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Hi there! i'm sure you've heard this one a million times already.. so i bought this cheap chinese made webcam.. lost the driver and now it doesn't run.. any advice on how to find the driver online? na

Hi there! i'm sure you've heard this one a million times already.. so i bought this cheap chinese made webcam.. lost the driver and now it doesn't run.. any advice on how to find the driver online? name is: Tama USB Camera Amcap Version 1.00 thanks!

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  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    Windows XP Professional Version 2002

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    Ya it's not plug & play.. so it doesn't work when i do that.. it wants to search for the driver but it's not there.. i think the only solution will be to find it online.. but i don't know if that's even possible.. if not then the cam is just trash lol..

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    by the way when i plug the webcam in (just did that..) it says it's looking for a driver called:
    CIF Single Chip

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    ya it doesn't seem to be prompting me to look online.. i'm just doing that one through google. really frustrating ahhhhhhhh lol

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    the only options i'm getting is "install the software automatically (recommended)" OR "install from a list or specific location (Advanced)". what i've been choosing is the first option.. that never takes me to any possibility of searching online.. the advanced option doesn't seem to either.. not sure which way to go with this..

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    cool let me know if you find anything.. i'm looking too.. thanks!

  • deepdreams Apr 21, 2009

    you've been so amazing with your help man! that link i tried and downloaded and ran it but still not seeming to work.. it feels so close though.. i tried it a hundred ways but wouldn't work.. it looks even like the program that i had.. it's makin me crazy.. if you happen to have any other links with driver possibilities let me know.. thanks again!

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    Frank Fernandez May 11, 2010

    What Operating System are you running?

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Have you tried starting Windows then connecting the Cam and letting Windows Hardware Installation Wizard configure it?

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    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    Not plug and play as you need to have Windows loaded first in the above question. Try selecting "Yes" to let the installation wizard search for the latest driver online? Since I couldn't find the correct driver, I think it's definitely worth a try. Otherwise, doing a "Custom" Microsoft update and viewing additional hardware updates may provide an updated driver for your Web Cam.

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    Cool, if connected to the internet it will hopefully find the driver. I will keep searching for it.



  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    You have to allow the wizard to go online on the second or third step. Please unplug the Cam, restart Windows, wait for a minute after you see your desktop and then plug the Cam in again to start the Wizard. Take your time and you'll see the option.

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    And what is the next step/option after selecting "install the software automatically (recommended)"?

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    Okay, I think I know what's going on. By default the Wizard will prompt you to "Connect to the Internet to search for the latest driver" (or something like that) and you have three options "This time only", Always, and Not now. It may be that if you have previously selected "Always connect to the internet", that may be why you aren't seeing the option, in which case you should just let the Wizard run. If it doesn't successfully configure your hardware then it couldn't find a driver at this time. The wizard searches your computer and optical drives and not just online. If the wizard says it couldn't find a compatible driver for your hardware, then we'll have to find one ourselves.


  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    Give the Amcap driver on this page a try:http://www.esnips.com/doc/c7619a70-3284-...

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Apr 21, 2009

    You're welcome. I'll keep looking, and will post anything I find here. Thanks for the rating.

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