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Windows 7: New Webcam Needed - Buying Advice?

26 Nov 2010   #1
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 
New Webcam Needed - Buying Advice?

I've just discovered that my trusty old Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra isn't compatible with Windows 7 (no new drivers have been produced) so I'm in the market for a new cam.

Can anyone advise me as to the best manufacturer of webcams, nice quality for video chat, while being under £30 (preferably under £20, if possible). I'm a diehard Fujitsu fan, all my set-up is Fujitsu, so I'd like to stay brand loyal as far as possible, but in this case I'm willing to go for the best quality I can get at the lowest price.

Any suggestions?


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26 Nov 2010   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

what creative cam have you got exactly?

vista drivers often work if installed in compatibility mode.
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26 Nov 2010   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This one?

Creative Worldwide Support > Live! Cam Notebook Ultra (VF0490)

and,

Quote:
File Name : LCNU_0490_PCDRV_LA_1_02_04.exe
This download contains an improved version of the driver found on the Creative Live!® Cam Notebook Ultra installation CD. It adds support for Microsoft® Windows® 7. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows Vista® 32-bit or 64-bit with Service Pack 1, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP with Service Pack 3
  • Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra
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27 Nov 2010   #4
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

It's a fairly old model, it doesn't correspond to the one in the image on the website you linked me to, Stormy13. I'll give it a bash with those drivers and see what results. Thanks for the link! Much appreciated Stormy13 and Mickey.
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27 Nov 2010   #5
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

No joy, I'm afraid. The model is a VF0070. I can't get the installer to respond after I plug in the camera to complete the installation, maybe because it isn't the same model of camera. I can download Vista drivers, so I'll try installing them in compatability mode like you suggested Mickey. Fingers crossed!

...

It worked! Spot on! Thank you!
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27 Nov 2010   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

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27 Nov 2010   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Not sure of the price to get this to you but I have had fantastic successes with all Logitech devices !
Logitech C510 960-000593 HD Webcam - HD 720p, 8 MP, USB, 1280 x 720 at TigerDirect
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27 Nov 2010   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeniqueCoelum View Post
It's a fairly old model, it doesn't correspond to the one in the image on the website you linked me to, Stormy13. I'll give it a bash with those drivers and see what results. Thanks for the link! Much appreciated Stormy13 and Mickey.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeniqueCoelum View Post
No joy, I'm afraid. The model is a VF0070.
Funny thing is all I used to search for the one I linked to was the name you posted,

Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra

and the name for yours with the model number VF0070 is,

WebCam Live! Ultra for Notebooks

close but not quite the same name.

Anyway good to here you found the Vista driver for it and it worked.
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