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Toshiba A-200 10W webcam locked by another application

The webcam is locked by another application while there's no other progam ruuning.What can i do?

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  • dafni Dec 06, 2007

    no i havent it gets on my nerves!if somebody does please tell me so!and how,,!

  • pesante Dec 07, 2007

    it is the same for me on the toshiba U300-137 satellite !!!!
    help please....

  • nafis Dec 08, 2007

    i have the same problem ,everytime i try to turn on the web cam, it says locked by another application.I am using the A200 Satellite.

  • alobua Dec 11, 2007

    My laptop is a Toshiba M200, its so frustrating and there doesn't seems to have any solutions.

  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2007

    I Have a toshiba satellite A215 I have the same problem.THewebcam works fine sometimes which is very rare but most of the time i receive the message not connected or used by some other programme even though no other programme is running.AS suggested i have tried all the methods but it is of no use. Please help

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    my webcam was installed but the msn was deleted and now that msn was downloaded now the webcam is not working

  • LadyGL Mar 13, 2008

    My webcam was locked by another application.

    All effort has been made to activate it but to no avail. I can't identify the origin, where it was locked. I can't remember selecting any option that will lead to the lock. Please I really need help & support to activate it as soon as possible. Above all, there is no direction or option to activate it. Help Please.

  • stava Mar 15, 2008

    web cam saying it locked by another application

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2008

    you dont have to select anything for it to lock... just does...

  • Sarmistha May 22, 2008

    I have bought a Toshiba Satellite M200/N00 Laptop just a week back.While trying to chat using web cam,it gives an error "Locked by another application".

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    i have the same problem. some one tell me how? there are some comments that window vista is creating that problem. the other window doesnot have that such problem.

  • gidget65 Jul 14, 2008

    Webcam locked by another application

  • bobgndr Nov 07, 2008

    i bought a toshiba laptop like 2 weeks back ,whenever i try to use webcam it gives me locked by another application....why ??? please we need help.

  • allam3000 Jan 06, 2009

    toshiba A-200 10W webcam locked by another application problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered.

  • mikey333 Jan 08, 2009

    i have a webcam built in my labtop but i want to record something but when i press the record botton it says "locked by another application

  • thomasjn15 Jan 17, 2009

    My computer says that the web camera software cannot start because it is locked by another application. It will not allow me to use the web assistant software.

  • blehblehh Jan 21, 2009

    my webcam is telling me that it's locked by another application are there are no other applications open on my computer!

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    same Problem

    webcam locked by another application problem

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  • acare2004 Apr 06, 2009

    camra not workinf

  • miky_gs
    miky_gs Dec 11, 2009

    i use an emachine pc...pls can anyone help me find and connect my webcam



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I don't know what exactly fixed the problem but I managed to fix it. I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A215 by the way.

Here's what I did
Control Panel >> System Maintenance >> Device Manager

Go to Imaging Devices and right-click "Chicony USB 2.0 Camera" and choose "Update Driver Software"

First I clicked on "Search automatically for updated driver software" but everything was already up to date. So then I went to "Browse my Computer for Driver Software" and then to "Let Me Pick from a List". I updated the USB Video Device and rebooted but that only made it worse I think. Then I tried updating one of the "Chicony USB 2.0 Camera"'s and that did the trick. Yey. So now my webcam works.

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Try Pesante80's solution.He/She is absolutely is the webcam software. I un-installed the software that came with the laptop...and voila! My webcam now more irritating messages! I went into add/remove ...removed the offending program, and restarted the works great.

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I had this problem on satellite U300 with Vista. I fixed it unistalling all the native webcam programs and drivers. then restart and Vista will automatically install the latest driver release. It should work. If not, try also to install the ffdshow codec. In any case, the problem is definitely the chicony webcam programs which aren't compatible with vista. The latest drivers instead are. Try also to complete the unistalling by using a reg cleaner as ccleaner. Hope I'd be useful.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007

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Issue: Other programs already using the device? Unable to see the Video using Messenger?

Solution(Verified): There might be some programs that is already attached with the device. To deactivate them, run msconfig by going to accessories and then run. Then under the tab labeled "Services" check the box that says "Hide all Microsoft services" and then click on disable all press ok. You should then be asked to restart so press ok and once the computer is back up try with your messenger software and it should work.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

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Same thing happened to me on my Gateway presumably with the same camera.

Others noted that when they installed Messenger it locked. I took this tack and uninstalled everything I could think of until I came to VirtualDub.

Now, amongst movie makers VirtualDub is considered great although a GUI that takes some getting used to.

So I dumped my built webcam software and am sticking with VirtualDub. It works great.

Posted on Apr 04, 2010

Franki1118 is right. uninstalling the camera assistant software fixes the problem. I can now use the webcam for msn! :)

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

Frankie1118 is right. uninstalling the camera assistant software fixed this problem for my a215-s4807 laptop. I can now use the webcam for msn etc.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

I dont really know if this will solve cuz mine is A215-s4747

1st- go to computer
2nd- (click it) go to uninstall program or change ( its at the top)
3rd- find camera assistant right click (click change)
4th - there will be 3 choices click the MIDDLE ONE
and after that it will load and restart your computer
then there it works

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

Just re-start it. it will work as charm....

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

There can only be one application running at a time that uses the webcam so if it's toshiba it would be Camera assistant just right click on it and exit. Or turn it off using solution 2

Posted on May 23, 2008

I had the same problem, restarting the computer fixs it usually

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Are you running an instant messenger program that uses webcam chat? Many times, the processes that run these programs will hang, even when the program has been closed.

I assume rebooting fixes your problem, at least for one use. If you want to get around restarting, unplugging the webcam and then plugging it back in will usually free up the resources.

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