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Did you install the software that came with Microsoft?
If you did that software might be running and preventing Skype from using the webcam.
Generally web cam software will add an icon on the task bar in the bottom right corner of the monitor. Check for the life cam software to see if it's running and close it if is.
One detected the web cam will be installed by itself if the software is in place ( intalled earlier to the web cam being plugged in.)
Now there will be an icon of the web cam on the desktop or you can select program and choose the web cam and right click to send the icon to the desktop.
Click on the iccon and the web cam will open. adjust properly according to the properties in the tool bar and you are ready to shoot or communicate via web.
Ensure the web cam is secured to your personal computer (PC). Most web cams use a "plug and play" principle. You plug the web cam in; it operates.
Install the required software for the web cam to operate. This may involve placing a CD in one of the drives, or alternatively, downloading the software from a host site.
Always reboot the computer after installing new software.
Click on the desktop icon or the program icon to start the program. If the program is correctly functioning, the web cam will start producing an image of its view on the desktop. Adjust the web cam for a clear picture and the view you want.
Most web programs will have a icon for "take picture." Left click on that icon or button. The web cam, like a normal camera, will then "freeze" that image and place it in a photo library.
Open the photo library and examine the image just taken. Congratulations, you just took a photograph with your web cam.
Ensure the web cam is secured to your personal computer(PC). Most web cams use a "plug and play" principle. You plug the web cam in; it operates. Install the required software for the web cam to operate. This may involve placing a CD in one of the drives, or alternatively, downloading the software from a host site. Always reboot the computer after installing new software. Click on the desktop icon or the program icon to start the program. If the program is correctly functioning, the web cam will start producing an image of its view on the desktop. Adjust the web cam for a clear picture and the view you want. Most web programs will have a icon for "take picture." Left click on that icon or button. The web cam, like a normal camera, will then "freeze" that image and place it in a photo library. Open the photo library and examine the image just taken. Congratulations, you just took a photograph with your web cam.
for using webcam in yahoo messenger,all you have to do is go to the yahoo messenger settings and set the camera. On
the bottom of my messenger there is a camera button that turns the cam
for installing skype
Downloading and Installing Skype
Go to the Skype Web site (see the Resources section below for links to
download Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux users) and download the
(The executable gets downloaded under the Program Files folder under a
directory called Skype that gets automatically created. A Skype Setup
icon is also automatically seen on your desktop.)
Click on the SkypeSetup icon that is on your desktop. A Skype Setup wizard then appears.
You will get a warning window asking if you want to Run or Save this file, SkypeSetup.exe. Click Run.
Note: Another confirmaton message may come up asking if you are sure you want to Run this software. Click "Run" again.
Follow the instructions on the Skype Setup Wizard to complete the installation of the Skype software.
At the end of the installation you will be asked to setup a Skype account.
A Skype window appears and if you have never used Skype before you have
the option of creating a Skype account. A link is seen on that window
mentioning the following:
"Don't have a Skype name?"
Click on this link and it opens up another "Skype - Create a New
Account" window where you have to type in your Full Name and then you
have to type in a "Skype Name" and a Skype "Password" and "Repeat
Password" in the respective fields on that window.
Note: Jot down this Skype Name and Skype Password as you will need it
everytime you open the Skype application.
Click on the "Sign in" button.
Note: After having created this new Skype Name account for the first
time, the next time you open Skype again, your Skype name will
automatically appear in the Skype name field. All you need to do is to
type in your Skype password and click the "Sign in" button.
Follow the instructions in the "Getting Started" guide to "Add a
Contact" using the "Add Contact" button, to test your headset and
microphone using the "Skype Test Call Feature," to set up a Conference
Call with a business colleague or friend, and to explore all the other
features in Skype.
Once you have installed the Skype software, there are 2 ways by which
you can open the Skype software application.
Click on the Skype icon on your desktop Or
Double click on the "x" icon in your desktop's system tray to start
Skype at any time.
Note: Once the Skype window comes up, the "x" checkmark then changes to
a green checkmark to indicate that the Skype application is currently
running on your computer. It changes back to an "x" mark when you have
"Signed out" of Skype and Skype is no longer running on your computer.
go to www.splitcamera.com
Install the program... then run the application..
click on file, video source, veo mobile/advanced web camera
(you should see yourself in the application window)
then open you skype
click on tools, options, video settings
choose splitcam capture, save
worked for me..
I found this answer on the skype forums
Hope it helps you
Right Click the volume icon in the taskbar. Select RECORDING DEVICES, Select the device you wish to use. Click properties. Ensure it says ENABLE (use this device). Then Click the ADVANCED TAB at the top and make sure it is set to "ALLOW APPLICATIONS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS DEVICE".
Then open the Messenger software you use and click the tool tab. Then click the Cam/Audio option. Make sure you have the correct mic/cam selected.
when you were installing the software did a taskbar pop up appear and tell you that hardware was found, and then proceeded to install the cam and inform you that the Logitech STX is now installed and ready for use?
If not then the cam may need to be tried in another usb port as of yet it has not been recognised by windows.
Also if this is being used on a laptop, sometimes there is not enough power amps being sent be the usb port to recognise, again trying a different port may solve that.
If all else fails re install the software again, but make sure windows is allowing the cam to work, as sometimes there is an updater programme that works in conjunction with the cam to update drivers etc, this will probably be being dissalowed by either windows or your internet security programme and any part of the software that is being blocked may be stopping your cam also.