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Resolving Webcam Driver Issues for Windows XP

April 19th, 2011 No comments

The internet and all other information technologies have made our world a smaller place, allowing us to reach almost anybody else on the planet no matter where they are. For years, satellite phones and emails were the cutting edge of such instant communication, but the proliferation of high-speed internet access and cheap webcams now allow us to see who it is we are talking to, allowing us to be closer to one another than ever before. This is all great in theory, but some people may be experiencing some delays in joining this communication revolution simply because they can’t seem to get their webcams to work properly.

When computer devices don’t work, it’s usually because of some failure involving drivers, the software that allows your computer to recognize and use such gadgets. This can happen for many reasons. Sometimes, the drivers were shipped before they were fully tested and ready for the market, and need to be updated manually by the user. Other times, the wrong driver might have been packaged along with your device, or a version incompatible with your operating system might have been provided. With almost half of the users who log on to the internet still running Windows XP, this last occurrence has become more and more common. However, Windows XP users don’t necessarily need to switch operating systems in order to use their web cameras. Here are a few things you can try to get it working.

Verify Compatibility

First of all, you need to determine whether or not your webcam supported by Windows XP. Windows maintains and updates an exhaustive catalog of devices supported by this OS, which can be accessed here. Keep in mind that the latest models or webcams from obscure manufacturers might not be on the list yet, but can still be supported, so check the list regularly before making any purchases.

Update Your OS

Your next step is to make sure that your copy of Windows XP is up to date. Microsoft still releases periodic security and functionality updates for Windows XP, along with drivers that make it compatible with the latest devices. You can search for and download the latest updates on Microsoft’s Windows XP Support Page.

Finding the Right Driver

Once you’ve verified that your device is Windows XP compatible and brought your OS up to date, you can now try to find the appropriate drivers for your webcam. The manufacturer’s website is the obvious place to start. Check out their downloads or support pages, and the drivers for their products should be posted there. Be sure to get the one specifically made for Windows XP, as there are often multiple versions available depending on the end user’s operating system.

An Easier Way

If searching for, downloading, and installing your own drivers isn’t your thing, then perhaps you should consider a more automated approach. Simply download our Driver Scan Tool, and it will check all the drivers installed on your system to make sure that they are all compatible with your OS, properly installed, and up-to-date.


PTZ Controller Driver Update

March 1st, 2011 No comments

A PTZ camera (pan-tilt-zoom) is a type of closed-circuit television camera that is more typically used in film and television production or for video security systems. The camera is usually mounted on a movable mechanical frame that gives it a wide directional capability and its zoom and other view functions are remotely controlled. Hence such cameras are also sometimes referred to as robotic cameras.

PTZ Controller is a camera application developed by Serial Port Tool for this particular type of video device. It is in fact a virtual keyboard that simulates all the functionality of the hardware console that’s commonly used for controlling PTZ cameras. As such it can be easily installed on the PC to which the PTZ is connected and give you more flexibility in your operations. The usable and supported ports for this application are RS232, RS485, RS422, and the typical USB with the proper converter. It also has support for the various video protocols set by different manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, LG, and Canon.

This latest update of PTZ Controller is version 2.9 released March 1, 2011. Additional features now allow for direct use through a command line interface and accommodation of Sony AUX commands. This application can run on the Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 platforms.

The 30-day trial of PTZ Controller is fully functional. You can download your copy right here.


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SilverFast Ai Epson 4870 (Win) Driver Update

January 25th, 2011 No comments

SilverFast allows every Epson’s device to perform at their highest level. As a result, Epson decided to design most of their scanners with compatibility mode with SilverFast. Advanced scanner features such as digitizing documents and photos and scanning (slides, negatives and film strips) are made possible by flatbed scanners, which are also supported by SilverFast.

Supported features

  • Supports Multi-Exposure (SilverFast Plus/SilverFast Ai Studio)
  • Supports iSRD Multi-sampling (SilverFast Plus/SilverFast Ai versions)
  • Supports HRDi
  • Supports ICE
  • Supports Auto IT8 (optional for SilverFast Ai)
  • Supports Kodachrome (SilverFast Plus/SilverFast Ai versions)
  • Supports printer calibration (optional for SilverFast Ai)

SilverFast software overview

  • The SiverFast SE/Ai software for scanner is designed to work best with a wide array of scanner devices. It also ensures every device to work at their best.
  • The SilverFast PrinTao software for printers is designed with extensive functions. As a result, every printer functions to its full potential.
  • The SilverFast DC software for digital cameras allows easy and handy viewing, editing and archiving of digital photos.
  • The SilverFast HRD software for imaging complies with the highest standards in processing 48-bit and 64-bit raw data.

New Features of the update

  • Additional feature for Ektar 100 NegaFix profile
  • Works with PhotoShop CS5 & Elements 9
  • Additional feature for HDRi format plus
  • Improved feature for Automatic iSRD mode
  • Improved feature for Kodachrome improved feature
  • Works with Win7 & Snow Leopard
  • Additional feature for Hot-folder
  • Additional feature for Camera profiles

Version – 6.6.2r4

Date Release – January 25, 2011

Supported Operating Systems – Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP

To make use of all the advanced features of your devices, always make sure that your driver is not outdated. You can download the latest driver update here.




