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Thread: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300

  1. Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #1
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    Hey,

    I recently bought Toshiba Satelitte A300-231 laptop, and I can't use webcam.
    I installed "Chicony-Camera-Assistant-Software" and it says "Webcam driver fail. Please restart camera or computer".

    My OS is Windows 7, so what I need to do? Thanks :)

  2. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #2
    >... what I need to do?
    You need to wait until Toshiba starts Win7 support and offer driver designed for Win7. All offered drivers will be tested.

    Which driver you have installed now? Vista driver maybe?

  3. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #3
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    yes, vista :)

  4. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
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    Hi

    It looks like the Vista driver for the Chicony webcam is not fully compatible with Win 7.
    I think in order to solve this issue, you have to use the Win 7 driver.

    As far as I know the Win 7 drivers are not available at the Toshiba European driver page yet but I found some Beta Win 7 drivers on the Toshiba US page:
    http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp?nav=Download

    Check if you could find a webcam driver for Win 7 there.
    The A300 is not listed on US page so check other models.

  5. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #5
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    Hey,

    maybe you people know some software, which can make photos with integrated webcam?

  6. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #6
    Hi

    The Chicony webcam software which has been preinstalled on the notebook allows you to create pictures and movies using the internal cam.

    You have to start the software and the first option “Start Camera”.
    There you will see the cam icon for snapshot and camcorder icon for movie recording.

    It works perfectly for me!
    But I'm not sure if this will work with the Win 7...

    Anyway... this software is neccessary to get the cam working!

  7. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
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    It doesn't work in win7, but i thought, that there is some other soft... BTW webcam works perfectly in messengers, but don't have soft to take pictures :(

  8. Re: Can't use webcam on my Satellite A300
    #8
    Check this page:
    http://www.freeware-download.com/Internet/WebCam/

    There you can download some 3rd party webcam applications.
    But not all are for free!

    So check some and maybe you could find one which would be useful for you

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