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Community Article Webcam not Working — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Webcam not Working Womanofword4 ✭ April 2020 in General Discussion I have the Inspiron 7000 Model and have not been able to get my Webcam to work.  I just get a black screen.  The audio sound works. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin April 2020 edited April 2020 Hello @Womanofword4! Welcome to the community.  When you attempt to use the webcam, does it actually display an error message saying it can't find the camera or something along those lines? If it's not, it's possible that there's just some kind of flap/screen covering the camera. Some laptops will include a privacy cover you can move out of the way for a webcam, though I'm not sure if Dell does this or not.  Check the function keys on the top row of your keyboard and see if any of them have a camera icon. If so, press that function key and see if the camera will turn on. If it doesn't, try pressing FN + that function key and see if that works. Normally there's a light next to the webcam that will come on when the camera is active. If that doesn't do it, right-click your start button and go to Device Manager. Check for a "Camera" category and if you see one, expand it and uninstall the webcam. If you don't see a Camera category, check for "Imaging Devices" and "Human Interface Devices" and see if either of those have a webcam listed, and uninstall it if so. After that restart the computer.  If there is no webcam listed in Device Manager, we'd want to check Dell's website to see if they have webcam drivers available, but without knowing exactly which Inspiron 7000 model you have I can't provide the link. You could go to Dell's website yourself and it can auto-detect your model: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04?app=drivers 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Workingmom ✭ April 2020 My son's laptop has a similar problem.  The screen got cracked slightly. Then the camera on web calls would start to jump.  Now, it's just a solid black screen. No message. No image. No jump or fuzzy pattern. Nothing.  How can I get it repaired at our local store? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin April 2020 edited April 2020 Hello @Workingmom, welcome to the Micro Center Community! Just to double check, the screen on your sons laptop is cracked, the webcam was acting a bit weird after and then the webcam stopped working completely?  I recommend trying the steps TSTonyV recommended above first.  Since there is hardware damage on the laptop however, it is possible the webcam is broken and if the steps TSTonyV did not help you, you can bring the laptop to our service desk and our Service Desk can begin working on the laptop.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 98 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 247 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Purchasing webcam — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Purchasing webcam Ruth ✭ April 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I want to buy a reasonable webcam in next few days.  I've found that they're all sold out.  Called store & won't hold for next caller.  How do I make this purchase happen soon? Ruth 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSAustinM admin April 2020 Hello @Ruth, thank you for joining the MicroCenter Community! Most of the stores are sold out of webcams since these were/still in high demand for working from home, as well as schooling from home, and Telehealth. Now we do have a 2nd option for a webcam. Wyzelabs has created a firmware to make one of their security cameras work as a webcam-https://www.microcenter.com/product/505735/wyze-labs-wyzecam-v2-webcam-ready which we do sell in the stores and comes with an SD card with the firmware and a USB cable to plug from the camera to the computer. These do have a built-in microphone so it will function the same as webcam. We also have a link explaining how to set it up- https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2431/how-to-use-a-wyze-cam-v2-as-a-webcam 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 98 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 247 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article choosing a webcam — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion choosing a webcam CPTASYlum ✭ May 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Hello, I'm currently looking for a 1080p 60FPS webcam. I am getting into streaming with twitch an making youtube content. what webcam do you guys suggest? why? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TS_EmileC admin May 2021 Hello @CPTASYlum and welcome to our community! What is your budget for a webcam? I have a couple recommendations but would like to know more of what you are wanting to accomplish first. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article built in webcam not working — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion built in webcam not working yhorwath89 ✭ April 2020 in General Discussion My toshiba satellite a505-s6025 built in webcam stopped working recently and I've been trying to do everything I could think of to try and make it work again I've already looked in the device manager and under hidden items and it's like the webcam doesn't exist on the computer at all the drivers and everything completely gone going to the toshiba website didn't help nor did trying to contact microsoft I've tried resetting and or restoring the computer that didn't help either any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin April 2020 Hello @yhorwath89! Welcome to the community.  