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How Do I Turn On My Built In Webcam On My Dell Laptop?

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Liam Sheasby answered
How to turn on a Dell webcam is a question asked by many novices, however Dell laptops are a common brand of computer, so the process should be fairly simple.

Boot up (turn on) your laptop and log on to your user. Click the Windows button in the bottom left of the screen. Go to Control Panel, Devices, and then Cameras. Here you should see your in-built webcam listed. Double clicking on it should open it up and turn it on. If you right click on it a list of options for the cam will appear.

  • Does this work for just Dell?
No. This should be the same for other brands of laptop. Sometimes the Control Panel hides some listings, so make sure you click the option to reveal all. This hint will be on the screen for you.

  • What if I have a PC not a laptop?
The difference is that PCs are easier to replace internal components for and because of their larger size they can have greater capacity components. The operating systems are usually Microsoft Windows, but if not, they still follow an easy-to-use way of finding folders.

  • What if I still can't get my webcam to work?
Some programs, such as MSN and Skype, can automatically trigger the webcam into working. Both - especially Skype - are made for video calls, so the software detects the webcam and allows you to tweak it for your calls.

If this doesn't work, or you don't wish to use this software, then you could just buy an external webcam. There is a large variety. Some come with tripod legs for stability, whilst some clip to the monitor so they're at the right height. They can be cheap and simple, or expensive and operate in High Definition.
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Should be software on your PC that will activate it
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I only want to to know how to play a video to its full length in a computer site especially in the public cyber cafe.   BY micheal  
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Amanda Wells answered
You can find out a lot from this page. If you scroll down the page to the tabs at the bottom, you will find a Support section, and under this there are tabs including 'Getting Started'. This should help you to operate your device, and if not there is also a help section and a contact section.
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You put in the disk that says Driver and utilities and update it.
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There's only webcam console under the dell webcam folder. How do you actually turn on the webcam so that you can see yourself like in the mirror. Sigh

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