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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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Doing A Factory Reset On Your BlackBerry PlayBook

February 13th, 2012 No comments

There are many reasons why you need to regularly update your BlackBerry PlayBook’s driver, as well as do a factory reset on it. This includes preparing your device for rooting, downgrading or upgrading its OS, or even for fixing a nuked or bricked tablet. You will know that it will need resetting when it continuously reboots and the LED keeps on blinking even when it’s turned off. The good thing is, you can still fix such problems and you can start by doing a factory reset on your device.

Before beginning the process, keep in mind that doing a factory reset on your device will completely wipe off all information and data stored on your BlackBerry PlayBook. if you have any plans on downgrading/upgrading your OS or rooting your device, make sure that you make a backup of its data so that you can install them again after successfully finishing the process. When it is bricked however, there is no way that you can recover any of its data after doing a factory reset on it.

How to reset your PlayBook

When resetting your PlayBook, make sure that your drivers are updated as well as the latest version of the BlackBerry Desktop Software is installed.

  • Start the Desktop Software on your computer
  • Turn off your PlayBook
  • Connect your device to the computer via USB connection
  • After receiving the error message stating that the Desktop Software is unable to connect to your PlayBook, click the Update button and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Wait until the Desktop Software is finished downloading and installing the updated OS
  • After finishing with the update, choose the language, edit the time and sign in on your device using your BlackBerry ID.

Update Your BlackBerry Device Driver Manually

February 13th, 2012 No comments

BlackBerry is one of the most popular phones nowadays and with the number of new models released for the past few months, it is important for any BlackBerry owners to update drivers on their computer so that they can update their device’s OS or charge it via USB connection.

The BlackBerry USB drivers are available for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Servers 2000 to 2008. These drivers are readily available on the Windows Update site and by downloading them, you can charge your BlackBerry smartphone on your computer, even if you do not have the BlackBerry Desktop Manager installed.

Those who own older versions of the BlackBerry USB driver and has it installed on their computer, can go to the Windows Update site to download a driver update.

Why an update is important

An error message would appear every time a BlackBerry smartphone is connected via USB to a computer that does not have an updated driver installed on it.

Keep in mind that the BlackBerry Device Manager is will not be updated or installed when installing or upgrading the BlackBerry USB driver from the official Windows Update site.. Instead, it will be automatically installed with any third-party software or the BlackBerry device itself, which will require the BlackBerry Device Manager to operate.

How to update the driver

  1. Right-click My Computer and then select Properties.
  2. Choose the Hardware Tab and click the Device Manager option.
  3. Click the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand the available options.
  4. Right-click the BlackBerry Device and select its Properties.
  5. Choose the Update Driver Option.
  6. Select Install from a list or a specific location before clicking on Next.
  7. Uncheck the Search Removable media option
  8. Click the Include this location in the search option
  9. Select Browse and go the folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\USB Drivers and click OK
  10. Click Finish

Updating and Rooting Your Motorola To Android 4.0

February 12th, 2012 No comments

Apple is threatened by the increasing popularity of Android devices and with the continuous updates being released by Android, it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of consumers prefer buying Android smart phones over iPhones.

To make the most out of your Android device, you could root it so that you can install more apps, or you can update it to the latest Android 4.0 software version. If you own a Motorola smartphone, you will be happy to know that developers in the CyanogenMod community have made it possible for you to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although this is still in beta mode and there are bugs that should be fixed, updating your device’s software can do a lot, especially since Motorola uses old hardware.

Just like in updating your computer’s drivers, updating your phone’s software will give you a loft of freedom to do more on your phone.

Pre-requisites

Before proceeding with the rooting and update process, keep in mind that the process enumerated below is not applicable to phones that are locked to certain network carriers. If you force to do it on a network-locked phone, you may just do more damage to your device. Before updating your Motorola handset to the latest Android 4.0 software, make sure that you have successfully rooted it first and downloaded Google Apps on the device.

Instructions

  • Make sure that you have installed the correct driver so that your computer will recognize the device once plugged in via USB cable. Copy the downloaded ZIP files on your phone’s memory card.
  • Disconnect the phone from the computer
  • Enable USB debugging by going to Settings. Click Applications > Development >USB Debugging.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Boot your phone into recovery by pressing and holding the X button, and by pressing the power button afterwards.
  • Go into the recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume UP button, and by pressing the Camera button.
  • Clear the storage of your device to clear out any data from your phone’s previous ROM
  • Select Install ZIP from SD Card, and choose the CyanogenMod file. The installation process may take from five to ten minutes.
  • Reboot your phone’s system to finish the installation process.

