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Installing webcam drivers on Viliv S10 with Windows 7

by sexysnake / July 31, 2010 10:02 AM PDT

I just purchased the most low-end model of the Viliv S10 Blade which comes with Windows XP. I upgraded to win 7 and managed to install most drivers (although the wireless card was turned off by default which made me pull my hair out because it was not detected in device manager - eventually pressing the FN + F2 helped).

Now I am trying to figure out how to install my webcam drivers. They are not on Viliv's website. The webcam is not detected in the Device manager. I tried running PC Wizard to find out what kind of webcam it has, but it crashes the computer every time I run it.

I restored the factory defaults and the webcam started working again.

Now I have a few ideas to apply but not sure what my next coarse of action should be:

1. Find a program that can tell me which kind of webcam is installed on the machine.

2. Try extracting and backing up drivers from the default factory settings which might work on Win 7.

I like to know if there is any program which will detect/show the webcam type/ model etc.

Thanks in advance for all the help

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Just an idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 3:37 AM PDT

Try EVEREST LAST FREE VERSION on google then see if the webcam is listed then GOOGLE for that cam.

Web cams however are cheap things so you may have to pop for another one.

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by sexysnake / August 1, 2010 6:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Just an idea.

Okay here is an update. After restoring factory defaults, the camera does work and does show up in device manager but only when the Villiv Cam software is started. Windows makes a beeping sound as if a hardware is plugged in. I can post links to the screen shots I have taken.

The device manager describes it as "USB Video Device # 2". The driver details says it is a Microsoft driver version 5.1.2600.5512.

It disappears from the device manager as soon as I close the Villivcam software. The Skype does detect the camera but unfortunately by that time it is in use by the Villivcam application is not available for Skype. I wonder what Villiv were thinking when they implemented this. There is a webcam but it is unusable out of the box!

I don't mind spending a few bucks on a webcam but I payed a high price for the portability and don't want to carry an additional device to replace the one it is suppose to come with.

I tried emailing their tech support and the email bounced back because they apparently didn't have their DNS set up properly.

My next step is to put windows 7 back on there and check if the Villivcam software work on Windows 7, which might trigger Windows 7 to look for generic Video drivers online. Wish me good luck!

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Sounds loopy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 6:37 AM PDT
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I've seen such as apps enable this or that and this and that cease to work when the app is not running.

If it's that loopy I'd look for another camera. Too bad EVEREST didn't find it.

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Oh well...
by sexysnake / August 1, 2010 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds loopy.

To be honest I don't even use the webcam that often. But I like to make sure that everything is working the way it is suppose to be (I have an N900 which makes a great tethering device btw and I can do Video Skype calls on that - I really don't need a webcam that bad but as I said I wanna make it work).

As for the Villiv cam software, it failed to launch on Windows 7. Everest didn't detect and video devices either. Tomorrow I am going to call Villiv tech support - hopefully that works better that their email support.

Right now I feel that this machine was a very expensive compromise.

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The other os?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh well...

When faced with driver hunts I also use Linux to sniff out what things are. As there are many discussions about linux, webcams and usb I'll leave it at that.

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Problem Solved
by sexysnake / August 6, 2010 1:20 AM PDT
In reply to: The other os?

Okay so being a techie doesn't always help you find shortcuts. I avoided downloading anything from the "software" section thinking it is bloatware. But today I gave it a try since the "software" activated the webcam on the XP. I downloaded everything that I didn't before and voila! the program named Viliv Manager turns on Bluetooth, wifi, and the Webcam. Simplest solution ever. Only if Viliv had a description next to the downloads.

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There's a similar Dell title called QuickSet
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2010 1:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem Solved

Many avoid Quickset from Dell which turns on wifi, bluetooth and maybe other items.

I see where the days of a driver being all you needed are long gone.

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