I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 (running Vista), bought 3 months ago and recently tried using both a WD external HD linked through firewire and a Canon MiniDV (Mv500) using a 4 pin to 4 pin connector and neither devices were seen by the computer. The WD external HD has a USB connector which works fine but the laptop doesnt see anything when connected through firewire. When I used Windows moviemaker with the camera it doesn't find anything connected. I checked in device manager that the Firewire controller was running and it seemed fine and there were no more up to date drivers. I know there may be a problem with Vista supporting AV transfers but surely it should see the external HD.
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Firstly remove the installed camera(s) from your laptop, reboot the laptop once, it should show you the new hardware found, Download the software from the link below and install it and reboot the laptop , then start any application like messengers to check your camera
You can download the driver from the link below
Creative Labs Laptop Integrated Webcam
This is a Dell problem. THEY KNOW ABOUT IT AND WILL DO NOTHING. It is only when it runs Vista. It doen't happen with XP. So the spokesperson told me. This happened to me about 3 months ago. I ended up having to go back to factory settings with the brown disc that came in your box. Mine has just done it again. NOT HAPPY AT ALL. Dell spokesperson told me the executives have had meetings on this but has done nothing. Never ever buy a DELL!!!!!!
THis didn't work for me but others have tried - hit F8 when turning on. A repair page will come up. GOOD LUCK!
This is happening because the Dell webcam central is accessing the webcam at the same time as yahoo messenger. Click on start and click on Run(XP), Type MSCONFIG in start search (Vista) and you'll get the system configuration utility. Open it and go to the startup tab. Uncheck anything related to Dell webcam. Click on Apply and OK and restart the computer. If yahoo messenger shows a black screen uninstall Yahoo messenger and reinstall with the more recent version.
Hibernate issues are generally an issue with the Video driver. Try the following:
Update to the latest list of drivers from support.dell.com
see if the issue is resolved.
If not, then try editing the startup group of MSCONFIG and see if an item running at startup is causing the issue. (Start, RUN, MSCONFIG, OK to open MSCONFIG)
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If video was working fine on Vista and not working properly on XP then its a video driver issue. Try reinstalling driver, this is right one: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/downloads_splash?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~mode=popup&file=245331