Since the Android 4.0 Software Update is not an official release nor it is supported by Motorola, make sure that you copy instructions carefully to avoid any problems.

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Resolving Bluetooth Compatibility Problems With Windows XP

September 2nd, 2011 No comments

Bluetooth has steadily become one of the most popular wireless technologies of our generation, allowing a multitude of different types of devices to communicate with one another, be it your video camera, cellphone, printer, and even the entertainment, phone, or navigation systems on your car!

It’s used largely as a means to transfer files from one device to another, but it can also be used for hands-free telephony and even as the medium for working wireless devices such as game controllers, keyboards, and mice. Given how integral it’s becoming in our daily lives, it’s really no wonder if you’d like to install bluetooth capability onto your PC, the better to integrate all your devices. Unfortunately, users of Windows XP might have a little trouble getting in on this wireless revolution.

Old, But Not Out

The problem Windows XP users might face has to do with the age of the operating system. Being over a decade old means that the set of drivers that can be found on its system files might be long outdated and unable to support the latest generation of devices and peripherals. This is an especially big problem given how around 40% of the computers that log on to the internet are still running Windows XP. If you’re one of these millions of users, you’ll be pleased to learn that you don’t have to upgrade to a new OS just yet. Here are a few things you can try to get your bluetooth device working with Windows XP.

Check the Catalog

Microsoft maintains and constantly updates an exhaustive list of all the devices, gadgets, and gizmos that should work fine with Windows XP. The list can be accessed at this website. You should be able to tell at a glance if the bluetooth card or USB dongle you wish to install is compatible. Similarly, the manufacturer often states on the product’s packaging if it is XP compatible. Be sure to do these checks before you commit to buying any device.

Update XP  to the Latest Version

Because of its longer than expected popularity, Microsoft still continues to provide technical support for Windows XP. This includes service packs and periodic updates, which contain bug fixes and security upgrades, along with a few drivers in order to keep the operating system compatible with the latest hardware. If you don’t think your version of Windows XP is up to date, you can download the updates from this website.

Check Your Drivers

Regardless of whether your bluetooth device is a dongle or a card that needs to be installed internally, it should have come with a CD that contains all the drivers necessary for its operation. If you’ve already installed the drivers but haven’t gotten the device to work, then your drivers might be outdated or just plain incompatible with the device. You can log onto the manufacturer’s website and download the right updated driver yourself.

Or, if that task sounds a bit too tedious, you can download our Driver Scan Tool to give your PC a thorough check to see if all your drivers are compatible and up to date, This should help you avoid any hardware installation headaches in the future, allowing you to focus on maximizing you fun and productivity instead.

 

Tips On Updating Your Motorola USB Driver

August 31st, 2011 No comments

Android phones are one of the best-selling phones in the market today and one of the key components for consumers is the company manufacturing it. Motorola made its name synonymous with Android and smart phones. For the past few years, it has beaten its way back to the top by manufacturing series of phones with Android as its platform and designing them to perfection to provide desirable and high-profile mobile phones in the market.

Every Motorola Android phone comes with a USB driver that allows you to connect your device or tablet to your laptop or PC using a USB cable. The software should be properly installed to your laptop since it is crucial in recognizing the device when connected via USB.

A short note on Motorola USB Drivers

Before you can install your device’s USB driver, there are some system requirements that you should take note of. One is that your computer’s operating system should be the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also important that you have the Administrator permission so you can install the device’s USB driver to your laptop or computer.

The need for updating your USB driver

Just like all other technologies that we have learned to adapt and love today, USB drivers also goes through endless developments and improvements in order to meet the rising demands and needs of consumers. Motorola has gone through vast improvements lately and to comply with the standards set by their customers, they release updates for their devices’ USB drivers every now and then.

To keep in touch with the latest and to update your device as well, you should constantly check for available updates for your Motorola Android USB driver. This should also be done to be able to connect and install your device easily to any laptops or PCs.