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EOS Utility Driver Update

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

EOS Utility makes it easier for photographers, expert or not, to transfer their images from their EOS 30D to their computer. The task is made easier by giving them the option of selecting one image at a time, or selecting all images to transfer.

Another advantage of the said software is that it is also capable of integrating with other photo editing programs such as ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional, for a faster and smoother flowing workload. You can even operate your camera from your personal computer, using the interface cable that comes with the unit.

Canon is responsible with such a genius idea since June 23, 2009 and the latest Version 2.6.1 works on different models as well. Not only will it provide information on your camera’s shutter counter, but also proves to be an important utility that every photographer needs with the following functions:

  • Installation and removal of the program from your computer is straightforward
  • Provides additional information such as date/time, firmware version and owner/artist/copyright strings, if any
  • You can still use your EOSUtility whether your camera is connected or not

If you want a tool that can automatically update not only your EOSUtility but other drivers as well, you can click on the link to download one of the most useful utility tools that your computer needs.


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Minoru Driver Update

February 28th, 2009 No comments

Minoru is the world’s first 3D web camera from Promotion and Display Technology based in Salford, Greater Manchester. In Japanese, Minoru means “Reality”. This product was launched in January 2009 in Las Vegas where it won at the Consumer Electronics Show the award as the “Fans Favorite”.

The Minoru application does have user’s guide in Spanish, English, Italian and German languages as well as Setup Wizard, Driver and Recording Application. Minoru supports features like new side by side modes, 2D, Picture in Picture and 3D Anaglyph.

This can be hooked using a USB port of a computer and has dual cameras built-in the likes of the human eyes which are held together in a Wall-E like platform. It has 30 frames per second and an output image from 320 x 240 to 800 x 600 pixels, respectively. This Web camera has a built-in USB microphone, 2 x high quality wide-angle lens, and 2 x VGA 640 x 480 CMOS sensors. Minoru can be used effectively when it is 3 feet from the object to be taken.

This latest update of Minoru 2.0.1 version was added February 28, 2009 and was released on the 28th of the same month and year. This application works on Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Minoru is a camera driver that cost nothing to download so you can use it right away and for as long as you want to. You can download your updated Minoru here to start using its features and experience its benefits today.


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Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam Driver Update

February 4th, 2009 No comments

The Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam is an application developed by Promotion and Display Technology. The world’s first 3D webcam which means “Reality” in Japanese term that supports Picture in Picture Modes, 2D and 3D Anaglyph. This software includes English only User’s Guide, Driver, Setup Wizard and Recording Application. Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam is the initial released version included on the CD shipped with the product.

You can connect Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam to your personal computer and your friend will come alive along with his eyes that light up and he will be seeing you in 3Dimension form. Your relatives and acquaintances can now see you in 3D with all your favourite messaging programs such as OoVoo, Windows Live Messenger, AOL instant messenger, Skype, and many more. Now, taking 3D photos or shooting 3D videos and upload them to YouTube and other video-based sites is now a possibility.

Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam connects very easy to your PC’s USB port just like any other webcam but it also has limitations. Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam software has stereoscopic anaglyphic processing that lets you be seen in three dimensions. The red and cyan anaglyph image produced by Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam can be viewed by anybody who is wearing commonly available red and cyan 3D glasses (five pairs included free with Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam). Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam can also be used as a standard 2D webcam for anyone who doesn’t have the 3D glasses at hand. Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam will appeal equally to the 3D novice and the stereoscopy enthusiast alike.

This latest update of Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam 1.0.16 version was added February 04, 2009 and was released on the same date. This application works on Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam is a camera driver that cost nothing to download so you can use it right away and for as long as you want to. You can download your updated Novo – Minoru 3D Webcam here to start using its features and experience its benefits today.


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Download Creative WebCam eX Driver – 1.02.01

July 3rd, 2004 No comments

Creative WebCam Pro eX Driver is a product developed by Creative Technology Ltd. This software contains the latest drivers for Creative Webcam Pro eX Camera and it allows still image capture to work properly in PC-CAM Center under 640×480 video resolution.

Follow this guide to install the driver:

Go To the manufacturer’s download site.
Click Yes to accept terms and conditions.
Click Next on the View Readme File window.
Choose destination file or you may opt for the default location (c:\WebCamProeX) and click Next.
Click Next on the File Extraction File window. At this stage, the extraction of all the driver files and setup program into the directory you have chosen above occurs.
Connect the device (Creative WebCam Pro eX) to your computer following the manufacturer’s installation manual.
Click Install from a list or specific location.
Click Next
Select Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install and click Next
Click Next and check the Specify a location box. Specify the location or correct path of the Creative Webcam Pro eX Adapter drivers for windows.
Click the Open tab to open the last window.
Then click Finish to complete the installation.

Download file name: CWebProeXDrvsV1_02.EXE
Date Released: August 08, 2003

Operating System Specifications: Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Click here to download a tool that will insure all of your drivers are up to date.