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Webcam in use by another program?

My webcam says its in use with another program when i try and use it on windows live messeger i have tried removing sample picks but still the same it is aspire 5535with cystal eye webcam running os windows vista premium, if it is some thing to do with the driver please let me know how to unstall and restall a new one

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  • jamie_rhodes Jan 10, 2009

    sorry do not know what this is?

  • jamie_rhodes Jan 10, 2009

    hi the webcam works fine from the desktop it's when i go online

    if you still think this is the problem sorry no good on computers could you run through your idea in a simple way for me?

  • jamie_rhodes Jan 10, 2009

    spook to acer and was told to install bison drivers it currently has microsoft ones but and this would solve the problem but i don't now how thanks

  • Jason Edinger May 11, 2010

    Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird by any chance?


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Thunderbird is an email client, but I'll take that as a no.

Download this:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

Click the Find menu, then Find handle or dll and search for the executable file (.exe) of the webcam. It will show you if there is another program using the webcam. Thunderbird likes to take over webcam's for some reason, which is why i was asking. If you need help with this, you can question me directly and we can set up a time for me to remote to you and look.

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