How to update your driver

Updating your Motorola Android USB driver is quite easy because all you need to do are the following:

1. Download a driver update tool to verify that you have installed the correct driver file to your PC.

2. Download a utility tool that will make it easy for you to locate and install the correct USB driver for your system.

If you want to avail of such a tool for your Motorola device, click on this link for an automatic update not only for your USB driver, but for other outdated system drivers as well.

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Resolving Smartphone Connection Troubles on Windows XP

July 1st, 2011 No comments

Smartphones have only recently become the must-have gadget for everybody, from high-powered professionals, tech-savvy parents, and status-conscious teenagers. A quick look at their functionality pretty much reveals why. Today’s smartphones often exceed the processing speeds, memory, and storage capabilities of the best PCs of less than a decade ago, which is more than enough computer power for anyone, especially in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. With that power, users can log onto the internet, send emails, type up whole documents, and play video games, movies, and music to entertain themselves.

The ability to enjoy such conveniences also hinges on the ability of your computer to properly interface with your smartphone. While this is usually no problem for users of newer operating systems like Windows Vista or Windows 7, it can be a problem if you’re one of the millions of users still using Windows XP.

The trouble with Windows XP is easily summed up: it’s old. It quite simply can’t maintain compatibility with the latest gadgets, especially if some of them hadn’t yet been conceived when it was first released in 2001. Fortunately, if you’re intent on sticking to this venerable OS, then you can still do a few things to help extend its lifespan and expand its hardware compatibility.

Step 1: Update Windows

Some gadgets, smartphones included, require that your computer have at least a certain Service Pack or upgrade installed so that your computer can properly detect and interface with them. Fortunately, updating your copy of Windows XP is a pretty simple and straightforward task. Windows usually has a built-in updating tool, but if you wish to do it yourself in order to be selective about which upgrades you do take, you can simply visit Microsoft’s website here and download them yourself.

Step 2: Ensure Smartphone Compatibility With Windows XP

Some devices just won’t work with Windows XP, no matter what you try. So if you want to use your brand new phone with Windows XP, you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure it’s compatible before you purchase any devices for your PC. The best way to do this is to visit Microsoft’s own exhaustive list of compatible devices, which can be found on this webpage. The list is updated regularly, so be sure to check it right before you buy anything to get the latest information.

Step 3: Update or Replace Your Drivers

Most hardware troubles are rarely the result of problems with the physical device itself. Most of the time, a software issue is the culprit. This inevitably means problems with the drivers. Now most gadgets, smartphones included, usually come with a CD that contains all the necessary software, and a simple install should resolve all your problems. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Driver software might be released in a buggy and less than complete state, or, in some cases, might be completely incompatible with your device anyway.

When this occurs you can opt to search for, download, and install the correct driver software properly on your own, but that could take a lot of time and effort. For quicker results, we recommend you try out our Driver Scan Tool and let it do all the work for you.

Resolving TV Tuner Compatibility Problems for Windows XP

June 11th, 2011 No comments

Computers are fast becoming everybody’s all-in-one entertainment centers, being the go to device to catch up on the latest news, as well as for playing or downloading the latest music and movies. By adding a TV tuner to your computer, you can make it a true one-stop entertainment center, giving it the capability to receive terrestrial TV signals as well as the ability to hitch it up to a cable TV connection. Given the utility and entertainment value of these devices, they’ve become quite popular with consumers, to the point that some desktops and even laptops bundle them in sometimes.

Problems With Windows XP

If you’re thinking of getting one for yourself, and are running Windows XP, you’ll need to know that many other users running Microsoft’s old and reliable operating system have been encountering problems getting their devices to work properly. This is mainly due to Windows XP’s age, with 10 years going by since its initial release. This doesn’t necessarily require you to upgrade you OS just yet. Here are a few things you can try to get your TV Tuner to work with Windows XP

Check For Updates

Part of the reason behind Windows XP’s success and longevity lies in the excellent support Microsoft has provided it with over the years. Three Service Packs and countless other smaller updates have been released for Windows XP, each one improving some facet of the operating system’s functionality or security features. These updates also broaden the range of the hardware that Windows XP can support, which is why you should check for the latest updates before going out and buying any new hardware for your PC. Updates can be downloaded for free from Microsoft’s Windows XP Update Page.

