How to Install Webcam Drivers

When you buy a web camera, all the associated webcam drivers should be on the installation disk that came with your webcam. And whatever operating system you are using – Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP, or Windows Vista – your installation disk should contain the related drivers.

Your webcam most likely will have a USB connection cord. You must first install the webcam drivers, before plugging in your new webcam. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The setup screen should automatically appear. If your operating system did not pick up the auto run feature, you may load the setup yourself. You can follow these simple steps to get to your webcam drivers setup.

• Click Start.
• Click Run.
• Click Browse.
• Choose your CD-ROM drive from the drop down box.
• Highlight the SETUP.EXE or INSTALL.EXE.
• Click Open.

You should now have the setup screen showing. The steps are simple and the on screen prompts will walk you through loading your webcam drivers. Once all your webcam drivers have been loaded successfully, you will be prompted to restart your system. After you have rebooted and are back into Windows, you will be asked to plug in your webcam. All your webcam drivers should be loaded and your webcam working properly!

Missing Webcam Drivers Installation Disk?

If you have purchased a webcam without an installation disk (or lost the disk), you will need to find the necessary webcam drivers yourself. You can go to the manufacturer’s web site and usually find the webcam drivers. If the manufacturer does not have the webcam drivers you are looking for, search the net. You can search with the major search engines to locate the webcam driver’s specific to your operating system. You can also seek out forums or blog posts that may relate to your webcam (links to your webcam drivers may be found here).

Why You Need to Update Your Webcam Drivers

True, the required drivers are on the installation disk of your webcam when you bought it but guess what? These drivers may not be the latest drivers at all.

You see, that installation disk was compiled when the webcam was produced. Now, consider warehouse time, delivery time to stores, time on the shelf, and others, and many months – even years – may have passed. Since then, the webcam maker may have released several updated versions of the driver already.

In addition, if you install new software or change to a new operating system, the webcam drivers may need updates to suit these changes.

You can find updated webcam drivers on the manufacturer’s site. You can also find the webcam drivers online via forums and driver-related blogs. You can also use a third-party tool such as DriverScanner, which can scan your PC for webcam drivers and check if you need updated ones. You cab check your webcam on Test My Webcam

Gibraltar Bay

This webcam on The Rock provides a view of the Bay and Strait of Gibraltar and is rotated periodically. One of the main tourist attractions is going up to see the Barbary apes at the top.

Gibraltar Bay, located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, is the central feature of this astronaut photograph. The famous Rock of Gibraltar that forms the northeastern border of the bay is formed of Jurassic-era seafloor sediments that solidified into limestone, a rock formed mostly of the mineral calcite, which is found in the shells of sea creatures. The limestone was subsequently lifted above the ocean surface when the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided.

The cities of La Linea and Algeciras bordering the bay, together with petroleum-processing facilities along the northern shoreline, are part of Spain, whereas the city of Gibraltar itself (to the west of and including the Rock) is under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

New born visits via babycam

Relatives and friends can watch videos of newborn babies on their phone as part of a “babycam” trial in several Perth maternity hospitals.

St John of God Hospital in Murdoch is one of the first to offer the Look My Baby service to new parents, allowing friends and family around the world to make a “virtual visit” to see their bundle of joy.

The Australian-developed service uses a small webcam attached to the baby’s cot which can stream live video of the new baby over the internet to a mobile phone or computer. Parents subscribe to the service for the length of their hospital stay and a security access code allows them to choose who is given access to the virtual baby visit.

Friends and family can watch the video of the baby free apart from the usual cost of their internet access.

SJOG Murdoch director of nursing Robyn Sutherland said the new service not only helped connect families who lived long distances apart but could also be a useful way to avoid tired mothers having too many visitors.

“Our new babies receive many welcome visitors, but this service can give friends and family the option of enjoying a virtual visit instead, giving our new mums a little more time to relax before going home,” she said.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gloucester Massachusetts Webcam of The Day

Keep Up With The Greasy Pole Reconstruction on The Discover Gloucester Outer Harbor Webcam.

A place to see, feel and taste history, Gloucester’s working waterfront and ineffable beauty have drawn fishermen, families, artists and visitors for over four hundred years. Click HERE for a list of dozens of Gloucester area webcams.