Kind of a late response.....
I don't know why I didn't check the thread the same day!!!!
Anyway, I just downloaded and installed guvcview, and it WORKS!!!
The configurations were easy enough that I got both sound and video working with the Sony Playstation cam mentioned earlier.
With VLC, I could get the video working, but not the sound.
Super crisp video it's not, but good enough for the simple music demos I have in mind for it.
Thanks so much!!!
Oh yeah.... it may have been for the best.
The eMachines computer I had got so flaky I retired it. The one I'm on now is an HP Intel 64bit running at about 3 Ghz with 3 gigs of RAM. And at that, the CPU indicator was about maxxed out during recording video!
So it probably wouldn't have worked that well with the old computer that had less than 2/3's the RAM and 2/3's the speed.