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How do I turn my webcam on? I don't see a button or anything for it.

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It's usually turned on via software.

Check your Programs list carefully. What model is your laptop and which version of windows are you using?

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Your webcam is turned on when the software you use activates it. Example, if you have a Logitech webcam and you start up the Logitech software, it will turn on your webcam allowing you to record video or take pictures.
You can do a Google Search for universal-based webcam software, or you can visit Compaq's website to install the drivers related to your Notebook.
Hope that helps.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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