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Using Your Logitech Webcam With Your Windows XP Computer

February 13th, 2014 No comments

Picking up a quality webcam opens up your opportunities for contacting family members across the globe or making new friends online. Using a brand name product from Logitech means you won’t be struggling to get a good picture out of a generic device from China. If you are looking forward to jumping on Skype for free video chatting, you need to get that webcam working on your Windows XP computer first. Creating a series of Youtube videos or vlogs is impossible until you have compatible drivers. All of the Logitech webcams plug in the USB port, but they each need a different type of driver file to work properly.

 

 

Check For The Model Number

As with every other device you might want to connect to your hard working computer, it is best to start your quest for driver files with an inspection of the webcam. Finding the exact model number on your Logitech device makes it much easier to narrow down what you have and which drivers you need for it. It could be anywhere from 8 to 16 digits, and most contain both letters and numbers. Try looking for the number on:

    • The clip or suction cup that anchors the webcam to your monitor or desk.
    • The back of the webcam body.
    • A plastic label wrapped around the cord.

Check The Pictures

Sometimes you just can’t find the original model number on the webcam you want to use. Logitech didn’t always make it easy to spot these digits on older models, so the devices most likely to work with XP computers are also the least likely to have an easy identifier. Visiting the manufacturer’s support page gives you a chance to compare your model with clear photos of each of the products offered for sale in the last few years. This is a less than ideal option because it’s easy to confuse similar looking models, but it is a last recourse for webcam owners that just can’t figure out what drivers they need.

Try A Driver Collection

If you locate the model number or match your webcam to the right photo, you can find the right Logitech support page and start searching for Windows XP devices. Don’t lose hope if there is no XP compatible drivers listed on that page. Since support for the operating system is being phased out by even Microsoft itself, all too many device manufacturers are removing or not making drivers for that OS anymore. This is especially likely for the newest webcams from Logitech. When XP drivers aren’t available from the website, try turning to a driver collection focused on XP instead. These automatic installation programs scan to check what device you have attached, then try to match it with a driver file from the collection. Check that you are downloading a software solution that includes drivers for Logitech. Sticking with a webcam specific download also increases your chances of finding the right file the first time. Don’t download one of these programs unless it is from a trustworthy source like XPDrivers.com.

Connecting The Device

        1. Start by locating the driver. Installing the file before the first time you attach the device ensures that it doesn’t accidentally get associated with the wrong drivers.
        2. Connect the device to the USB port. Wait for your computer to recognize it, and direct it to search for drivers automatically.
        3. If it can’t match the webcam and the files you have already installed, point the manual installation wizard to the relevant files where they are located on your hard drive.
        4. Attempt to start the webcam through the Scanners and Camera folder in the Control Panel. If it isn’t listed there, you may need to uninstall all of the files and hardware and start over with the correct files.

Of course, you may need more than just the driver files to use your Logitech webcam. These devices often rely on a software solution that goes above and beyond the simple drivers to keep transfers running smoothly when using high definition or specialty recording modes. Try to download a PDF version of the manual for your appliance before starting installation so you know exactly what you need in the end.

Installing Logitech Software

No matter what operating system you are running your computer, Logitech may require you to install software to access all of the features of your device. Most users will notice a definite improvement in picture quality after adding the right optional program. It’s unlikely that you will receive these software additions when using a driver collection installer to find XP compatible files. Most of the software required for webcams is compatible with multiple models, so it is a little easier to find these solutions without a long and drawn out search.

Troubleshooting Problems with Your Logitech Webcam

      • The device is not recognized by the computer – Double check the driver files you used. Uninstall the files and try again with a different set. Unplug the device if it is attached to a secondary USB port or extending hub and connect it directly to the computer via a primary port. Try a different USB port to rule out a dead connection.
      • The picture quality is lower than expected – Check driver compatibility. Install any recommended but optional software packages offered by Logitech for your model.
      • Can’t access a feature or recording option – Install the optional software to get access to anything not supported by the basic drivers.
      • Stuttering picture – Remove the webcam from a USB 1.0 or 3.0 port and plug it into a USB 2.0 port.
      • Camera is recognized but won’t respond – Test it with a different computer to rule out mechanical defects.
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Finding Compatible Drivers For Older Digital Cameras

February 10th, 2014 No comments

Shopping around for a digital camera can leave you with a little bit of sticker shock if you want the power of a digital SLR or similar model for quality work. However, you can turn to gently used models that are just a few years old to save a lot of money while enjoying your artistic results. Buying a used digital camera on eBay is a good way to get into the photography hobby without having to shell out a lot of money to get the equipment you need. You could start a business selling crafts online, or create a portfolio of stock photography to offer buyers. Finding support and digital camera drivers for a Windows XP computer takes a little but of work, but it will pay off when you follow the right steps.

