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Camera is used by another application

Hi,

When I open the built-in camera application to take some captures or videos it always gives me "Camera is used by another application".

Anyone has a clue to solve this problem. Thank you in advance.

Regards,

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    My built in camera says "locked by another application". help

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    Me too

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    Camera is used by another application

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    i have the same..........my camera is acer orbicam built in camera

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    same problem

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Quick fix workaround

Go to the start button
Choose my computer
Right click it and choose manage
Double click the device manager
Choose imaging devices from the list
Click the + sign to reveal your camera
Double click your camera
Choose the driver tab
Uninstall the driver this will turn the device off
Now remove the usb plug and re-insert it, windows will then install the driver and you are good to go.

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Normal 0 This ptogram will eliminate your problem of the camera being busy or being used by another program. Really works great.

Double click on this site http://download.cnet.com/SplitCam/3000-2348_4-10500269.html
And then click on Download Now (3.5MB)

  1. Install Splitcam saying yes to everything during installation including the any warnings.

    2. Then run the Splitcam program by double clicking the downloaded program.

    3. Clicked on "Video" at the bottom right of the program window and selected your cmera.

Note: This will result in your camera being switched on and viewable in the
SplitCam program.

4. Opened up Skype (or other messengers) and go to "Tools" then "Options" then "Video settings."

5. Also setup your “Audio” while you are there.

6. Selected "SplitCam Capture" as my webcam, then click on save.

7. Webcam image will appeared in Skype or what ever messenger you are using.

Hope this Helps. Bud

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