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Sometimes doesn't work with Skype

Sometimes the LifeCam works fine with Skype, but other times the video won't load. I can see the person I'm talking to fine, but it just says for my video that it is getting started or loading, but it doesn't work.

If I exit Skype and I open the LifeCam software, it won't show me any video and it says the webcam is in use by another program. If I then do a ctrl-alt-del to see what programs are running, I see lifecam.exe, lifetray.exe, and skype.exe, and it won't allow me to end process for any of them. I also then often can't shut down properly -- my computer freezes.

Usually a reboot will do the trick and Skype will work fine, but it is very annoying dealing with this problem frequently. I already tried re-installing lifecam, but that didn't fix it. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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  • jklumpler Nov 25, 2008

    I've got exactly the same problem. Most of the time it's absolutely fine but every now and then the camera will not start when using Skype. What's most anoying, I cannot even switch off or restart computer gracefully after this happens. The only solution is hard reset! I'm running on Vista x64.

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Normal 0 Normal 0 Web Camera’s have to be setup on the program they are to be used with. Just installing the camera on your computer does not set it up to broadcast on messengers or Skype.

Each program has Options that have to be setup in order for the Audio and Video to function properly.

A. Skype Setup:

After downloading and installing Skype set it up as follows:

  1. Go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, and click on Audio Settings and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  2. Then click on the Video Settings.
  3. The camera if installed properly will come up and show a picture.
  4. Then on the bottom of the page click on Save.

The camera and audio should function properly. Your friends and Family will now see and talk to you.

B. Yahoo Setup:

After downloading and installing Yahoo Messenger set it up as follows:

  1. Go to Messenger at the top left and click on it.
  2. Next go down to Preferences and click on it.
  3. Next Calling and Devices on the right and set the Microphone and Speakers to the computer Audio Card.
  4. Next go to the Test Audio section and (in blue writing) click on “Open the call setup assistant” and follow the instructions on the left window.

C. Windows Live Messenger:

  1. After you start Windows Live Messenger, expand the view by clicking on the square on top left next to the red X.
  2. Then on the Windows Live messenger window on the right side, click on “ “Show Menus.” And then click on “Show the Menu Bar”.
  3. Next go to the Menu Bar on right side, click on “ “Action.”
  4. Go to “TOOLS” and click “Audio and Video Setting” and follow the instructions.
NOTE: You audio and video shoud work. Enjoy.

When done both the Audio and Video will function properly so you can chat and see family or friends you are connected to.
Hope this helps. Bud


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I think the problem is in USB bandwidth.
On my PC (XP x64 SP2) it works only with USB bandwidth=2

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