UPDATE (30/04/08): This web camera is now supported natively in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), and above, which makes these instructions moot.
I have an Acer Aspire 9300 ( 9303WSMi ) and I’ve finally managed to get the webcam working under Ubuntu with one caveat. The webcam in my Acer is also a USB2.0 WebCam. To confirm that you have the same webcam as I do type
and look for one of the following
ID 5986:0100 ID 5986:0102 ID 5986:0200
Currently this webcam is supported by the Linux UVC driver however, and here is the caveat, it only supports V4L2 interface and most software which supports webcams only support V4L interface. Those which do support V4L2 don’t seem to support MJPEG decoding which is required by this webcam.
To test if the webcam is working. Open a Terminal and type in the following …
sudo apt-get install build-essential libsdl1.2-dev libpt-plugins-v4l2 subversion svn checkout svn://svn.berlios.de/linux-uvc/linux-uvc/trunk cd trunk make sudo modprobe -r uvcvideo sudo make install sudo modprobe uvcvideo cd .. wget http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca50x/Investigation/uvc/luvcview-20070512.tar.gz tar -zxvf luvcview-20070512.tar.gz cd luvcview-20070512/ make ./luvcview
All things going to plan the green light on the webcam will come on and a small window should open with a live preview.