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Microsoft Lifecam vx-5000 video distorted

I am using Skype messaging on a mac - brand new microsoft lifecam vx-5000, and my view is coming up as multi-colored bars flashing on the screen. What's wrong!!??

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The drivers dont seem to have been loaded properly. Uninstall the webcam and reboot. Reinstall the drivers and reboot. Connect the webcam and allow mac to detect the webcam and load drivers. Then go to Skype and from tools->Options go to Video. there set the webcam as the default camera.

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