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This is a common problem:If you haven't already done this, run the inbuilt troubleshooter if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or download the fixit program from Microsoft to see if there is OS related errors that are causing your problems.
Next go into control panel-device manager and locate the imaging device. If it isn't under "imaging devices" the camera will probably show up as "unknown device". Uninstall this and then restart the computer. This will force the bios to recognize the camera. If this doesn't work, secondly, roll back your video drivers or reinstall the original drivers.
On laptops, especially, the video card hardware is connected to the built in camera. Later versions of the drivers may not be compatible with the camera which is causing a conflict.
If neither of these works I'd take it to a computer repair person if you're not comfortable opening the computer up and ask them to troubleshoot it. If you are comfortable follow these steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am6na_9HDww
***Very important: make sure that no power what so ever is supplied to the computer when you take it apart. Also make sure you keep all magnets away from the computer and ground yourself while working on the computer by either working on a metal surface or linking a metal lead to your wrist to keep static electricity from discharging on the motherboard or on other components which can cause damage.
Check all ribbon cable connections. Check to make sure the cable for the camera isn't crimped or damaged. Reseating the cables can make sure that communication occurs properly. Unseated cables occur with laptops all the time and usually it's caused by moving things around. Opening and closing the lid, and otherwise normal use. If the cable is damaged that would explain why it's not being correctly recognized by the computer.
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