Well, this one was easy. The method described here worked for me. Sony VAIO has Ricoh R5U870 Webcam buid into it, which I got to know from here. Simply install the following two files from here and install them in the following order: ricoh-webcam-r5u870-firmware_0.11.4-0arakhne1_i386.deb ricoh-webcam-r5u870_0.11.4-0arakhne1_i386.deb Note: I am still trying to figure out how to