If your Notebook is installed with Vista, there is no option to start the Webcam directly without using any application.
However, you can try using the HP Webcam drivers which are for XP with which you will get a Preview window to use the webcam without using any application like Messengers etc..:
Download the above mentioned driver from the link below :
Save the file in the Notebook and double click once the file is saved to install the drivers.
However, if you are unable to access the webcam using Quickplay application, I recommend you to try reinstalling the application by following the instructions below if the Recovery Partition
is available and you are able to use the Recovery Manager
Click on Start
and then on Control Panel
in the window that appears, click on Classic View
in the left pane.
Now, among the icons that are displayed, double click on Programs and Features
icon and among the list that is displayed, click on HP Quickplay
and click on Uninstall
button on the top.
Now, follow the instructions available in the link below to reinstall Quickplay
using Recovery Manager :
You can also try downloading Cyberlink YouCam
application which is provided for all latest Notebooks to access Webcam from the link below :
Save the file into the Notebook and double click the file to install the application.
You can find the required instructions to use Cyberlink YouCam
application to access the webcam of your notebook from the link below :
Additionally, you can find the details about YouCam
application from the link below :
Hope the information helps...