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Web cams I am thinking of buying a webcam so that I can keep in touch visually with a friend through our computers. Neither of us has used a webcam before and we are both non-technical. Can you please advise us what we need to check out on our PCs to find out if we can use a webcam with them and what else do we need to know, such as the most suitable webcam?

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If you're running Windows XP, have an available USB port, and decent (not dial-up) internet, you're good to go! Any camera on this page should do it for ya, though I'd recommend any Logitech or Microsoft camera:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&SubCategory=152&N=2000290152

They're also very easy to install, and usually include some sort of chat software. If the included software doesn't suit you, install any popular instant messenger (MSN Messenger would work well) or Skype and you'll be on your way.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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