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Camera won't work

I have installed all programs off the disk but when i try to invite someone to view my camera, it is just black......please help

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You have to install either Skype or a messenger program in order to communicate with family and friends. Then you have to setup the Audio & Video. This info should help.

Normal 0 Web Camera’s have to be setup on the program they are to be used with. Just installing the camera on your computer does not set it up to broadcast on messengers or Skype.
Each program has Options that have to be setup in order for the Audio and Video to function properly.
A. Skype Setup:
After downloading and installing Skype set it up as follows:

  1. Go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  2. Then click on the Video Settings.
  3. The camera if installed properly will come up and show a picture.
  4. Then on the bottom of the page click on Save.
The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now see and talk to you.
B. Yahoo Setup:
After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger set it up as follows:
  1. Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
  2. Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
  3. Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  4. Next go to the Test Audio section and (in blue writing) click on “Open the call setup assistant” and follow the instructions on the left window.
When done both the Audio and Video will function properly so you can chat and see family or friends you are connected to.
Hope this helps. Bud


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When i invite someone to view my cam,they only see black no pictures,but it works on videocalling


The video software is streamlined, The webcam set-up still has to be made manually
Plug in your webcam and visit this site - Hit 'Allow' in the top window and check your cam in the left hand panel.
Do not proceed if the camera fails to work here, but concentrate on your webcam software / drivers

http://www.testmycam.com/

Having proved your cam is working ,you can configure it to Yahoo Messenger 10.

COMPATIBILITY WITH YAHOO MESSENGER

You MUST use Internet Explorer to visit this page, with your webcam plugged in, to check compatibility and automatically download the latest webcam control. Make sure your webcam broadcasts on this page before moving on

http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/messenger/messenger10/webcam/mstacamtest.html

CONFIGURE SOFTWARE
Its good practice to disconnect and re-connect your webcam before you start - if you have been using it elsewhere the Yahoo software may have difficulty in locating it. Mine, I just unplug it from the USB and plug it back in, if yours is integral with the computer you will have to re-start the computer, use a keyboard shortcut or disable / enable the webcam from the Device Manager.
Of all the chat programs, Yahoo is the most painful software to set up but if you follow these instructions you should be ok.

INTERNET CONNECTION
Webcam connected
Open messenger - on top toolbar. Left click ( > ) Messenger > Preferences > Connection - Select 'no proxies' or 'connect direct to the internet' depending on the version of messenger you have
make sure your internet connection and country are correct in the lower two boxes > Apply > OK

TESTING
> Messenger > My webcam - the warning panel will launch, click 'OK' and your webcam will start. You should be rewarded at this stage with your happy smiling face.

SET WEBCAM DEFAULT
With webcam still running > Messenger > Preferences > Webcam Broadcast > Camera Source - set your webcam as default using dropbox. > Camera Settings - adjust settings to suit. > Apply > OK
Take a note of any additional software, if you have multiple choice for Camera Source, you may wish to uninstall any redundant webcam software later to prevent conflicts

AUDIO
Open Video and Voice - run through your default equipment and make a test call - click OK

PERMISSION OPTIONS
> Messenger > Preferences > Webcam - make your default equipment selections and who you will allow to view you > Apply > OK

IN USE
When you are both on line and wish to show your webcam > Actions > 'Invite to view my webcam'.
Messenger 10:- > Actions > More Actions > invite to view my webcam. This will launch an invitation on your contacts screen

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first you have to be sure that the driver for it is installed and working ..and to do that its better to try the camera on a instant messaging program like msn or yahoo messenger ...just open the program and try to sent someone an invitation to view your webcam ...or make a video call...If the camera is ok and shows images it means the driver is ok...and you have no image on the AMcap ..(from the all programs ) cause the preview is not on ...look for the preview on the options on the image window..
Another way to see if the camera is on and working just ..go to my computer folder and try to open the camera from there ..near the drives...if it works it means the same like the other ..
If it doesn't work and is same black here ...right click on my computer ...choose properties than hardware ..and device manager ...Here look for the camera in the list and if it is not present click right on the computer and choose scan for hardware changes...This should make it visible even if it is in yellow ...which means the driver is missing ...and in this case you need to reinstall the driver for it ..and you will find teh driver Here
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please let me know the model to locate the driver ..also I need to know the operation system ...
if your camera came with a installation cd and you still have it ..just install the driver ..but be sure you ar e using the right operation system ...most elder ones came with a driver for XP..and if you are using vista or & now ...you will need another driver ..
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This is a problem with your messenger software which you are using to do a video chat.
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This will fix the issue.Let me know the result.

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What it sounds like is that you have not set up the Video option in your Messenger or Skype program. If this hasn't been done, it will not broadcast your image . It would help if I knew what Messenger you using. This way I can send you directions to setup the camera so it will broadcast. Personally, I'd use Skype and its free to use unless you make phone calls on the computer.
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