I am coming from Ubuntu 18.10 where everything was working, the webcam does not seem to be detected in Juno. There is no on/off key for the webcam on the XPS as far as I know. The webcam is enabled in the BIOS and I always update to the latest versions from Dell.

Stock Camera app gives me a dark window while auto brightness in Settings, which I believe is governed by the webcam, does not seem to work.

I tried sudo modprobe -a uvcvideo to no avail.

lsblk gave me uvcvideo 0, I think it means Juno is not starting the webcam.

Thank you, I am a Linux newbie, any help is very much appreciated.

Update: when opening the Camera app, there is now the following message, while before there was just a black window.

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  • I think it's a specific problem in the camera app. I own a Dell XPS 9360 and also have issues with the camera app in Juno. I installed the gnome app sudo apt-get install cheese as an alternative.
    – dietervdf
    Oct 27, 2018 at 19:37
  • Does Skype works by any chance?
    – Travis
    Oct 30, 2018 at 11:21
  • Post there please: github.com/elementary/camera/issues/87 We need more people registering the issue to gain traction! Same issue on an Dell Inspiron 7559. Thanks!
    – Reed Love
    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:31
  • i have the same problem in hp elitebook 8560w
    – islam
    May 20, 2019 at 15:26
  • Same on Dell Latitude E7470, I didn't had the problem on Elementary OS Loki.
    – Jaime Ara
    Jun 24, 2019 at 3:36

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I have a dell e7250 and same issue with the stock camera app. Cheese worked fine. Should submit a bug to github

  • Ok, thank you for your input guys. I would gladly submit the bug, but where is the appropriate place to do so to maximise visibility on it?
    – Travis
    Oct 28, 2018 at 20:23
  • I suppose, you can start here github.com/elementary/camera
    – hezral
    Oct 30, 2018 at 3:49

Same issue on a 17" MacBookPro 6.1 - Cheese works fine as well and is the best solution around to replace camera apparently


Native Camera app on Juno go updated some time ago, now all is working as it should.

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