New computers – like new cars – often have a few kinks to work out on the path toward optimal performance.
While it can become a long and torturous process to resolving hardware issues, sometimes there are ingenious workarounds involving Skype.
Recently we’ve seen chatter about camera issues with some types of PC laptops popular in the business world.
A few of the things users are saying include:
“The LED light is on when I start the camera, but no images show up. I checked the driver, and it’s already the latest version. The camera was working at the beginning when I got my laptop, but I don’t know what happened to it.”
“Bought the laptop 1 month ago. Some days ago the system updated, without even asking me for confirmation and the built-in camera stopped.”
It can be a difficult road to fixing these camera issues from a hardware approach. You may have to send your laptop abroad and wait for repairs and there have also been reports of disagreement over responsibility between the computer manufacturers and the third-party camera manufacturers. But, in the meantime, crafty Skype users have found a work-around that solves this issue. It is a problem caused by a global setting which can be solved by changing a local setting in Skype for Windows 8.
Open Skype-> Tools-> Options-> Video setting-> Webcam settings, then *uncheck* Privacy.
That’s it. A nice, clean solution to get your camera up and running. Let us know how it works for you.