Original CD

Start by giving yourself a head start with a camera package that includes the original installation CD. Many used sellers track down these discs to help you install support files for your new camera.. This is also an sign that the camera has only had one user, which indicates it is likely in better shape than a model that has passed through multiple hands already. If you can’t find a product you want that includes the original driver CD, head to the manufacturer’s website. Companies like Nikon, Canon, and Fujipix all offer downloads of various necessary files when you know what kind of camera you are using. The website will also include information on finding a model number, which allows you to pinpoint exactly which driver files to download.

Native Support From Windows XP

Don’t assume that your older digital camera needs drivers before giving the XP native support a chance to kick in. Simple point and shoot cameras often allow the computer to read it without needing any further installation. It is well worth a try to plug in your digital camera with a USB cord and see if you can open its storage as folders on a drive. If you have purchased a computer requiring more than a USB connection to transfer files, it is unlikely you can use a specialty dock without finding the corresponding drivers first.

Windows XP may recognize the digital camera as a Mass Storage Device. This means you can open it as an external drive. The camera will need to offer Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) or Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) support to do this. Check the specifications listed by searching the product name to find out if a particular camera model offers this mode. If you choose one that does, you won’t have to worry about finding and installing drivers to use it with a Windows XP computer.

Windows Update

You may be able to find and download the right drivers just by connecting the camera and letting Windows search for it. Utilizing Windows Hardware Wizard is always helpful when you aren’t sure exactly what the model number is for the camera you bought or received as a gift.

Using Windows Update:

  1. Connect your digital camera to the computer with a USB cord. If you don’t hear the chime telling you it has been detected, you may need to switch it on, depending on the model.
  2. Click on the Start Button. Select the All Programs tab, then find the Windows Update listing and click on it.
  3. Enter your Administrative account information if prompted by the computer.
  4. Click on the Check For Updates link on the left side of the window.

If the program locates updates for the camera, they will be listed in the center pane. Click on any relevant links to start the automatic download and installation process.

Once the Update has run, you should be able to use your camera successfully. Any issues mean an uninstall is in order before you attempt to manually or automatically install any more files related to the camera you are using.

Driver Scanner Software

All too many of the big name manufacturers have stopped providing the Windows XP drivers for some of their most popular products. When you only discover driver files for the 7 and 8 versions of the OS, you may need to turn to a driver scanner and collection software that includes legacy drivers. Compatibility is key if you want your digital camera to run correctly. Don’t download driver installers unless they are trustworthy to make sure you get the right results. Programs that install mismatching files will cause more problems than they solve.

Other Options For Transferring Your Photos

Even if you can’t locate the driver for an older camera you have purchased, you have other options for getting the files as you need them. Start by checking into what type of media the device uses for saving the files. Nearly all modern cameras rely on some kind of SD or Memory Stick to do this. If you find out what type of memory is used, you can buy a card reader that supports it. Connect the USB reader and insert the card to have it treated as external storage without needing to install a lot of complicated drivers. Of course, this won’t help for integrated storage. Check into Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Pictbridge transfer support for further options.

Updating Your Webcam Driver

January 13th, 2012 No comments

Webcams are great ways of connecting with your friends and family living on the other side of the world. If unfortunately your laptop is not equipped with a webcam, then you may have to buy one separately just to do video calling with your computer. However, if it stopped working after a few months of using it, there is no need to rush into getting it back to the store for a warranty because you may only need to update the driver on your computer.

Check cablesOne of the possible reasons why your webcam stopped working would be loose cable connections. This makes it important for you to check the cables to ensure whether or not your webcam is connected to your computer.

Once your webcam stopped working, you could re-seat the cable by unplugging the USB connector and plugging it back again to the computer.  Since most USB hubs have the tendency to distort the signal, this technique can do the trick in fixing your webcam connection.

Make sure Windows recognize your webcam

When installing a driver for your webcam, one of the first things that you have to check is whether or not it is compatible with your OS. To check if your current OS recognizes the webcam you have recently installed, follow the short instruction guide below:

1. Go to the Start Menu and type in Device Manager into the search bar, and press enter.

2. Click Continue and look for the category named, ‘Other Devices’. If you see the webcam’s icon with a yellow triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it, you may need to install an updated driver to continue using your device.Updating your webcam drivers

When manually updating your webcam driver, one of the first steps is to visit the official website of your webcam’s manufacturer to download the right installer for your OS. You can do so by following the steps below:1. Go to the official website and choose the Product Support tab.

2. Click the Detect Devices for the site to automatically scan your computer for yoru device. Click the model of the webcam and your current OS to download the right driver for your computer.

3. Download and save the file to your computer. Once it has finished downloading, follow the prompts until the file installs itself on your computer.

