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Removing the camera software and reinstalling it using a "clean boot" may resolve the symptoms you are experiencing. Booting clean is a way to eliminate programs from conflicting with installation of software.

1. Unplug the camera from the computer. Later you will be prompted by the software to plug in the camera; do so at that time only.
2. Open the Windows Control Panel.
3. Open the Add / Remove Programs window.
4. Locate the listing for the camera software and remove it. When prompted to remove the camera drivers files, click Yes.
5. Locate any other camera software and remove it as well.

Now download the latest version of the software for your OS from the manufacturer's website.

The following is the procedure for a 'clean boot'. I am assuming that you have XP. If you have a different OS, just let me know and I will send you the appropriate procedure to boot clean in that OS.

1. Click Start --> Run --> Type MSCONFIG --> Click OK
2. On the General tab, choose Selective Startup
3. Uncheck Process SYSTEM.INI file
4. Uncheck Process WIN.INI file
5. Uncheck Load Startup Items
6. Click on the Services tab
7. At the bottom, check Hide All Microsoft Services
8. Uncheck all boxes in the window or click the button labeled Disable All
6. Click OK
7. Click Restart

After restarting, reinstall the downloaded software. Next , do the following:

1. Click Start --> Run --> Type MSCONFIG--> Click OK
2. Replace checkmarks in the items that you previously removed them from.
3. On the General tab, choose Normal Startup
4. Click OK
5. Click YES, when asked to restart your computer

Hopefully, you should not have any problem now. Let me know how it goes, and dont forget to rate the response!

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I just bought an Acer Aspire ZS600 and my webcam camera light is always on and whenever I try to use my webcam it says camera is already in use by another application. The application is the PG application...


Right click my computer, go to Manage, then to Services and Applications, then to services. Scroll down till you find the application that is using your webcam double click it go to the drop down box click on it and choose Disable then click Apply. then you can choose to stop the program immediately or just exit out of all this and restart your computer this will prevent that program from starting when windows starts. The way you were doing it is as you know only temporary. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Some Keyboard Shortcuts



Keyboard Shortcuts

[Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications

[Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter

[Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu

[Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)

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Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word

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Right SHIFT for eight seconds........ Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN....... Switch High Contrast on and off.

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Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run

devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
msinfo32 = System Information
cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
mmc = Microsoft Management Console
excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
notepad = Notepad
wordpad = WordPad
calc = Calculator
msmsgs = Windows Messenger
mspaint = Microsoft Paint
wmplayer = Windows Media Player
rstrui = System Restore
netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
netscp = Netscape 7.x
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waol = America Online
control = Opens the Control Panel
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Miscellaneous

cmd = Command Prompt
iexplore + "web address" = Internet Explorer
compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
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dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
services.msc = Services
eventvwr = Event Viewer
dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
Windows key + E = Explorer

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How do I turn off permanently the PG application as it uses my camera constantly and whenever I want to use my webcam it says camera in use already and have to use the task manager to stop the application...


Hi there Ginny800,

Its quite easy to do this, you just have to know where to look.
Try the following....

1. Right click my computer.
2. Select Manage
3.Select Services.
4.Select Applications.
(there may be a sub tab called 'services' after you pick Applications...or not.)

5. Scroll down until you find the application that is using your webcam...which in this case is the PG App and then just double click it.
6. Use the drop down box and select Disable
7. Click Apply.

You can after doing the above choose to stop the program immediately or just exit out and restart your computer.

What will happen is that you have now prevented the app from starting when windows starts.

Job done! :-)

If that was helpful to you please rate me....if you need more help I will try to give you some.

Regards.

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You can try this. Do you have an install disk with your webcam? Some come with the Bus install but remember that all Bus connections do not necessarily install your driver. (If you have the disk and you installed it yourself, then you can uninstall it and try the install again. I don\'t kn ow if your webcam came wtih any software or not. If it did then you can try to install it without the application (driver only). Most webcams are very easy to install so I find that if it doesn\'t work the first time then I have to uninstall and do lit again.



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