Does your keyboard have a shortcut to toggle the webcam Many laptops use a function key (like F6, though it may be different on your system) on the top row that will let you turn the webcam on and off. Double check that and if you have a key for it, press it and see if it turns on. Try it while pressing the FN key at the same time too.  If there is not toggle key for it, usually the drivers disappearing like that means the computer is no longer detecting the hardware. If by "reset" you mean factory resetting the system, that pretty much confirms it's a hardware issue unfortunately.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yhorwath89 ✭ April 2020 The keyboard does not have a toggle button of that kind and yes I mean factory reset didn't work nor did trying to restore to a earlier point when it did work this is just very frustrating  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 It's possible it's a weird compatibility issue with a recent Windows update, but since you did a factory reset I'm going to say it's probably just a hardware issue with the webcam unfortunately. Without being able to find drivers from Toshiba we can't be 100% sure but Windows is usually pretty good about automatically loading the drivers it needs.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yhorwath89 ✭ April 2020 yeah i was really disappointed neither toshiba or microsoft could help  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a Webcam — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › Hobby Boards & Projects How to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a Webcam Minoso admin May 2020 edited June 2020 in Hobby Boards & Projects We all know how hard it can be sourcing a webcam right now, and while there are some alternatives like the Wyze Cam V2 we did a guide on, here’s another fun one, especially for those of you who are DIY inclined! In this guide we will work through converting a Raspberry Pi Zero into a webcam that you can plug in as if it were made to come that way. There are two different methods: a simple one using a pre-made kit Micro Center created, and a do-it-yourself guide for those of you who want see exactly how it all works The method using the pre-made image is the simpler of the two, because we have already created a custom Raspbian OS image with all the coding and setup done already for this purpose. Pretty much all you have to do is download it, write it to a microSD card, then put it all together and plug it in. Click here to be taken to the guide using our pre-made image The DIY guide is much more in depth, and will cover everything needed to do this from scratch. All the steps used in the DIY guide are what we used to make the custom image ourselves, so if you want to do all the coding and see how it works, you can take it step by step.  Click here to be taken to the DIY guide 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 How to set up the Raspberry Pi Zero W Webcam using our premade Image If you're new to Raspberry Pi doing something like this may seem a little daunting at first. As such, Micro Center decided to create a custom Raspbian image with everything already configured for you. You just need to assemble it, install the software, and you'll be good to go! Hardware you will need: Any Pi Zero model Pi camera Raspberry Pi Zero Case USB Type-A to Micro USB Type-B cable Windows PC SD card adapter (If your computer does not have one) microSD card Software you will need: Raspberry Pi Imager (Download and install) Custom Raspbian image (Save for later) Bonjour Services (Download and install) IP Camera Adapter (Download and install. Ignore any errors saying a module failed to install, just press ignore and finish the installation.) Preparing our custom image for the Pi: Note: Micro Center did have some pre-made kits available for purchase in store, with all the hardware included, along with a microSD card that already has the Raspbian image on it. If you purchased that kit, skip down to Assembling the Pi.  Insert the microSD card into your computer. You may need a USB microSD card reader if your system doesn’t have an SD card slot built-in Open Raspberry Pi Imager and select Choose OS Scroll to the bottom and choose Use custom. Navigate to where you downloaded our custom Raspbian image, select picam.zip and click open. Select your microSD card (MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE RIGHT ONE – Selecting the wrong one could result in data loss) Select Write, this will flash the microSD card and verify it. Once this process is done, you'll get a prompt letting you know it can be removed from the computer. Remove your SD card and insert it into your Pi. Assembling the Pi First we need to assemble everything. Our Pi case comes with a few swappable top pieces, but we are going to be using the top with a hole in the middle. 1. Take your Pi camera and detach the cable that comes with it. To do this, you must push up both sides as shown below. 