The good thing is, there are now software programs available that could automatically update any drivers on your computer. This will make it easier for you to update any outdated drivers and to check if there are currently installed devices and drivers that are not compatible with your OS.

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Sony DSC P200 Driver Update

November 14th, 2011 No comments

One of the high-end cameras of Sony is the Sony DSC P200, which allows you to take pictures of high resolution and great clarity. However, you won’t get to do a lot of things with it if you do not have the right driver installed on your computer. If you already have the camera unit but still in need of the drivers, below are the steps to take to download them.

  • Where else to get the Sony drivers that you need, but the Sony support page? Visit the site and look for the USB drivers specially made for your digital camera.
  • One of the most important things to know when downloading any driver is your computer’s operating system. If you fail to download the correct driver compatible with your laptop and OS, then it won’t work for your camera. If you are unsure of your computer’s OS, you can check by clicking the ‘My Computer’ icon in the Start Menu, and choose the ‘Properties’ option. There you will find the operating system you are using.
  • Click on the drop menu which can be found on the bottom of Sony’s support page, and select the OS that your computer is using. Doing so will direct you to a list of available drivers for your Sony DSC P200. However, if it doesn’t show any results, you need to make sure that the ‘Everything’ tab is selected so that all the available files will show up.
  • Once you find the file that you need, click on the ‘download’ link, and you are all set.
Aside from downloading your Sony DSC P200 driver, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

GorMedia MoreCam Driver Update

September 8th, 2011 No comments

Let’s say you have three communication applications running simultaneously like Skype, CamFrog, and Yahoo Messenger. Then you happen to be carrying out video calls or chats in each one. The typical procedure would be to add a virtual webcam so that both programs have a video feed. The MoreCam driver from GorMedia (Gorgeous Media) however lets you skip this procedure entirely because it splits the video stream directly on the webcam hardware and shares it with multiple applications.

Another great attraction of this enhanced webcam driver is the capacity to apply plug and play video effects. This can certainly make your video calls and chat sessions a completely more dynamic experience. Other features that this driver provides are customizable output resolution which includes HD, support for various communication and instant messaging programs, and support for specific types of color space outputs. MoreCam is WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certified so you know it won’t have any issues with your PC.

This available version of MoreCam is 1.0, released September 8, 2011. It is compatible with computers running either on Windows XP or Windows 7. The application is worth $12.00 but there is a trial version you can download here for free.   On the trial, an advertisement bar will display on the output.

 

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Bisoncam NB Pro Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

Bisoncam NB Pro is a specific model of webcam that is occasionally found integrated in various laptop or notebook personal computers. You can in fact find this type of webcam incorporated in many models of Asus laptops. This product is manufactured by Bison Electronics Inc., a company based in Taiwan that specializes in the design and production of camera modules and other hardware accessories. This vendor has mostly geared its product line for the laptop and notebook industry and they are considered one of the top sellers of such devices in the region.

Integrated webcams in laptops can be subject to driver issues like other possible ‘on-board’ types of devices such as sound and video cards. It is not an uncommon mistake for users during initial system setup to bypass installing the specific driver for their Bisoncam webcams due to Windows’ automatic installation of generic device drivers that make peripheral hardware minimally operational. Down the line however such users will eventually start noticing the missing features or gradually encroaching system errors caused by missing software components.

This Bisoncam NB Pro driver update is published by Asus which means the update is only meant for laptops from this manufacturer. It is version 5.0.0.5 released July 7, 2011. It is compatible with Asus laptops running on Windows 2000, 2003, NT, and XP.

Click here to install the latest driver for your Bisoncam NB Pro.

 

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USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) Driver Update

July 6th, 2011 No comments

The USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is a unique piece of technology with features like the CMOS sensor that stands at 1280 x 960 resolution. One more thing that this camera has to offer is the frame rate that can go at up to 30 frames per second (fps). This device works when plugged into a USB 2.0 port.

One of the best features of this camera is the glass lenses that guarantee superior quality. The noise rate for information associated with the USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is around 48dB, while its focus range begins from 30 mm and beyond. Among the with the other advantages that come with this camera is that you are able to use this camera both indoor and outdoor since it can adapt to any environment.

A wide range of models are associated with the camera. This includes the Sitecom USB Bluetooth 2.0 class 2 dongle CN- 512 and the ML-66G.

This driver can be installed on any PC that runs on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP or later. Updated last July 6, 2011, you can download the driver from a reliable download site, or you can also go to this link to get the latest driver update.

 

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Acer Crystal Eye Webcam Driver Update

June 30th, 2011 No comments

The Acer Crystal Eye Webcam is an integral part of most Acer laptops. People who always go out on a business trip will find its features very useful, especially when they have to report about their status from distant places. However, in order to use the webcam, the right webcam driver and software has to be installed.

