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On Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can usually just plug in the webcam and wait a few seconds for Windows to automatically install basic/generic "driver" software which allows the webcam to work. You can check if the webcam is recognised and installed by going to Control Panel/Device Manager. In the Device Manager window locate and click on "Imaging Devices" to see your webcam listed. If there's a yellow exclamation point (!) or nothing listed under Imaging Devices then the webcam is not installed. In this case unplug the webcam, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in and see what happens.
With some webcams you must install software and drivers BEFORE you plug the webcam in. In that case, unplug the webcam then install drivers from a CD included with the webcam or download the drivers from the maker's website and install them. Make sure to choose the driver version specified as compatible with your version of Windows. After installing the drivers, restart the computer and wait for it to boot up fully, then plug in the webcam and see if it works.
One last possibility is that your webcam is too old to work with newer Windows versions. For example, we have an old Kodak DVC325 webcam which worked OK in Windows 98, ME, and Windows XP with SP1 and SP2, but it does NOT work in Windows XP with SP3 or any newer Windows version. Too bad, really, because it's a darn good little webcam!
First of all install the webacm with the logic tech driver . now test yourr webcam to see that it works with all properties.
Now install the Skype software and run , now log on up and intiate your friend who wants to log on using skype.
use the CD that came with the camera to install it. It would also help make sure you're using at least XP SP2 for Windows. For some reason, when I tested the camera using XP SP1, the driver won't install successfully.
If its a dark screen what you can see then you can do one thing "on the cam window under OPTIONS check/uncheck the PREVIEW option" and check if its working. If it says "no video capture device found" then the drivers you have installed are not fully compatible with VISTA, for this you can do one thing--- 1. Remove the previously installed webcam drivers, delete the installation folder from Program Files if its still there, disconnect (unplug) the webcam, reboot the system , Scan the registry using ccleaner (freeware). 2. Install the program you use to access the web cam (eg: amcap etc). 3. Now attach the webcam (be connected to the internet), when the driver installation screen pops up click "Install automatically" it will search for the system files for the drivers or go to the windows update (this works many times) if not found.
Once done & successfully installed the webcam shall work fine now.
try when you install, to install in xp compatibility mode. check under HELP to see how you can do this.
hope this works.
ps. before you install, right click the program you are installing,under preoperties and choose compatibility with win xp; then install it.
When you don't have the drivers-cd: - Download the XP-drivers of your webcam (and unpack them if they are zipped).
Else start with these steps
1. Uninstall whatever webcam driver you have previously attempted to install. 2. From the device manager, scan for new hardware, and your webcam will be recognized and will continue to search for a driver. 3. If asked for for further search.. choose the place where it must search (cd or your downloaded driver-map) 4. Just allow the prompts to continue with the installation. 5. When the driver is successfully installed, you can test it right away.