2. Lightly pull the cable out. Now we need to insert the cable that came with our case. 3. Insert the larger side of the cable into the camera interface with the pins facing the same side as the camera. 4. Push the piece back down so that it locks the cable in place. 5. Now unlock the Pi’s camera interface and insert the smaller end of the cable. The pins should be facing the back side of the Pi. 6. Once we have the cable pushed in, lock it down as we did with the camera interface. Put in the microSD card, then we can insert our Pi into our case. (It may be a tight fit, that is normal). Insert it so the ports on the PI match up with the holes in the case. The Pi should lock in place and fit snug in our case by pushing it down, there are a few pegs that line up with the holes on each corner of the Pi. The cable may need to be bent to fit in, but don’t worry about that, the cables are made to handle this. Now grab the top we mentioned earlier and fit the camera into it. It will only fit one way, so once we have that seated, we can pull the top onto the pi to finish assembling the case. The final product should look like this before closing the lid.    7. We need to download IP Camera Adapter 3.1. Go to https://ip-webcam.appspot.com/ and click download, then run the .msi file it downloads. If it pops an error saying a module failed to install just press ignore and finish the installation. Now we just need to open it up and point it to our Pi. Type camera adapter into your taskbar and open Configure IP Camera Adapter 8. In the Camera feed URL, type or copy/paste raspberrypi.local:8080/?action=stream and click Apply and OK.  If this works, it’s time to test this out for real! Open up your app of choice.  If using Skype, make sure you download the standalone desktop client from https://www.skype.com/en/ (Microsoft Camera and other default Windows 10 apps cannot see our MJPEG camera device, so the built-in version of Skype in Windows 10 will not work). Make sure your camera is set to MJPEG Camera to show you the proper feed. Once set, you’ll see the Pi Camera and that’s it. Enjoy your webcam! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 edited June 2020 DIY Pi Zero Webcam Setup For those of you who want to learn how to do the setup yourself, this is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through all the steps to turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a webcam. This is the same process we used to create the microSD cards in the pre-made bundle. We'll go over all the software and tools used, as well as how to configure the Raspbian OS properly to make it all work.  Hardware you will need: Any Pi Zero model Pi camera Raspberry Pi Zero Case USB Type-A to Micro USB Type-B cable Windows PC SD card adapter (If your computer does not have one) microSD card Software you will need: From your PC (we are using a PowerSpec running Windows 10 Pro for ours) navigate to https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian_lite_latest  and download Raspian Lite.  This will download a zip file containing the operating system for the Raspberry Pi Zero. We will be using Etcher to burn our Raspbian image to our microSD card. Etcher will work on Windows, Linux, and macOS and can be downloaded from here https://www.balena.io/etcher A video chat program that supports changing the camera (Skype, Zoom, Discord, etc).  You may also need  to download Bonjour services. If your system doesn’t have these installed you won’t be able to connect to the Pi Zero. Bonjour services can be downloaded here: https://download.info.apple.com/Mac_OS_X/061-8098.20100603.gthyu/BonjourPSSetup.exe Preparing the microSD card for the Pi: 1. Insert the microSD card into your computer. You may need a USB microSD card reader if your system doesn’t have an SD card slot built-in 2. Open Etcher and press Select image 3. Navigate to where you downloaded the Raspbian Lite image, select the .zip file and click open 4. Select your microSD card (MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE RIGHT ONE – Selecting the wrong one could result in data loss) 5. Click Flash! Then click OK on the User Account Control prompt. This may take a few minutes to complete depending on your hardware, maybe go grab a coffee while you wait.    6. Eject the microSD card/drive and re-insert it. 7. A new drive should appear called Boot.  If it does not automatically open, navigate to File Explorer or My Computer and open the drive (it should be listed on the left). We need to modify two specific files: cmdline.txt and config.txt Note:  If you are prompted to format the drive click cancel.  You may also be prompted telling you the drive is not accessible, if so hit OK.  8. Right-click and open config.txt with Wordpad and add this to the bottom: dtoverlay=dwc2. Make sure you save before you close it. Or… You can copy the snippet of code below and paste it in replacing what is in your file. # For more options and information see # http://rpf.io/configtxt # Some settings may impact device functionality. See link above for details # uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default "safe" mode #hdmi_safe=1 # uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible # and your display can output without overscan #disable_overscan=1 # uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console # goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border #overscan_left=16 #overscan_right=16 #overscan_top=16 #overscan_bottom=16 # uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display's size minus # overscan. #framebuffer_width=1280 #framebuffer_height=720 # uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output #hdmi_force_hotplug=1 # uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (this will force VGA) #hdmi_group=1 #hdmi_mode=1 # uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in # DMT (computer monitor) modes #hdmi_drive=2 # uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or # no display #config_hdmi_boost=4 # uncomment for composite PAL #sdtv_mode=2 #uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default. #arm_freq=800 # Uncomment some or all of these to enable the optional hardware interfaces #dtparam=i2c_arm=on #dtparam=i2s=on #dtparam=spi=on # Uncomment this to enable infrared communication. #dtoverlay=gpio-ir,gpio_pin=17 #dtoverlay=gpio-ir-tx,gpio_pin=18 # Additional overlays and parameters are documented /boot/overlays/README # Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835) dtparam=audio=on [pi4] # Enable DRM VC4 V3D driver on top of the dispmanx display stack dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d  max_framebuffers=2 console=serial0,115200 console=tty1 root=PARTUUID=738a4d67-02 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait modules-load=dwc2,g_ether [all] #dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d dtoverlay=dwc2 9.   Next open up cmdline.txt and add this between rootwait and quiet: modules-load=dwc2,g_ether. Save and exit.  Note: If you do not see "quiet" you likely have booted this SD card in the pi.  Just add the code to the end like we did previously 10.   Make sure your folder view in File Explorer allows you to see file extensions. Go to View at the top and check “file name extensions.”   11.   Next, we need to create a new file called SSH With the Boot drive opened, right click anywhere within it, select new and select text document Name the new .txt file SSH, then make sure you delete the .txt extension after it. You’ll get a prompt saying if you change the file name extension, it may be unusable. That’s fine, click Yes to confirm the change. The file should just show as SSH now, this will allow us to connect via SSH once our Pi fully boots. (more on that later)   12.   Eject your microSD card and insert it into your Pi.  Setting up the Camera Now we need to assemble everything. Our Pi case comes with a few swappable top pieces, but we are going to be using the top with a hole in the middle. 13.  Take your Pi camera and detach the cable that comes with it. To do this, you must push up both sides as shown below. 14.   Lightly pull the cable out. Now we need to insert the cable that came with our case. 15.   Insert the larger side of the cable into the camera interface with the pins facing the same side as the camera. 16.   Push the piece back down so that it locks the cable in place. 17.   Now unlock the Pi’s camera interface and insert the smaller end of the cable. The pins should be facing the back side of the Pi. 18.   Once we have the cable pushed in, lock it down as we did with the camera interface.  Now we can insert our Pi into our case. (It may be a tight fit, that is normal). Insert it so the connectors match the ports on the case. The Pi should lock in place and fit snug in our case by pushing it down, there are a few pegs that line up with the holes on each corner of the Pi. The cable may need to be bent to fit in, but don’t worry about that, the cables are made to handle this. Now grab the top we mentioned earlier and fit the camera into it. It will only fit one way, so once we have that seated, we can pull the top onto the pi to finish assembling the case. The final product should look like this before closing the lid.    19.   Now it’s time to boot up our Pi for the first time. We need to plug our USB to microUSB cable into the computer and into our Pi. Since our Pi has two micro USB ports, we will be using the port closest to the middle so we can SSH into it from our computer. SSH is how we interface with the Pi over a data connection, think of it like a gateway to our terminal. Since Windows doesn’t have an SSH client, we will need to download one. The most common SSH client is known as Putty, and it can be downloaded here: https://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/w64/putty.exe  Make sure you save it somewhere you can easily access it, as this is not an installer, it’s a standalone .exe file so you can run it from anywhere. Once its downloaded, run it and you will see a screen like this:                                                                20. Yours will be empty if this is your first time opening it. First, we need to create a new connection. To do this, type a name for your pi into the saved sessions box, then type raspberrypi.local into the hostname box and click save. If done correctly you will see your new saved session below the saved sessions box.  21. Double click on the name you gave it and you should now be presented with a warning of a potential security breach.  This is normal to see if this is your first time connecting to your Pi. Once you click yes, it will not pop up again. Now it’s time to sign into your Pi. Raspbian’s default user is pi and default password is raspberry. While typing your password, it won’t show you anything on the screen. This is done for security reasons, so enter raspberry and press enter and you’ll be logged into your Pi. Now we need a network to continue. 