Question about Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Web Camera
I'm not a computer expert and bought the Lifecam without realizing it doesn't automatically work with Skype. Can someone tell me how I can make it work with Skype or should I just return it and get another webcam.
I had the same problem with Lifecam VX3000 on Vista, and tried all the remedies everyone suggested online, including upgrades to driver, software, and DirectX. I even went out and bought a new webcam by a different manufacturer.
Turns out the answer was simpler. DON'T turn on the Lifecam software before you start Skype!
If you do, Skype thinks that "another program" is using the webcam. Open Skype alone; it will find the webcam and turn it on. Now I can chat with our little grandson in Kuala Lumpur. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 17, 2010
BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD ANYTHING, TRY THIS:
I was having the same problem .. then I went in to Tools > Options > General Settings > Video Settings > open the drop down menu on the right that reads: Select Webcam
... and make sure that 'Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (or whatever your camera is) is selected.
That should fix things up for you.
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
you can get the software from
after that you need to open skype, then settings and make sure its working..
Let me know if you need anything else.
Posted on Feb 21, 2009
See section A. Skype in the info below to setup the Audio & Video.
Also send this to your family and friends so they have their computer setup properly.
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:
Go to Tools, then Options, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
Then click on the Video Settings.
The camera, if Installed Properly, it will come up and show a video picture.
Then, on the bottom of the page click save.
The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now be able to see and hear you.
B. Yahoo Setup:
After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger
set it up as follows:
Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
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:
After you start Windows Live Messenger, expand the view by clicking on the square on top left next to the red X.
Then on the Windows Live messenger window on the right side, click on " "Show Menus." And then click on "Show the Menu Bar".
Next go to the Menu Bar on right side, click on " "Action."
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.
D. AIM (AOL) Messenger:
On the VIM sign-in window click on Edit.
Then click on Settings Enhanced IM.
Next click on Enhanced IM.
Then click on Audio Video.
The Audio and Video portion has drop downs so you can select the proper audio card and video camera installed in you computer.
The Audi Video drop downs are
The audio and camera should function now.
Additional information to use with VIM settings.
Adjust Your Audio and Video Settings:
In order to adjust your audio and video settings, please follow the steps given below:
1. Click the Audio and Video Settings button directly below the My Buddy or My Camera window. If you are currently
Participating in an AOL Live Video IM session, a message will display: You must disconnect the current AOL Live Video IM
Conversation before running setup. Would you like to disconnect now? Click the Yes button.
2. The Audio and Video Tuning Wizard will appear to help you verify that your camera, speakers and microphone are working
Properly. Follow the on-screen prompts.
The first time you use AOL Live Video IM, a message will display: Would you like to first check your audio and video settings? Click the Yes button.
The Audio and Video Tuning Wizard will appear to help you verify that your camera, speakers and microphone are working properly.
Follow the on-screen prompts.
images in AOL Live Video IM may appear reversed, or as a mirror image (text may appear backwards) when you look at your own camera feed or at the
Picture-in-picture (PIP) display.
After making the settings your ready for a chat and video talk with your Family and Friends.
Hope this helps. Bud
Posted on Jun 04, 2010
If you're only using the webcam for Skype (as I do), then you can simply get rid of the Lifecam folder and all its applications (in the C: programs folder). The LifeCam program and Skype interfere with one another because each is trying to take control over the camera. But the LifeCam works perfectly fine with Skype running it and without any of its applications. To try it, just send your LifeCam folder to the Recycling Bin and then open Skype. You may need to adjust your video and audio settings. If this DOESN'T work, then simply reinstate the folder to its proper place. But as I said, it works fine on my XP system.
Posted on May 04, 2011
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