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Hp built-in web cam

My webcam was working fine when i first got the laptop. now, when im on msn and i try to use it it says that it is disconnected or in use. It is neither of those. how can i fix this and be able to use my webcam on msn messenger?

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  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2007

    The built in webcam on my HP is doing the same thing. It used to only do it when the computer had been on all day, but now it does it as soon as I turn the computer on.

  • lyssalard Mar 14, 2008

    i have the same error:

    ATTENTION (9:03:36 PM): Your camera is already being used by another application. Please exit all applications that are currently using the camera and try again.


    ive had it for about four months and i just recently began

    recieving this error.

    help?!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2008

    my built in webcam on hp computer says is either disconnected or in use

  • KyAngel Mar 18, 2008

    I've also had the same problem. After awhile it started working again but now is back to giving me the same error... very frustrating!

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Recheck Audio and Video settings.

Normal 0 Normal 0 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 set it up as follows:

  1. Go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  2. Then click on the Video Settings.
  3. The camera if installed properly will come up and show a picture.
  4. Then on the bottom of the page click on Save.

The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now see and talk to you.

B. Yahoo Setup:

After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger set it up as follows:

  1. Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
  2. Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
  3. Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  4. 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:

  1. After you start Windows Live Messenger, expand the view by clicking on the square on top left next to the red X.
  2. Then on the Windows Live messenger window on the right side, click on “ “Show Menus.” And then click on “Show the Menu Bar”.
  3. Next go to the Menu Bar on right side, click on “ “Action.”
  4. Go to “TOOLS” and click “Audio and Video Setting” and follow the instructions.
NOTE: You 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.
Hope this helps. Bud

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