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Logitech quickchat webcam won't work with yahoo messenger

When i start the logitech software, I am able to see my image on the webcam. When I start yahoo messenger and click on view my webcam, it comes up with 2 error messages:
1) ym does not find a webcam is attached
2) the image size is not supported.

OS - windows xp
Here's what I've tried -
1. download and install logitech driver version 11.5, downloaded older versions of YM and the beta version. Each version yielded the same error messages
2. called logitech tech support who gave me instructions to check properties, camera source, image size, etc.
3. rebooted pc as asked.
4. restarted ym - still got the same error messages.

Am unable to find any solution in google that could fix the problem.
Anyone out there with ideas/solutions to this dilemna?

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See section B. Yahoo in the info below.

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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