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Vx-5000, not showing my cam

I bought a vx 5000 for xmas, I installed the software that came with it, then plugged the cam in when prompted to. The audio works fine, but it won't show my cam, and others can't see me. Then the computer tells me that the camera is being used in another application or it is not plugged in. I am soooooooooo frustrated and have downloaded all types of drivers trying to figure this out. I am using windows vista. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks,
Michelle

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  • sgtmarine247 Dec 30, 2008

    Same problem with the 3000

  • WhiteFoxUK Apr 13, 2009

    I have an issue with video too. In the VX 5000 software the audio/vide setup button is greyed out. Ive uninstalled and re-installd 4 times now. When i 1st install i get a freeze frame pic but thats the best I have managed! The setup for windows Live is N/A as there is no pic on webcam part of setup. Mic works great tho

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Normal 0 Try disconnecting the Camera from the USB port and reinstall the CD or Downloaded software program. When the program asks you to connect the camera to the USB port, do so and it should work.
Then to use it on the Web do this.
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 (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/download/skype/windows/beta/downloading/ ) 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 video 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 be able to see and her to you.
B. Yahoo Setup:
After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger (http://www.soft32.com/download_30.html ) 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.
C. Windows Live Messenger:
  1. After you start Windows Live Messenger, expand the view by clicking on the square on top left next to the red X.
  2. Then on the Windows Live messenger window on the right side, click on “ “Show Menus.” And then click on “Show the Menu Bar”.
  3. Next go to the Menu Bar on right side, click on “ “Action.”
  4. Go to “TOOLS” and click “Audio and Video Setting” and follow the instructions.
NOTE: Your audio and video should work. Enjoy.
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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