I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium and Service Pack 2 installed. Although it's a few years old now it still works perfectly well for what I need.
Anyway, I recently replaced the internal webcam and cable after the wire broke as a result of it breaking due to the constant opening and closing of the lid.
Once fitted I tried to start the webcam to try it out. As I recall there used to be an icon for it when you clicked on the 'Computer' icon on the desktop. That isn't there now - just an icon for the 'C' drive and and another icon for the DVD drive.
I have checked in Device Manager and it said that the drivers were correct, and that the device was working correctly.
I then went into 'Control Panel/Scanners and Cameras', expecting to find it there and be able to create a shortcut which I could put on the desktop. There is nothing there.
I then went to www.testmycam.net and the camera turned on and was working perfectly. I also used Skype tools to check the camera and that was working fine too. In fact I've just made a successful video call from the UK to a relative in the US and it worked perfectly!!!
I went back into 'Control Panel/Scanners and Cameras' to try to add a device now I knew it was working. However the webcam does not show up there as an option to install.
I also have an external USB Logitech webcam. I have plugged that in and am having exactly the same issue - it shows up in Device Manager as having the correct driver and working correctly but does not appear in 'Control Panel/Scanners and Cameras' or in 'Computer' on the desktop. It also works when checked on www.testmycam.net and Skype.
I know I am doing something really stupid and it is probably a 10 second fix, but after playing around with this for about 6 hours now I'm tearing my hair out!
Could somebody please tell me how to open either of my webcams!
Thanks in advance,
Edited by Cheffy21, 20 August 2014 - 11:50 AM.