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My MS VX6000 webcam is playing up. It still picks up sound, but not image. Just a black screen - whether in its own interface or skype. I have already tried to reinstall software, and no difference. Is this a known problem, or has the lens just packed in or something?

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Try the tips in this webcam technical support article.

Posted on Aug 07, 2010

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  • anansigirl Aug 07, 2010

    Thanks, but I had already unplugged, reinstalled drivers, etc. This is not a set-up problem: it was working fine and then one day just stopped capturing images. I can still Skype, record in sound, etc. Just no video.

  • Alan Fitzpatrick Aug 07, 2010

    When you go to Control Panel, Hardware, Devices, can you see your webcam and does it have a green check mark showing it is Enabled?

  • anansigirl Aug 07, 2010

    Yes. (Though scouting around in there I just found out how to finally install a scanner I was given recently and couldn't get working. Cheer! lol)

  • Alan Fitzpatrick Aug 07, 2010

    Humm...try this free webcam test site and see if it works there. You will have to click "Allow" when prompted on the site.

  • anansigirl Aug 07, 2010

    Hmmm. Still records audio but no video. Useful, mind, as it makes me think it probably is the lens itself that has packed in. :(

  • Alan Fitzpatrick Aug 07, 2010

    Your webcam seems to be broken. The only advice I'd have at this point is to replace it. Sorry.

  • anansigirl Aug 07, 2010

    Yeah. But thanks for your help. I'd read other postings that suggested all sorts of complicated things to do with clean boots etc to resolve conflicts. But the webcam test made it clear it is a hardware thing. Oh well. *shrugs*



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