22. With your Pi still powered on and connected to our computer, search in the taskbar for network status and open Network Status. You can also click your Start Button, go to Settings, then open Network and Internet and you’ll be in the status menu. Click Change adapter options and a new window will open up and show you all of your network adapters. One of them will have “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget” under the name. Remember which connection show that because that is the connection to our Pi. My pi’s connection name is Ethernet 4 and my primary internet connection is named Ethernet 1. 23. Right click on your primary internet adapter and click properties. At the top you will see sharing. Click this and check the top box to allow other network users to connect through it and select your Pi’s connection. Click ok to close the window. Now unplug the pi and plug it back in. This will reboot your Pi and share your connection. This will also terminate our SSH session. For now, we will close Putty. Note: If you are familiar with Linux, you can bring the interface down and back up, but for the sake of simplicity, we will just unplug and plug it back in. 24. It may take up to 90 seconds for our Pi to fully reload. Open Putty again and double click our sessions name to log back in. Same details as last time, pi for username and raspberry for password.  Now we can move onto installing the required software. Type the following command and hit enter: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cmake git libjpeg8-dev -y 25. After our above command finishes, we need to type and run sudo raspi-config and navigate to interfacing options. Select Camera and enable it. Navigate to finish and press enter to save everything. It will ask to reboot, select yes and let it reboot, then restart Putty.  26. Now we need to get mjpg-streamer. We will be using this to stream our webcam via our network on the Pi. Run the following command: git clone https://github.com/jacksonliam/mjpg-streamer 27. Once that finishes, run this command: cd mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer-experimental && make && sudo make install  28. Once that command finishes, we need to run a test to ensure it works. While in the ~/mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer/experimental directory, run this command: mjpg_streamer -i input_uvc.so -o output_http.so 29. If you see a red light on your camera, you’re live! It’s time to set it up so our camera starts automatically when we plug in the Pi. We need to first close out of our running stream. To do this, hold down ctrl and press C. Wait a few minutes and you should see our [email protected]:~ $ line again. If not, hold ctrl and press Z to get back to that line. 30. Now we need to make a script to run at startup. Type and run nano ~/cam.sh, then paste in the following. #!/bin/bash cd /home/pi/mjpg-streamer/mjpg-streamer-experimental mjpg_streamer -i input_uvc.so -o output_http.so Make sure the lines match up exactly as they are listed here. Now hold ctrl and press X. It will ask if you wish to save, press y for yes and enter to save and close. 31. Run the command chmod +x ~/cam.sh , then run the command crontab -e 32. It will ask which editor you prefer, press 1 for nano and enter to confirm. Now you will see our Pi user’s crontab. At the top, press enter to make a new line, and add PATH=~/bin:/usr/bin/:/bin:/usr/local/bin/, then go to the bottom of the file and enter @reboot /home/pi/cam.sh, like so:  PATH=~/bin:/usr/bin/:/bin:/usr/local/bin/ # Edit this file to introduce tasks to be run by cron. # # Each task to run has to be defined through a single line # indicating with different fields when the task will be run # and what command to run for the task # # To define the time you can provide concrete values for # minute (m), hour (h), day of month (dom), month (mon), # and day of week (dow) or use '*' in these fields (for 'any'). # # Notice that tasks will be started based on the cron's system # daemon's notion of time and timezones. # # Output of the crontab jobs (including errors) is sent through # email to the user the crontab file belongs to (unless redirected). # # For example, you can run a backup of all your user accounts # at 5 a.m every week with: # 0 5 * * 1 tar -zcf /var/backups/home.tgz /home/ # # For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8) # # m h  dom mon dow   command @reboot /home/pi/cam.sh 33. Just like our cam file, hold ctrl and press X, then hit y and enter to save and exit. Now we just need to reboot the pi to confirm it works. Run sudo reboot and wait for it to reboot. In about 30 seconds, your camera should light up red again. This means our script works and now we can work on getting our camera streaming to our PC. 34. We need to download IP Camera Adapter 3.1. Go to https://ip-webcam.appspot.com/ and click download, then run the .msi file it downloads. If it pops an error saying a module failed to install just press ignore and finish the installation. Now we just need to open it up and point it to our Pi. Type Camera into your taskbar and open Configure IP Camera Adapter 35. Now in the Camera feed URL, enter raspberrypi.local:8080/?action=stream and click Apply and OK.  If this works, it’s time to test this out for real! Open up your app of choice.  