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As the title says, I want to know if my computer has a built-in webcam. The reason I ask is because I’ve no luck finding this out on my own, When I looked up my computer at my computer’s manufacturer’s website (which, in my case, would be http://www.hp.com ), it was of no help. It pretty much told me every piece of hardware my computer contained but what I was looking for: webcam. (It didn’t even tell me I had a built-in MIC! Which I know I have because I’ve been using it) I’ve tried looking under “Device Manager”, but I didn’t really see any hardware names that sounded like they could be a webcam (then again, the same applied to the mic, but that’s beside the point). I’ve tried the “Setting up your webcam using windows live messenger” trick suggested by HP.com, but I’ve no one to really try it with (I need a contact to try it with, and I lack a contact. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure I’d run into the same problem if I tried anything else such as AOL messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, etc.). I’ve tried seeing if YouCam, which came pre-installed in my computer (albeit for a trial period) would detect my webcam, but it said it couldn’t detect any external webcams and that if I had a built-in one, to make sure its on before it be detected by it. I”ve even tried asking the almighty Google.com for answers, but the results either didn’t help, or assuming I was using Vista, which I am not.

What made em think my computer had a webcam were two things:

1. In the quick start guide that came with the computer, I saw what looked like a webcam at the top of my display/monitor. I checked my computer and found that it could be there. (Although, there seems to be a cover over it, but what seems like the light that lets me know its on [assuming I’ve a webcam afterall] on its left is there and uncovered.) That was how I found out I had a built-in microphone.

2. YouCam came pre-installed on my computer. When I found this, I wondered “now why is this on here? Do I have a webcam?” ( Unless, this is garbageware that came with my computer and was really meant for someone with a webcam…)

So here I am, beseeching you guys for help. Please help me determine if I’ve a webcam or not.

For those wondering what computer I have, look here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01868469&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=4034514#N920

Here’s another copy of my specs I retrieved via the “dxdiag” command:

System Information
Time of this report: 1/15/2010, 21:40:38
Machine name: NYLEG-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP G61 Notebook PC
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) M100, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2812MB RAM
Page File: 1682MB used, 3940MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9712)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9712&SUBSYS_363F103C&REV_00
Display Memory: 1474 MB
Dedicated Memory: 324 MB
Shared Memory: 1150 MB
Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: SEC3451
Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (60.031Hz)
Output Type: Internal
Driver Name: atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.14.0010.0678 (English)
Driver Version: 8.632.0.0
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/2/2009 12:54:54, 4059648 bytes
WHQL Logo’d: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-D452-11CF-2A71-3516A1C2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x9712
SubSys ID: 0x363F103C
Revision ID: 0x0000
Driver Strong Name: oem2.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati
Although cheap, buying an external webcam is not an option as I’ve no money. The reason I’m hell-bent on finding this out is because I paid for this computer and would like to know about everything I paid for it. As I said, I didn’t even know I paid for mic because HP.com didn’t tell me that, which leads me to believe I may have a webcam as well.


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6 thoughts on “How do I tell if my computer has a built in webcam?

  1. when you open your laptop it will at the top of your computer near the middle
    also if you have one go to all programs>quick play

  2. You should be able to see a small aperture, on your monitor usually and if in doubt call HP, even if no service contract act like you want to buy the same one and see what you are told. Having become an iMac user, or as a friend stated when he asked what laptop i’d bought, said you’re not a pc user, you are a cult member. when i told him i got a deal on a used g4.
    But there are loads of downloadable apps that will let you use a webcam so try one and see what happens, and its less than $ 25,00 to get an o.k. webcam with microphone. But as Google knows the internal speaker works just fine as a mike.

  3. Hi Some guy
    I have read your list of items and come to the conclusion you have spent so much time on this you should be thinking.
    I have not found it yet how big is it. well if its anything like the size of the one on my sony its small.
    as it says on it motion sensor.
    its like PIR it can notice motion in front of it but if you see the images they are so small its not a lot of good.
    Anyway for the expenditure of 20 GBP or 20 dollars you would get a far better one that clips on top of the monitor be it is a laptop or a desktop monitor and the software also.

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