I have the Ice Cam I purchased with my Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop.
I installed the software but when I try to set up a profile on Web Chat I have a black picture. I cannot get cam to be on. What am I doing wrong to not get a picture
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No laptop is trashed when a password is lost. It just takes a little time to find out how to get into the system. I'll assume it is running XP Home that was originally installed on it from the specs I saw when researching. I'll also assume the password is not the one necessary to get into the BIOS CMOS setup- that one can normally be cleared by removing the CMOS battery and letting it set for a few hours or longer so the information is lost. The OS password can be cleared by making a bootable disk for that purpose. I have a Unix CD program that I made from information I downloaded from the Internet. You can do the same if you have access to a CD burner on another computer, say a friend's or one at work. I can get you the program's name if that's the route you want to take.
This looks to be a software issue. if the slider in the control panel is off, and it is not responding with the Fn key. then you should check the display adaptor in device manager. install the appropriate driver if needed.
Contact Dell to purchase a Recovery CD for your model Dell laptop.
The other way is to do a new Windows install. Use a Windows installation CD, it must match the Windows version on the Windows Product Code label on the bottom of your laptop.
You will also need to download the device drivers for your model laptop from the Dell WEB support site, make sure the download the correct XP or Vista version of the drivers that match the Windows version you are installing.
gougher01, Thanks for following up with me. It's taken a while, but after 10 mins of searching in the usual XP 'Trying to locate software' from the internet, it has found and installed the necessary drivers and the dongle indicates its ready for use. Have yet to test it. Key msg for outers is to give the net search time as nothing happens for at least 10 mins of the search, so you can be tempted to give up, as I did on first attempt. Thanks. Trevor (Bluetooth dongle has 'Bluetooth' as its TM, otherwise I' not clear as to manufacturer as no docs came with it.)
1. purchase a 2.5" usb enclosure. 2. remove your hard drive and install in the enclosure. 3. plug the enclosure into a working computer and copy or move your important files onto working computer. 4a. reinstall the laptop hard drive and try a repair installation by booting from the XP cd. (if you are running xp) 4b. reinstall the laptop hard drive and try booting to Last Known Good Configuration. Press either the F5 or F8 key while rebooting to get to the menu. 4c. purchase a new hard drive and reinstall the OS using the reinstallation cd's