Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by t-4-2, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. t-4-2

    t-4-2 Guest

    Vista Home Premium, SP2, WLM 14.0.0726

    Not sure which newsgroup to post this :
    I intend to install a webcam on my laptop in order to keep in touch with my
    sister far away.
    What do I need to know ? Do I have to activate another program i.e.
    messenger ?
    When I installed my WLM, I did not install Messenger and other related
    I need to know enough to tell my sister who knows even less.
    Thank you.

    t-4-2, Oct 3, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    You can always use Skype. It's a freebie. I've used it to connect to my
    brother in NC, my step-kids in NH and MA, and my nephew in TX. Works pretty

    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Oct 3, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you.

    t-4-2, Oct 3, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    You're welcome.

    SC Tom, Oct 3, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    It really doesn't matter what the camera is. 3 of the 5 (including myself) I
    mentioned all have different brands, and the 2 that have the same brand have
    different models. 4 of us are running Vista, 1 XP.

    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Ok, here is what I need to know FOR SURE.
    I know all webcams come with a program to install. What I need to know issister. All we need is to be able to talk and see each other via the webcam.
    Do I need program such as Skype ? Thank you.

    t-4-2, Oct 4, 2009
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    lemur Guest

    I use mine with Skype for university conferences. Works great.


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    SC Tom Guest

    My Gateway came with software to activate the cam, but it required separate
    software to connect to others. That's why I needed something like Skype.
    Your camera software may differ. Check your manual or the manufacturer's web
    site and see what they recommend.

    SC Tom

    SC Tom, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    I see. I should know more once I bought my webcam.
    Thank you.

    t-4-2, Oct 4, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    If you know what you're going to get, you can check their site at any time.
    That way you'll have somewhat of a leg up before it arrives.

    SC Tom

    SC Tom, Oct 4, 2009

  11. Install and use Microsoft Windows Live Messenger with your webcam. Have your
    sister install the same program.

    You don't have to install any software that came with the webcam for video
    Richard Urban, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest


    t-4-2, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Oh ?
    Please elaborate.
    My sister does not have WLM, only WM. But her laptop comes with built-in
    webcam. So, what should I do and what does she have to do ? She is using
    Vista Home premium, WM.
    t-4-2, Oct 4, 2009
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    Ed. Guest

    You both can download and install AIM also to use with the web cam and it's
    Ed., Oct 4, 2009

  15. In the main messenger window - where you sign in:

    To the right of the search window you will find an icon that allows you to
    activate the menu bar. In the menu bar go to tools | audio and video setup.
    Start the process. Have your sister do the same, after she downloads the
    latest version of Windows Live Messenger.

    When you are both online, double click on her name. The message window will
    appear. Now click on the video button at the top to initiate the video call.

    Simple really!
    Richard Urban, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Thank you very much.
    I'll do as instructed as soon as I have my webcam.
    t-4-2, Oct 4, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    2 more questions, if you please.
    1.) I have not asked my sister, since she has a built-in webcam, it is
    highly possible that she has been using it. What if she is not using Windows
    Live Messenger ?
    2.) She does not have WLM and does not care to. Can she just install the
    She is using Vista Home Premium, Windows Mail. Her e-mail provider is Yahoo.

    t-4-2, Oct 5, 2009

  18. For optimal performance both persons should be using the same program and
    version - whatever program it may be.

    The new Windows live Messenger has newer functions that the older version
    does not. It is not intrusive at all. I would highly recommend that she
    install it. The old one will still be on her computer should she wish to use
    Richard Urban, Oct 5, 2009
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Just came back with a HP Deluxe Webcam version 2.0, with 8 MP still picture
    Plugged it in. System says " Your device is ready to use. "
    I have not used the disc. provided by HP. Perhaps instructions needed to be
    read, i.e. owner's manual.
    Clicked Live Messenger's menu > Tools > Audio and Video set up. Tested the
    settings > Finish.
    Added my sister's address as contact.
    Sent her an invitation, telling my webcam is installed.
    What's next, or that's it ? Thank you.

    t-4-2, Oct 5, 2009

  20. If your sister has Windows Live Messenger she has to do the same as you did.

    Then you double click on her name - after she is online, You then click on
    the video button at the top of your messenger chat window. You will hear a
    ringing sound. She will get an invitation. At this point she has to choose
    either accept or reject.

    If she accepts the call, you will both be able to see and hear each other.
    Remember that much is dependent upon web speed and the call is susceptible
    to the variances of the internet speed at the time.

    I connect with a relative that uses a laptop. He can not do a video call
    with me from his favorite easy chair but it works fine if he moves to the
    dining room table. It's his wireless signal strength.
    Richard Urban, Oct 5, 2009
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