I have bought a Toshiba Satellite M200 laptop 2 weeks ago.While using Yahoo messenger,for the first time the camera works fine.If it hangs for some reason,if I close the camera and try to restart,it says "locked by other application".I tried to disable the "Chicon traybar exe" in msconfig-->startup so that the camera assistant software does not start up automatically and restarted my laptop.Now if the camera hangs while chatting,it says "webcam cannot be connected."My OS is Vista home premium.Tried to uninstall drivers by clicking on camera assistant software but on restart,vista automatically did not download latest drivers,though connected to internet.I have again downloaded the latest Chicony webcam driver for vista from Toshiba website and same problem.
Toshiba support centre will not help even if it is within warranty as it is not a hardware issue.
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first you properly install the Web Cam Software, then you open the Yahoo messenger and again access the web cam. I hope it will work fine. sometimes yahoo messenger not access to Web Cam, that time yahoo messanger not working properly.
here are the steps that you need to do.. First turn off User Account Control (UAC),. That is under control panel. Then download camera assistant software and save it in your desktop desktop. You can get it at support.toshiba.com for US model or toshiba.ca/support for canadian model. Make sure you properly save it on your desktop. Then uninstall camera assistamt software from the add remove programs. Re start your notebook. Then install the camera assistant software. Re start again your notebook. Launch camera assistant software. It will work this time.
you can launch the webcam using yahoo messenger,msn messnger,AOL messenger,skype, etc.. in order for other people to see you, you and the other person should be logged in to ex. yahoo messnger or aol messneger..in that way you will have an option on your end to start your webcam and the other party needs to click something like "view webcam" beside your username..
ya vista have some problems go to your internet option and download manually the latest update of your webcam .this may be a problem because u are using latest version of yahoo but your web cam do not support it or either add xp also in ur laptop.
If you are trying to use live messenger 8 you may have to use the set up utility. Open Messenger, show menu, tools, audio and video set up. Checks webcam, mic and speakers. If it says webcam is being used by another application, check the taskbar. If there is a webcam icon there, right click and close. Hope this helps.
I don't know what exactly fixed the problem but I managed to fix it. I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A215 by the way.
Here's what I did Control Panel >> System Maintenance >> Device Manager
Go to Imaging Devices and right-click "Chicony USB 2.0 Camera" and choose "Update Driver Software"
First I clicked on "Search automatically for updated driver software" but everything was already up to date. So then I went to "Browse my Computer for Driver Software" and then to "Let Me Pick from a List". I updated the USB Video Device and rebooted but that only made it worse I think. Then I tried updating one of the "Chicony USB 2.0 Camera"'s and that did the trick. Yey. So now my webcam works.