Things To Fix After Each Kernel Update

Every now and then, your running Linux distro will receive a kernel update. It’s a normal part of running a Linux distro, or any OS for that matter. Mac OS and Windows perform updates as well. Unfortunately in Linux, there are certain things that break after each kernel update. It’s annoying as all get out, but its a small price to pay for running a secure desktop.┬áIn this article, I will list 3 things that need fixing, and their solutions, after each kernel update.

Fix Virtualbox

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Fix Alsa

sudo apt-get install module-assistant
sudo m-a update
sudo m-a prepare
sudo m-a a-i alsa

Fix Webcam

sudo rmmod uvcvideo
sudo modprobe uvcvideo

I rather not to do this after each upgrade, but it’s a fact of life in the Linux world. It’s a good thing, it doesn’t happen very often. Perhaps, in the future, when Linux becomes perfect, or near perfect, this unnecessary exercise can all be avoided all together.

Fix Webcam After Kernel Update

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS updated its kernel to version 2.6.32-39 just today. The new kernel is automatically loaded after a reboot of the operating system. One of the things I usually check if there’s a new kernel, is to make sure all the peripherals are still working, especially the ever so touchy webcam.

One quick way of checking to make sure it’s working is to use a program called Cheese. It’s not loaded by default, but you can easily install it using: apt-get install cheese. Sure enough, the webcam wasn’t recognize by the system.

Issuing a couple of commands below fixed my problem. I didn’t have to reboot the system. It just worked after running a couple of commands from the Terminal. Here they are:

sudo rmmod uvcvideo
sudo modprobe uvcvideo

The two commands removes and adds the uvcvideo module to the new kernel. Rmmod removes the module, while modprobe adds. Simple enough. No reboot needed.

Linux Webcam Using Flash

I searched high and low for a solution to a problem with my webcam in Linux. I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Flash 10. Many programs like Yahoo and use Adobe Flash to capture a webcam. My webcam works just fine with other apps like Cheese and Ekiga, but not with Flash programs. I tried the Flashcam fix, but something is not quite right. There seems to be no fix at the moment based on what I read on the Ubuntu forums. This is an issue with Adobe Flash in Linux. Hopefully, it will get fixed soon, like the next release! Has anyone got theirs to work? Any tip is appreciated.


Have you ever wondered how others have added special effects to their webcams? Special effects like distorted faces, fire, mosaic and colors. Other effects include wearing hats, costumes and glasses. Changing hairstyles or add facial hair is also possible. If you are looking for a software program that adds a variety of these effects I’ve mentioned above, then take a look at WebcamMax.

What is WebcamMax? WebcamMax is a software program that runs on Windows 2000, XP or Windows Vista. The program allows you to use thousands of special effects on your existing webcam. WebcamMax works with many popular chat programs such as MSN, Yahoo Messenger, CamFrog, ICQ, Aim, Skype, Paltalk, ANYwebcam, Stickam and many others. The software also acts as a recorder for capturing videos that you can later share with friends in YouTube or on your blog.

In addition, WebcamMax allows you to share your computer screen with family or friends. You can also share any photo or a movie clip. Another excellent feature of WebcamMax is the ability to broadcast or display two sources at the same time. This feature is called Picture in Picture or PinP. Select any two sources whether a picture, a movie clip, screen, a webcam, and even a camcorder with a DV output attached to your computer.

List of Effects

  • Transform – distorting mirror, fire, mosaic, line, color, snow, water.
  • Mask – glasses, hats, hair, famous people.
  • Background – change your background to any place you like.
  • Frame – add a frame to your screen to make it cooler.
  • Emotion – use smileys you like to express your feeling better.
  • Text – type what you want to say on the video box directly.
  • Customize existing effects – tweak color, position, size and speed.
  • Create your own effects – just follow the guide. it’s easy and fun.
  • Online effects – download other effects via online.

Record Videos

  • Save recorded videos in AVI or ASF formats.
  • Take snapshots of your webcam, your screen or movie playing.
  • Save pictures in JPG, BMP, GIF or PNG format.

Use the Virtual Webcam

  • Play a movie for your friends.
  • Trick your friends with a fake video.
  • Play photo slides.
  • Fast switch between virtual webcam and your actual webcam.

Activate Picture in Picture – PinP

  • Broadcast different sources at the same time
  • Select from many sources – webcam, picture, screen or other sources
  • Customize your PinP sources – change position and size

Enable Doodling

  • Create drawings or edit existing ones
  • Use a pencil, eraser or a color bucket
  • Save your work for later use


You can download the program from WebcamMax’s website. The software is free to use for trial period of 30 days. Buying a license will remove the watermark and the 30 day time limitation. It also offers free future updates. License cost vary. You can select 6 months for $19.95, 1 year for $29.95, 2 years at $39.95 or a lifetime (enjoy forever) license for $49.95.

Live Streaming

In addition, WebcamMax also works with live streaming. I’ve tested it at My setup uses a Canon ZR-950 camcorder connected via Firewire to my Lenovo S10 laptop. With the WebcamMax software, I can switch sources selecting either my Canon camcorder, the laptop’s built-in webcam, a video or a movie clip, a photo and even my laptop’s screen. Sharing any of two sources I’ve mentioned is possible using the Picture in Picture (PinP) feature.

So, give WebcamMax a try. Download the trial version or visit their website at