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Webcam screen all black

By cdelory ยท 29 replies
Feb 12, 2012
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  1. GEOFF

    GEOFF TS Rookie

    Yes no avail. its a generic camera. I want the software because like I said I want it to be similar to my logitech quick cam messenger you can view yourself, snap a picture(I need that option because I occasionly sell things on places like craigslist) and so forth. also where I can adjust resolution because its very choppy and a bit pixelated. plus id like to have control over those brighter than the sun led lights(a switch softwarewise since I do not want to tinker yet its brand new lol)

    with the adapter, I tried searching on amazon for an adapter that would have a female usb port as well as a female 3.5mm audio jack to male usb only to no avail either. I should be able to find something thatd combine what the cameras got and put it all through the usb like my old logitech has.
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Look in Device Manager for the cam (probably listed under Image devices). Right click Properties->Driver. Is the Driver Provider Microsoft? If yes, then it's using the generic Windows driver.

    I have a hardware specific driver you can try but even if it works don't expect it to give the functionality of your Logitech.

    1. Create a System Restore point (is always wise)
    2. Download HERE and save to your Desktop.
    3. To install, read How to Install a Driver when there's no Installation .EXE file to run
  3. GEOFF

    GEOFF TS Rookie

    Thanks. yea the dial on the cam is actually for the LEDS thats what the seller told me.
    the chipset is an etrontech
    would the driver youre providing allow more functionality of this chip as compared to the generic 7 64 bit driver.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    All I can tell you is the driver I found you is a hardware specific driver. The driver is from Eton Tech and matches the hardware ID on your cam. H/w specific drivers most often at least provide better performance then generics (and sometimes more functionality). Can't tell you any more then that
  5. BradTheGeezer

    BradTheGeezer TS Rookie

    Follow-on to the EtronTech chipset webcam:

    These are showing up on Amazon under the Fosmon brand (Chinese, of course) for dirt cheap.
    Hardware ID fields read:

    That's what Win 7 says... now here's the part where you gonna eat your headset.... :) I want to run this thing on Win 2k(sp4), as it is an old box doing pretty much nothing except file server duties. 2k will SEE the cam as USB Cam 2.0, but I can't seem to find a generic driver set that 2k will install. I have the Etron hardware drivers you mentioned up-thread (thank you, by the way!), but the 2k installer will have nothing to do with those. Looking at the .inf file code, I don't see the issue right off hand, but there must be a hook missing somewhere.

    SOOooo, is there a workable generic webcam driver pack for good old 2k/SP4 floating around? Hate to landfill that Dell Opti, it's been a good workhorse and I could use a webcam for the basement workbench server room it lives in (along with 6 other laptops doing audio-stream server duties).

    Thanks in advance

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