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If there are no error status codes under device manager, then either you have some OS corruption and need to reinstall the OS or the webcam is defective.
I would be more inclined to say the latter.
Skype is a good test, since you've obviously done that its most likely bad.
You could test the os theory by downloading hiren boot cd, burn the image to disc and boot into the mini xp live part, install skype and driver under it and test the web cam.
If its under warrenty just have them replace the web cam, if not i could replace it at a reasonable price. Comment back for additional assistance.
Did you download the drivers via model or serial number. Generally the webcams drivers that come with Gateway are in three. Be sure you unistall the one that doesn't work before installing the other, restarting your computer each time. Also check the dates of the drives compared to the time you purchase the machine, some driver may be old or updated. Lastly, which i am sure you've done, make sure you have chosen the correct Operating System if you are not downloading the file from the web cammed computer.
if the web cam is bult into the laptop/pc it will have a program to use it, or it will start atomaticly on a program like skype or msn. If it is a web cam you plug in via usb port it will start up when you press video call on msn skype or eney program that uses web cames
Try do uninstall all Webcam specific applications(Like YouCam), and close all webcam enabled application(like Live Messenger). sometimes they conflict with skype. install latest drivers for your webcam if you don't have them already Go in the skype settings and set up your webcam. Now you should be good.
When you sign in to Skype, you'll need to check your settings (the tab where you change your wallpaper, sounds, privacy, etc. You'll find an area for configuring your webcam, just follow the directions and make sure you give Skype the permission to start your webcam. You can also change the settings of your webcam to automatically respond to programs you choose. It's a great cam, I was able to talk to my husband and kids very easily from Sweden via Skype in February, the sound is very good and the pictures are not bad at all. I also can talk to my friend in Sweden, now that I'm home and it works great.