Sorry, for the delay...had to go fishing, had to help neighbor train dogs for field test...etc...
I probably should not have posted. I have a hand mic and a new (first time used) usb webcam.
a--skype plays video, but uses old hand mic not the usb webcam mic.
b--vlc refuses as stated if I click desktop icon, from terminal vlc plays video and complains of a alsa upgrade.
@joany: I have not tried vlc and webcam before. Sorry, I meant "vlc always just plays whatever I throw at it". btw-another mislead I am running a 32bit kernel on an amd64 chip.
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Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6362 Alcor Micro Corp. Flash Card Reader/Writer
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:0804 Logitech, Inc. Webcam C250
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
@stevo: wxcam grabs the video but no audio.