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My Web Cam freezes

When i am using my webcam through yahoo messenger it freezes after about 30 seconds on the other end.On my end it looks like its working fine. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening?

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    I have a laptop,and have a logitec mountable model. It freezes constantly.The cam is just over a year old. Thanks Rich

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Try updating yahoo messenger and updating the drivers for your webcam

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