If using Skype, make sure you download the standalone desktop client from https://www.skype.com/en/ (Microsoft Camera and other default Windows 10 apps cannot see our MJPEG camera device, so the built-in version of Skype in Windows 10 will not work). Make sure your camera is set to MJPEG Camera to show you the proper feed. Once set, you’ll see the Pi Camera and that’s it. Enjoy your webcam!   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TS_JosephF admin July 2020 We also have another Raspberry Pi article on our forum. Be sure to check it out! 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I was able to update and/or reinstall the drivers, and it has been working, but not great.  The color is shaded kind of pink, and the digital quality is not very clear. I have tried to make sure and update drivers, but they are up to date. Any other ideas or suggestions? I don't think it can be replaced. So another option is an attachment /accessory camera / microphone. (additionally, if there is a microphone on this machine, it has never worked).  Thank you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers TSTonyV admin May 2020 Hello @GAnderson! Welcome to the Community.  This is most likely just an issue with the webcam itself unfortunately. If it's capture video normally otherwise, that means the drivers are interacting properly, and the coloration/clarity would be something physical with the webcam. Some webcams included with laptops just aren't that great quality wise, unfortunately.  There should be an included microphone along with the camera, if that's not working you'll want to reinstall the audio drivers for your laptop.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 98 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 247 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Have questions about a product?. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments baldy ✭ April 2020 am i in now 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook baldy ✭ April 2020 i have an old power spec and want to use zoom.  i have a hp monitor and speakers. i think i need a mike and camera. do you have them? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2020 edited April 2020 Hello, we can look into this for you - which Micro Center store would you be looking to get these items from?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Adjust the level of your sound input.  We found +2dB to be the sweet spot for our office, but your mileage may vary. Try moving the camera to a more favorable position.  Be mindful of where the mic is located and point it toward yourself. Try listening to yourself by checking the listen to device option in sound settings.  If you sound ok to you, but not to others it could be a problem with your network, their network, or the software being used.  What can I do to improve the quality of the video? Try switching from WiFi to wired Ethernet.  Try pulling up a camera app on your device.  OBS would work and see if you look good on your system.  If the problem is not present on your device there may be an issue with what you're streaming, your viewers are downloading, or the software handling the video. Adjust the lighting in your area and move the camera to get the best results. What can I do if the camera is not connecting to the PC? Try connecting your camera to the included power adapter alongside the USB A cable.  Power cycle the camera/computer. Try reflashing the firmware and try again.   If you were using the camera as an IP cam before see if that is still working.  If it is then the firmware was not flashed properly.   Try another USB A cable. Try another device. I can’t seem to get the firmware to flash.  What can I do? Try formatting and reloading the firmware on the microSD card. Try another microSD card. Try another computer to load the firmware on the microSD card. What will my camera be called? It will be called HD USB Camera. More information can be found at: https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041605111 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Micro Center's Technical Support team have tested this and are providing the following instructions to show you how to flash the firmware on your Wyze Cam and adjust your computer's settings, so you can make conference calls and video chat using Zoom, Skype, etc. Things to Know: Wyze Cams are not designed for this type of use normally. This is a special circumstance and Wyze has created this solution to aid people who have not been able to get a normal webcam. Once you flash the firmware, you will not be able to connect it to the Wyze app anymore, which means you can’t use it as it was originally designed. You can reflash the firmware later however to return it to normal use. This is a new, quick solution and it is not something Wyze plans to support long-term and create fixes for. There is no guarantee of compatibility and you may experience bugs/issues. If you are experiencing issues, you will have to use this as-is and deal with those as best you can. What You Need: Wyze Labs Wyze Cam V2 A MicroSD card with the webcam firmware file on it A standard USB Type A male to male cable to use the camera with your computer. Note: If you already have a Wyze Cam V2 you will need to download the new Wyze firmware onto a 16GB MicroSDHC card and follow their instructions: