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Can't find my Webcam software!

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    Can't find my Webcam software!

    Hi. I'm new and I'm desperate.
    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 and I've shot videos before but I can't remember how I did it. Now I can't find the darn Webcam driver!!! But I can use Skype with video. Doesn't this mean the my webcam is just fine? Despite it working fine, when I'm on my desktop and I try to activate the Webcam Control Center it tells me that I don't have a driver installed. I'm totally confused! BTW I have 32 bit Vista.

    TIA. I hope this isn't one of those dopey posts...

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    Lets start with drivers
    Go to search
    type
    device manager
    In the device manager, first look for any yellow warning markers and then make sure the webcam driver is up to date.
    Device Manager - Install Driver

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    Lets start with drivers
    Go to search
    type
    device manager
    In the device manager, first look for any yellow warning markers and then make sure the webcam driver is up to date.
    Device Manager - Install Driver
    Thanks so much. I did what you said and lo and behold - the driver is installed and working properly (just as I suspected).

    So, how do I activate it? I can't do it from the Webcam Control Center on the desktop.

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    I got your rep and nice message. TY

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    Oh gosh, Richard. The webcam works just fine when I'm in Skype. But I can't get it to just shoot a video of me. When I click on Webcam Console on my desktop (that big toolbar at the top of the screen) it just tells me that my webcam driver is not installed.
    GRRRRRRRR!

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    I would think that you need software for that.
    Check your manual.
    I will try to find it online. Will report back if I do.

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    Wait! I just found something weird!
    I found "Webcam Central" on my desktop and that works!!!!!!!
    I also have "webcam console" on my desktop and that doesn't work!!
    Vista is so screwed up!
    Anyway, I can use the Webcam Central to record video. Go figure.
    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Can't find my Webcam software!

    While you were doing that, I was in Google. Seems to be a common problem with the webcam, but so far no answers.

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