Owning a slightly dated rig actually has one great benefit — the software for it is mature enough that not too much hacking or hair-tearing is needed. This is exactly the case for my two-year-old HP Pavilion DV2000t laptop. When staring installing Debian on it, I found the hardware is well supported.
Here is how to compile drivers for the webcam of this laptop.
DOWNLOAD THE LATEST SOURCE
Get the source from LinuxTV
MAKE AND INSTALL
Make sure build-essential is installed. Then just extract the file and make, make install.
Check to see if there is a usb video device
sudo lsusb -v
And use Cheese or any other video capable programs to use it.
Its website says “Linux 2.6.26 and newer includes the Linux UVC driver natively. You will not need to download the driver sources manually unless you want to test a newer version or help with development”, and machiner confirms “linux-uvc, sure enough, completely unnecessary now. You shouldn’t have to do anything to get your web cam working other than installing a program so you can see it”.
So it is even easier to enable the webcam under Linux .