I recently installed Windows 7 on a "not-supported" sony vaio model VGN-CR29XN. As expected almost all drivers
where installed automatically - also the driver
for the internal webcam. But unfortunately the webcam is not working.
I did a lot of research and came across some threads pointing to drivers from ricoh who apparently are manufacturers of the sony inbuild motion eye webcams of those vaio models. I downloaded the drivers pointed out and tried to update them manually.
Unfortunately my system refuses to update to a driver that I want and keeps insisting that there is no better driver than the one previously installed from the system. If I uninstall the driver and search for new hardware it automatically installs the same driver immediately and tells me my hardware should be working fine now...
The driver installed from the system is: usbvideo.sys from microsoft dated 21.06.2006 version 6.1.7600.16385
The driver from ricoh I am trying to install is r5u870 video device driver for mc501cb version 6.1005.301.00 from December 2006
Regarding the ricoh homepage (and if my previous information about this model being the one build into the notebook is correct) this model is being discontinued.
I still believe that if I somehow can convince my system to use the ricoh driver instead of the microsoft one I might be able to get my cam to work - but I cannot work out how to override the automatic installation routine of windows 7.
Any help with this issue will be highly appreciated.
Greetings from Hamburg