Honor 9 Lite review
I run XP SP3.
I've had all kinds of webcam problems over the past two days. First bought a Logitech USB webcam, which wouldn't install, despite three long calls to Logitech's support desk. They finally gave up, saying there's a driver conflict "somewhere".
So I exchanged it for a USB Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000 webcam, with built-in microphone.
The drivers wouldn't install automatically from the CD, but I finally managed to point the Hardware Wizard to them manually.
I now have fully functioning video, but the built-in microphone steadfastly refuses to work. A separate mic plugged into the jack socket on the back of the computer works fine - but zilch from the webcam mic.
My sound device is Realtek AC97 Audio (which I presume is a basic on-board device). I've considered checking for any updated drivers for it, but the Realtek site has this warning statement: click here.
As I'm not experienced at updating device drivers or codecs, I'm not sure what to do. And actually I don't know whether updating drivers would actually solve this problem.
Any ideas or advice would be gratefully received.
My confuser has the AC97 and I use a Logitech webcam with no problems. Do you use Skype - if so, what happens when you test the camera using the Skype link?
Try going to Control Panel\Sounds and Audio Devices\Voice tab and selecting your webcam mike as the default device in the drop downs.
If you are using Skype, then Skype4 beta was for me unstable. Update to Skype4-Full, should cure the problem. However, in Skype4-Full go to Tools/options/choose Audio Settings and you can click on your webcam details from there as well as setting levels etc.
oldbeefer2 - yes, I use Skype, but the webcam mic won't work on a Skype test, either.
PO79 - the webcam mic doesn't seem to be listed as a device in the Audio Devices/Voice list. All it shows it the following:
713xBDA Analog Audio Capture (I've no idea what that is)
Bluetooth AV/HS Audio
I've tried them all as the default device - no success.
aith2 - I have Skype 4 but it's the full release version, not the beta. And the webcam mic doesn't work in Skype or in the webcam's own software.
By the way, I have successfully installed the webcam on my wife's Vista computer, so I know the mic does work. Microsoft state that the webcam is suitable for XP SP2 or higher, and Vista.
If you check the Skype sound settings I provided the link for in your other thread, you will discover that Skype settings for the mike are completely the opposite to what is expected..:-)
Also check from the Volume icon's menu that Mike is made available in both Playback and Record panels' check boxes (from Options>Properties).
By the way, you did install the software for the webcam first before connecting it (USB device)?
Thanks for the ideas, Stuartli.
I checked the Volume Control>Options>Properties, and the microphone's check-box was ticked for Record, but not for Playback. So I checked the latter as well.
Unfortunately, that's made no difference. :o(
Yes, I installed the software before I connected the webcam.
In actual fact, if you look at the Skype sound settings, you will note that Mike is Muted in Volume Control (only).
I did say it was the opposite to what might be anticipated.
In Skype, go to Tools>Options>Audio Settings, make sure that your mic is the correct one shown opposite the word Microphone, use the drop-down arrow to choose.
Then try the Free Test Call again.
PS - yes, AC97 is your on-board Audio.
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