Sadly, camera are rather ubiquitous in laptops nowadays. It's almost like trying to find a camera with no flash. Even business laptops and netbooks all have cameras.
Unfortunately, it seems the hospital needs to update their archaic policy. I remember a time when no cellphones with cameras were allowed in hospitals.
Would your friend settle for a PSP Vita? It's not a laptop by any means and it cannot play PC games, but at least it can be used to play games especially if your friend is going to be in the hospital for an extended period of time. It's better than going insane from boredom.
The problem with that is you may need to ask for a custom bezel because all standard bezels will have a hole for the camera. Sure you can ask them to not even install the camera, but if the hole is still there for the camera lens people who just causally look at the laptop will automatically assume there is a camera.
I'll try to offer him a PsP vita, but I doubt it would work.
Would an Ivy bridge laptop's IGP (a intel HD4000) run Skyrim on low settings at a 720P resolution? I tried it on my desktop (i7-3770K with a HD4000 IGP), and it ran at 40-60 fps at 1440x900 on low settings, it was playable. Would a laptop CPU's hd4000 be that much weaker than my 3770K's?
I'd have to wait a bit though, since they don't seem to sell them yet.
About the PsP Vita, since there are two cameras on it, it's also forbidden. Basically, if it has a camera, a patient can't keep it with him. This is true for the psychiatry section of the hospital, perhaps the other section's rules are looser?
I sent an email to the guys at xoticpc.com, I guess they'll answer tomorrow (next business day?).
Is such a double post offending? Should I have simply edited my last post?
I bought a Hp laptop with a decent video card and took out the webcam in front of the guys at the hospital (We agreed that this was reasonable in advance). They saw me physically removing the webcam and reclipping/screwing the LCD bezel before I gave it to my brother (who's a patient there).