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I am using a Toshiba Satellite p205d-S8804. It has a built in webcam (Chicony USB 2.0 camera) Since I had to do a total re-install of windows vista computer software it will not work. Checked device manager and it says its working correctly but it is not functioning

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Hi cooper_bryan,

If camera wont work after you re-installed Windows Vista to your computer, it might caused by a missing or corrupted camera driver. There are several ways on how to correct this issue, either you reinstall the driver or update it using the device manager. Here are some steps that you can use in installing the driver. Please follow the steps below.

1. Please go to this link. It will direct you to the official support site of Toshiba.

2. Please go to refine search by. Then select all operating systems then select camera.
--> now, you will notice that Toshiba only released camera driver for windows 7. However, try to download it and check if installation of the driver will push through.

3. Save the camera driver to your desktop.

4. After downloading, install the driver then restart your computer.

-- if the above procedures did not work. Please update the driver using the device manager.

1. Right click on my .computer Then look for device manager.

2. Under device manager. Look for the camera. Right click on it then select update driver.

Hope it helps.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011

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The Chicony webcam can be problematic, especially when running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista.


Microsoft has released an update that will correct problems with starting the webcam after terminating "Sleep" mode.


Users may also have to install the appropriate driver or webcam software to correct webcam problems.


Dark or Black Webcam Image Problems


Toshiba laptop owners may have problems with the webcam displaying as dark or completely black a few seconds after the initial image appears or immediately after engaging the webcam.


Users should ensure that the webcam indicator light is engaged.

If not, users should run the "Camera Assistant Software" to turn on the webcam.


Low light can cause the webcam to power off and to display a dark image.

Users can tweak the light and contrast by manually increasing the lighting in the room or by turning on "Night Mode."


If these steps do not correct the dark image problem, users may have to reset the webcam itself, reinstall the "Camera Assistant" software.


Webcam Problems After Terminating Sleep Mode


Toshiba laptop owners with Windows Vista (any 32-bit edition) installed and the Chicony webcam may have problems starting the webcam after restoring the laptop from "Sleep" mode.

"Sleep" mode powers down a number of hardware components in the laptop.


The webcam is capable of entering a non-operating system-induced sleep mode when it is not used for an extended period of time.


After the user engages Windows "Sleep" mode and wakes the laptop, the webcam may give error messages such as "Locked by another application."


This webcam problem can be corrected by installing a Windows Hotfix, which is also included in Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Webcam Problems After Upgrading Windows Vista

Toshiba Satellite laptop owners may opt to use the Microsoft Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to Vista Ultimate.


After doing so, the Chicony webcam may stop working and report a "Please turn on the camera" error message.


Users can correct this problem by reinstalling the Chicony driver.


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But is does not harm to check if your Java, Flash and Quicktime software are installed and up to date.
But certainly check your DirectX software, since all video applications, including webcams, use DirectX for video processing.

Try downloading the latest DirectX version and install it (Windows XP: DirectX 9.0c - Windows Vista: DirectX 10).
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