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i use windows 7 ultimate on my dell laptop. the problem is that my inbuilt webcam is not recognised an a hardware .same applies to my external webcam. i can only use it in yahoo messenger or skype. this is unacceptable
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  1. Did you install the drivers for the camera ?? Without the proper drivers how is the system supposed to know what type of camera is installed in order to run it properly ! While windows has come along way in being able to plug and play devices it still needs to have the proper drivers available to install -- so if you do not have the drivers go to DELL's website and try to find the proper ones for your version of windows (32 bit or 64 bit) and download and install them.
  2. JDFan said:
    Did you install the drivers for the camera ?? Without the proper drivers how is the system supposed to know what type of camera is installed in order to run it properly ! While windows has come along way in being able to plug and play devices it still needs to have the proper drivers available to install -- so if you do not have the drivers go to DELL's website and try to find the proper ones for your version of windows (32 bit or 64 bit) and download and install them.

    hi,
    i tried this before thru the device manager and im told driver installed . its a 32 bit version im using
  3. You can use it in Skype, but you say it's not recognized. In what situations does it NOT work, then?
  4. kajabla said:
    You can use it in Skype, but you say it's not recognized. In what situations does it NOT work, then?

    if i go to my computer, i can see my hard drives, all 4 of them. if i plug in an usb drive, i can see it in my computer. but any external webcam is not listed in my computer. my previous laptops using windows vista and xp wud have recognised the webcam . i can use the webcam to take photos if i like---without logging on the internet--hence yahoo messenger.skype
    this is my first experience of using windows 7. is it not supposed to recognise webcams as hardware?
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    chinadave said:
    hi,
    i tried this before thru the device manager and im told driver installed . its a 32 bit version im using


    I agree that I would install the specific driver for the camera, rather than relying on the Win 7 generic driver. See if it will do a driver update to the latest Dell driver after you download and unpack it.
  6. RealBeast said:
    I agree that I would install the specific driver for the camera, rather than relying on the Win 7 generic driver. See if it will do a driver update to the latest Dell driver after you download and unpack it.

    ok advice noted. Question: how can i get the drivers for both my external and internal webcams. i think i cant find cd for external webcam again. answer wud be appreciated. thanks
  7. If it is a known brand (Logitech for example), the mnf should have drivers on their support site for download.
  8. RealBeast said:
    If it is a known brand (Logitech for example), the mnf should have drivers on their support site for download.

    dell inspiron m5110
  9. Yes, I understood your laptop is a Dell and know they have the drivers online, was referring to your external webcam. Most companies that make such things, like Creative or Logitech, have online driver support too.
  10. RealBeast said:
    Yes, I understood your laptop is a Dell and know they have the drivers online, was referring to your external webcam. Most companies that make such things, like Creative or Logitech, have online driver support too.

    AM I right in assuming that NORMALLY, windows 7 should recognise webcams as hardware device?
  11. Windows isn't very bright ...... when plugging in new hardware, the best advice is to "Just say no" when it "discovers new hardware" and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer's web site. Windows 7 is what ....2 years old ? SP1 .... 15 Moinths old ? Assuming 1st that the drivers for your device were ever included in Windows / SP1, it's pretty safe bet that the ones on the manufacturer's web site are newer. Those are the ones that should always be used.
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