Ok, im using CreativeLabs Live Cam Notebook Pro on a home pc, running XP. i good little cam, but when using it in both msn and yahoo instant messengers, it frequently goes blindingly bright!!! more if i go too close to the cam, or suddenly move, but it also happens when sitting still. i cannot for the life of me find a setting...its not set to auto now,,,ive reset twice,,,,reinstalled the cam...please,,,please help me before i have no hair left!!!
Is there something to focus the light on the eye piece...it seems more of a hardware problem then software one...but you should have some control over the cam functions in your xp-control panel..go there and have a look.!
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Test your webcam here to make sure it broadcasts ok - Hit 'Allow' in the top window and check your cam in the left hand panel.
Having proved your cam is working ,you can configure it to WLM (MSN)
CONFIGURE SOFTWARE to MSN Its good practice to disconnect and re-connect your webcam before you start - if you have been using it elsewhere the MSN software may have difficulty in locating it, even if you exited the previous program correctly. The reason being, the webcam software can remain hooked-up to a program and needs to be rebooted. Mine, I just unplug it from the USB and plug it back in to reboot the software. If yours is integral with the computer you will have to re-start the computer, use a keyboard shortcut or disable / enable the webcam from the Device Manager.
Open MSN Click 'Open Menu' From 'Tools; navigate to, and click, 'Audio and Video setup' Set your speakers Click 'Test' - if OK, move on. Set your mic as default Use the slider to set volume and test. Click 'Next' This takes you to the video setup Your webcam should be broadcasting - if not - make sure the webcam is set as default - restart MSN Use 'Webcam Settings'to fine tune the picture. Click 'Finish'
This problem is not fixed through the settings of your Creative device but by selecting the right webcamin your messaging software.
When you install your Creative Camera it installs the physical Camera as well as a virtual Camera. So there are actually 2 (or more Camera's installed). The Avatar plays through the virtual Camera.
Whatever programme you are using (MSN or SKYPE etc) you need to select the correct video Camera.
So, for example in MSN messenger, select Tools, Audio Video Setup and select your camera from the list (make sure the Virtual camera is not selected).
To be even clearer as an example: If you are using a LiveCam Notebook Ultra 3 camera, you will see the following listed as cameras when you go to select a webcam to use within your messaging software :
Live! Cam Ultra Notebook #3 -- this is your normal camera
Live! Cam Virtual -- this us the Avatar etc camera,
Live! Cam Ultra Notebook Ultra (VFW) -- this is your widescreen camera
Ok a few things ya can try, Change the "resolution" of the Camera, Change the FPS, (Frames per Second), Change the color Depth. Set you Virtual Memory Higher. Increase ya physical RAM. Ensure ya have enough Hard Drive space. Defrag ya Hard Drive. Ensure the latest "Driver(s)" is/are being used. If ya still have problems.. try going to a good "Forum" about your model camera.
There is still plenty of hardware issues with Vista, so go to the cam or Windows web site for related issues and see if there is a patch.
Make sure the cam is also set up correctly and use windows live if your'e still using MSN.
You can also try installing Windows XP drivers as they are sometimes accepted and work.
You may have to set the camera up in Windows live or whatever it is you are using in the options.
Both video and audio have to be calibrated as well as in the software you got with the cam.
Ensure you have the latest version of MSN which is windows live.
Just to check the cam is ok, make a short video in windows movie maker, if it's ok then it's the messaging programme that's at fault.