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My computer is supposed to have a webcam already installed but I can't find it or figure out how to turn it on.

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First try to access the webcam from my computer folder (it will be present there if it is installed..) This way it will open and you will be able to make captures (snap shots)
If the camera is not present in My computer folder..than it needs to be activated and installed...first you need the driver for it ..and this can be downloaded from the manufacturer's site ..but I need to know the model of the computer ..and the operation system you use..
Anyway see if the camera is present but not installed go to the device manager by right clik on my computer icon ..and choose properties..,than hardware and device manager ..Here look in the list ..and if the camera is present it means it is active ..but if it is in yellow with a ask sign it do not have the driver ..and wither insert the driver 's disk and let it install from there (choose explore ...drivers )
If it is not present in device manager you need to activate it from the bios...for that press F2 start of computer ..immediately after your computer shows the first lines or image ..this will open bios set-up ...and here you have to look for a line called optimal factory defaults..when you find it see that a key has to be pressed for to activate this defaults settings ..forbably F7 or is written in front of the feature..Press that key and than enter ..and save all settings by pressing F10 ..enter to save and restart ..In this moment the webcam is activated for sure ..and will prompt you to install it if it has no driver ..

After you install it can use it by choosing to make video calls into the instant messenger program ...or snap-shots from my computer folder...

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