How to Install Microsoft HD6000 Webcam on Ubuntu

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Unlike Windows, users do not need to install device drivers to make webcam devices work in Ubuntu. Ubuntu automatically detects and installs the Microsoft HD6000 webcam once it's connected to the computer. However, because some Microsoft LifeCam devices don't work out-of-the-box with Ubuntu Linux, extra steps must be taken to install additional libraries that will enable the camera to run without problem.

  • Connect the Microsoft HD6000 webcam to the PC to install the Microsoft LifeCam to Ubuntu Linux.

  • Hold down "Alt" and press "F2," then enter "sudo apt-get install libv4l-0" into the dialog box. Check "Run in Terminal." Click "Run" to install the video4linux support libraries to Ubuntu.

  • Input the following into Terminal once the installation of the libraries is complete:

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so <program name>

  • Replace "<program name>" with the desired program, then press "Enter" to begin using the HD6000 webcam. For example, to use the webcam with Skype, input "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype" into Terminal.

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