I have an IBM ThinkPad T500 running Windows 7, and a Windows 7 VM running through VMWare Player. Nevermind the why. How do I get the integrated camera to be detected by the VM?

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    This may belong on superuser, but that place scares me, so I'm starting here. Sep 21, 2010 at 13:01
  • Did you connect the USB device to the VM via the USB menu in VMWare? Sep 21, 2010 at 13:05
  • @Nate I tried that right after I posted. It's 'almost' working now. The app sees the camera, but it's not picking up any video. Sep 21, 2010 at 13:06
  • Why does it scare you? Sep 21, 2010 at 13:56

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Integrated cameras typically show up as USB devices. VMware will allow you to connect the USB device to the virtual machine. Of course, the integrated camera driver will need to be installed to the VM guest operating system in order for this to work.


I tried all the options but failed to get it to work with my HP TrueVision Webcam. I had trouble installing its driver as it showed that "Webcam not found, please plug it in and press install again". My laptop was HP 15-d103tx with VMware 12 pro. The cam was working on Youcam and Chrome and Skype on Windows 7 64bit.

VMware would show error that "the connection for chicony hp truevision was unsuccessful"

My options:

1) get a new USB webcam and try again. or maybe try to utilise my mobile cam.

2) My BIOS won't let me Moving the device from a USB 3.0 port to a USB 2.0 port as it showed only Auto(USB 2.0 pre-boot) and Enable for USB 3.0

My solution was to use my mobile cam through Droidcam

You get a client for Windows and Ubuntu.

  • You can get a client for Windows over here
  • You can get it for ubuntu over here
  • You can install the app from here

Bonus: code for installing client for ubuntu

cd /tmp/
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
bits=`getconf LONG_BIT`
wget https://www.dev47apps.com/files/600/droidcam-${bits}bit.tar.bz2
tar xjf droidcam-${bits}bit.tar.bz2
cd droidcam-${bits}bit/
sudo ./install

Now to use your mobile cam, type droidcam in terminal and open app on mobile and type the IP and port number as shown on mobile and both laptop and mobile should be connected to same Wifi.

To test: use cheese if you don't have it already, sudo apt-get install cheese and you can see that mobile webcam is indeed working. You can also connect it though USB(adb) instead of wifi.

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