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Setting up webcams & audio. Mint Laptop

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:13 am
by JLC17
So how can I get Mint to ignore my laptops inbuilt camera (because I use it lid closed 99% of the time) and instead set my USB webcam as default.

Have downloaded Cheese which tells me my USB Webcam is working perfectly. Right up until I want to use FB messenger in Chrome and discover Chrome only wants to use the inbuilt one.

Re: Setting up webcams & audio. Mint Laptop

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:07 pm
by MrEen
Hi JLC17,

Is the audio or video or both that you're having trouble with in FB Messenger?

If it's just audio, the issue is most likely the default input is wrong which can be checked with this command:

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pacmd list-sources
The asterisk you'll see next to one of the index numbers is the current default. You can copy the name between the <> brackets then run this to change the default:

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pacmd set-default-source PASTE-HERE-WHAT-YOU-COPIED

Re: Setting up webcams & audio. Mint Laptop

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:39 am
by JLC17
Thanks for that. It was video.

I found a couple of websites that allow FF to select camera. So will experiment with that.

Also I was able to install guvcview, which seems to allow some sort of config.

Re: Setting up webcams & audio. Mint Laptop

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:09 pm
by MrEen
Very good.

You might also have an option in your BIOS to disable the built-in webcam.