The webcam has a 1.3 megapixel resolution for taking excellent pictures. This webcam also contains extra features that let users determine the size of images before being captured. The fact that it can capture still images, this webcam can also be used for surveillance purposes.

With Acer Crystal Eye webcam, users can experience good quality communication through internet video conference. Acer webcam users can be able to start single online broadcasts. The webcam can be used with programs such as AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger among others. Users can even add backdrops or even visual effects to their video before uploading them to their websites or any social networking site. It is also possible for many users make their very own movie with the Acer crystal eye webcam. This is also of course with the help of the Acer arcade deluxe or Acer arcade software.

The Acer Crystal Eye webcam gives laptop users the option to capture still images and record full motion video. As you open the laptop, you will notice a small camera at the center of the laptop’s bezel. When taking still images or video, its compact and lightweight features let the user swivel the device around to take the necessary shots. The Acer Crystal Eye webcam utility that comes with the laptop works as the webcam’s only way to function properly.

To install the webcam, go to the Control Panel > “Add New Hardware” and then select the webcam. If the driver is not already installed, it can be automatically installed online by the manufacturers (vendors) website, or you can install it manually. To begin with, download the Acer Crystal Eye Webcam driver from a reliable site. You don’t have to worry about paying anything since it’s all free. Once you have downloaded the software, installation is as easy with just a few clicks. This update was released June 30, 2011.

You can download the Acer Crystal Eye Webcam Driver v 1.8.1.0 by simply visiting on this site. This driver is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit of Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista or later. Users are advised to update the drivers on a regular basis.

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Troubleshoot Your Digital Camera Compatibility Issues for Windows XP

June 10th, 2011 No comments

Thanks to the digital revolution, both still and video cameras are now more affordable and accessible than ever, and have in fact become quite ubiquitous because of how they can now be so easily integrated into just about any mobile device. These cameras allow us to capture a moment at any time or place, whether it be a planned occasion or some sudden, unexpected event. Naturally, to store and edit your photos and videos, you’ll want to connect it at some time to your PC. Normally, this task is usually a breeze, but for the millions of users of Windows XP out there, this simple action can sometimes be made difficult to impossible.

An OS Left Behind

When Windows XP first came out a decade ago, few could predict that its popularity would lead it to still be used by almost half of PC users today. While Windows Vista and Windows 7 feature newer technology and more streamlined functionality, they have yet to earn the reputation of stability and reliability of Windows XP. However, this venerable OS has begun to show its shortcomings in one particular area: support for the latest devices, which includes both digital still and video cameras. If you’re a Windows XP user, you don’t necessarily have to switch operating systems just yet, at least not without first trying out the following tips…

Check Your Camera for Windows XP Compatibility

One way you can save yourself a boatload of time and effort is to first check if your camera is compatible with your operating system in the first place. Microsoft provides this information for free in the form of a continuously updated catalog that you can access on this web page. Make sure to check the list right before you buy anything, as compatibility information on newer models might yet change.

Get the Latest Version of Windows XP

All three service packs and other updates released over Windows XP’s lifespan can be downloaded from Microsoft’s support page here. If you don’t already have the updates, they should help boost your system’s functionality, as well as add support for some of the latest devices. Some drivers and applications also require that a certain service pack be installed for them to work, so this is a pretty crucial step.

Install the Latest Drivers

Without the correct drivers installed on your system, there’s no way that your camera will even be detected by your computer. If your camera came with a driver CD, you should make sure that the software has installed itself properly. If this doesn’t work, then it could mean that the drivers you received are either completely mismatched to your device, or could be in need of upgrading.

The drivers you’ll need should be easily found on the camera manufacturer’s website. All you need to do is find the one made for your particular OS, download it, and then install it on your system.

Naturally, the need to do this work may be off-putting for some. If you’d rather not find the drivers yourself, then you can opt to simply do it automatically. Our Driver Scan Tool will help you do just that, and at a much faster pace as well. Try it out and experience the difference.

Currera Smart Camera SDK/API Driver Update

May 19th, 2011 No comments

The smartphone technology has extended to vision-capturing devices with XIMEA releasing CURRERA Smart Camera, an Intel CPU-based PC in a compact camera form. External hardware like monitor, keyboard, mouse, and external storage can be connected to it, or it can be used in standalone mode to capture pictures with smart machine vision.

The SDK/API driver package for the smart camera includes OS drivers of all XIMEA camera types, xiViewer (XIMEA’s own live image viewer), GenTL producer for connecting GenTL consumer applications, and visual libraries integration demonstration. Version 2.22, the latest driver update, was released May 19, 2011 and now includes support for color CURRERA models. Supported operating systems are Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Download the latest update for CURRERA smart camera SDK/API driver here.

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