Make Sure Your Hardware is XP Approved

This is a simple step that few consumers think to take, and has consequently led to many a headache. Don’t let this happen to you. Just visit this webpage in order to find out which TV tuners and other devices are certified to be Windows XP compatible. The list is updated frequently, so it should account for even the latest devices out there.

Update Your Drivers

No matter how advanced your hardware is, it’s useless without the lines of software code that make up its drivers. Drivers allow your PC to interface with your devices, so it’s essential to ensure that you’ve got the right set of drivers for your device. While the drivers that are packaged with your device should work just fine, there are times that they could be incorrect or simply outdated by the time you installed them. In cases like these, you should visit the device manufacturer’s website, find their support page, and identify the appropriate driver for your PC. Drivers for a single device can vary depending on your OS, so you’ll have to be sure that you get the right one.

If you’d rather experience hassle free computing and not have to worry about getting the best and most up to date drivers, then simply download our Driver Scan Tool and allow it to do all the hard work for you.

Resolving MP3 Player Incompatibility Problems on Windows XP

June 10th, 2011 No comments

Since their introduction less than a decade a go, MP3 players have become among the most ubiquitous gadgets in the world. During this time, they’ve also been evolving into more and more complex devices, with the latest models sometimes rivaling the capabilities of a small netbook.

This complexity has come at a bit of a price in terms of compatibility. While simpler mp3 players of a few years back were compatible with almost all computers and operating systems, the newer ones are known to be experiencing problems working with older operating systems such as Windows XP.

Old and New Don’t Mix

At ten years old, Windows XP still holds a large share of the PC market, at an estimated 40% of all computer users who log on to the internet. While it might still be adequate for the purposes of surfing the net or using common applications and programs, it is most definitely falling behind when it comes to the area of hardware support. This is especially apparent when people try to install the very latest devices on their PCs. The good news is, an OS update isn’t absolutely necessary in order to get your mp3 player connected to your computer. Here are a few simple things you can do:

Get the Latest Version of Windows XP

All the Service Packs and other incremental updates ever released for Windows XP can be downloaded for free from Microsoft’s Support Page here. These updates contain not just upgraded functionality for your operating system, but also adds to its driver database, allowing it to natively support more types of devices and gadgets.

Make Sure Your MP3 Player is Compatible

No matter what you do, some models of MP3 player just won’t support Windows XP. This is why it’s a great idea to check out Microsoft’s full catalog of devices, peripherals, and other hardware that’s certified Windows XP compatible. The list can be accessed at this webpage. Be sure to check it right before purchasing any hardware, as newer devices may be added to the list.

Find the Right Drivers

As with all devices, MP3 players require specialized software in order to properly interact with your PC. This is why most MP3 players usually come with a CD that contains these drivers, along with other bundled software. Sometimes, though, the packaged drivers might be outdated or flawed, or, in rare cases, completely wrong.

In cases such as this, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands. First, visit the website of your MP3 player’s manufacturer, and locate their Support page, which should contain all the drivers for all the devices that they manufacture. Some drivers are specific to your operating system, so you’ll need to pay attention to make sure that you download the right one. After downloading, install the driver software and your MP3 player should now be recognized by your PC.

If sifting through web pages to find the right driver just isn’t for you, then you’ll be happy to know that you can simply download our Driver Scan Tool and let it do all the work for you. It will scan all of your hardware and make sure that your drivers are all correctly installed and up to date. Give it a try and enjoy bug-free computing today.

3DP Net Driver Update

May 27th, 2011 No comments

An Internet connection is important when installing or updating device drivers. You may not always have an installation CD, and replacements and updates are distributed by manufacturers through the web. So what do you do when the network adapter or Ethernet card itself doesn’t work because you don’t have the right driver for it?

Fortunately there are tools like 3DP Net for such cases. This is a program that can detect the exact model of network adapter in your system and install the latest or most suitable driver for the specific device. The notable feature of this software tool is that you can execute the update offline because it already contains drivers for most of the common network device models and brands from Adaptec to Zenith.

This latest version of 3DP Net is 11.05 released last May 27, 2011. It is compatible with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008. Besides including driver updates for more types of network adapters, this latest version now has Portuguese language support.

Click here to get this easier method of updating your system’s network drivers.

 

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