OK, that should show you a live feed from the camera.

  2. Install video4linux control panel to be able to tweak the settings

    sudo apt-get install v4l2ucp 
    v4l2ucp
    

Seriously though, you could have found this by clicking on the first google search result for "linux mint logitech cam". In the future, please try looking around by yourself a bit before posting here.

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For me installing v4l2ucp helped. –  Michal Przybylowicz Sep 12 at 9:27

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