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I've just installed my FIRST ever webcam VX1000, everything seems fine, but how do I use it? is there an idiots guide somewhere, I've installed one on my friends computer as well, but we are both thick !!!!

I recently installed the LifeCam on my Dell Computer Running XP. My kids have cameras built into their Apple laptops. Yesterday I tried AOL IM which they all have I could converse with my daughter but no video came through either direction. The LifeCam box said it would work with AOL IM. I can see myself on my screen. A video camera is showing next to my name on her end. I cannot find an answer anywhere as to how to make this work. It's really frustrating. I went to MS website but found nothing when typing in LifeCam and AOL IM.

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  • Rollie Elkins
    Rollie Elkins Dec 27, 2007

    Still no solution. Don't want to pay for Premium Service.

  • Anonymous Aug 16, 2008

    I am experiencing similar problem. I am in touch with someone with the same webcam, I can see and her the other person, but she can only 'hear' me. I am on DELL computer windowslive - the other person has the same computer support.

    Help we are novices, getting prepared to be in touch with our children on the other side of the world.



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First download and install Skype and install the program. Then follow the info to setup the Audio and Video in info below.

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 shoud 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

Posted on Jan 14, 2009


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