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[webcam] Undetected Microsoft LifeCam VX-500 on Skype or Yahoo Ms

I have just bought a new web cam, Microsoft LifeCam VX-500. This webcam purpose of usage is to be able to communicate or chat w/ my relatives that live outside the country, via skype or yahoo messanger. However, I found some problems that caused the family there can not see me. Following are the device details and problems:

(1). I Bought the cam, only consisted 1 cam and 1 microphone (NO CD/driver for installation).
(2). The cam hub is USB...
(3). I use the laptop Pentium III still... and already XP.
(4). I have tried to restart each time I plug in the Cam. After restarting, I CAN try and see myself via 'my computer'... Then, whenever I start to activate Yahoo Messanger! or Skype (I invite my fam to see my webcam and as I should have been able to see myself), there was only BLACK display, but do indicate 1 (one) viewer...

I have big hope there is kind expert who understands and can help to figure out this problem. Hopefully, God bless your kind help. I wish able to communicate with my relatives due to business and the expense for going home, haven't met for 3 years. With best regards, Astri.

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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 (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/download/skype/windows/beta/downloading/ )
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 (http://www.soft32.com/download_30.HTML )
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:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d78f2ff1-79ea-4066-8ba0-ddbed94864fc&displaylang=en
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:
http://dashboard.aim.com/aim
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
Microphone
Speaker
Camera
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.
Notes:
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 Aug 17, 2009

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I was unable to have Skype recognize my webcam Microsoft LifeCam vx5000. After trying all day with web searches, I was unable to fix the problem. I did see that the Life Cam could have problem with another program already using the Life Cam. I was frustrated. Later I wanted to change the font on my Internet Explorer 8, and I noticed one of the menu bar drop down menus was a reference to Skype about closing Skpye. I click on that reference and the LifeCam was working perfectly on Skype. After I turned off the Skype connection in internet explorer, there was no longer any reference to Skype on the drop down menus.

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