https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041605111 How to Flash the Wyze Cam V2 Firmware: Power off your Wyze Cam and insert the MicroSD card Hold the setup button, then while holding the setup button, plug in the power cable, and keep holding the setup button for 3-6 seconds until the light turns solid blue, then release the button. If your finger slips off the setup button, you will have to re-do this process Wait for 3-4 minutes. The camera will reboot and the status light will change. Once this process is done, the status light will be flashing blue on/off. This means the firmware has successfully flashed. Checking Windows Settings For Windows users, open Device Manager and check under Camera at the top. You can get to Device Manager by pressing the Windows Key + R and typing devmgmt.msc in the box labeled Open and clicking ok. If you see HD USB Camera you should be all set. Checking Mac OS Settings For Mac users, click your Apple Menu on the top left, click About this Mac, then click System Report. Click Camera on the left and you should see HD USB Camera listed. Using the Wyze Cam V2 as a Webcam With the webcam connected via the USB A cable navigate in the software (Zoom, Skype, etc) and change the camera source/device to HD USB Camera. Change the microphone input to HD USB Camera if you don’t have a separate mic. Note: Microphone audio may be low when using the Wyze Cam’s built in mic. You may need to adjust the input volume/level/sensitivity in your software to compensate for this. Below is an example screenshot showing the Zoom application settings: Let us know below if this works for you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments ShirleyDulcey ✭ April 2020 I found it difficult to plug the USB power cable into the recessed jack on the V2 cam while also holding down the reset button; the quarters are just too cramped. It's much easier to connect the power at the other end (either plug the USB-A cable from the power adapter or plug in the adapter itself) while holding the button. With that out of the way, the camera works perfectly in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts on my Windows 10 system. I didn't try any other applications, but I expect it will work equally well with them. The lens is wide angle, so you're going to want to get up close and personal with it. Use a headset if you plan to talk in your conferences; the built-in microphone is not up to the task. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin April 2020 ShirleyDulcey said: I found it difficult to plug the USB power cable into the recessed jack on the V2 cam while also holding down the reset button; the quarters are just too cramped. It's much easier to connect the power at the other end (either plug the USB-A cable from the power adapter or plug in the adapter itself) while holding the button. With that out of the way, the camera works perfectly in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts on my Windows 10 system. I didn't try any other applications, but I expect it will work equally well with them. The lens is wide angle, so you're going to want to get up close and personal with it. Use a headset if you plan to talk in your conferences; the built-in microphone is not up to the task. This is actually a great tip! It's definitely difficult to plug in the USB cable to the camera while holding the power button down, I ran into that same issue when testing this myself. Would've been a lot easier if I had been plugging it into the wall instead.  We did some testing with the cameras as well and found that if you turn up the gain settings in Windows a bit and leave the adjustable stand on the bottom open, it can help, though I would still recommend a headset if possible because this isn't guaranteed to work.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook The_REAL_Thief ✭ May 2020 Awesome! Just did this and it works like a charm! Picture quality is pretty good too...Now, how do i get it to back to being a security cam? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook timr ✭ May 2020 The_REAL_Thief said: Awesome! Just did this and it works like a charm! Picture quality is pretty good too...Now, how do i get it to back to being a security cam? Download the standard firmware from Wyze and flash it like this process.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Doug2020 ✭ May 2020 Tip: If when attempting the flashing process you don't get the blue light it may be that your MicroSD needs to be reformatted using the Wyze app - that was the case for me as I'd initially formatted a used MicroSD for the Fat32 file system under Windows 10 and copied demo.bin to it but couldn't get it to work, the LED always stayed yellow.  As a last resort I set the camera up for normal security use and installed the Android app on my phone, connected to the camera wirelessly, and under the Wyze app Settings located the Format function then reformatted the MicroSD, shut the camera down via the app, removed the MicroSD and recopied demo.bin to it and tried again and finally the flashing process in the above article worked exactly as listed.  Interestingly, that same MicroSD when plugged back into my laptop under Windows 10 now shows as a Fat32-formatted USB device, but under Linux Mint when running Gparted the format shows as unknown but files on it are still viewable, so evidently the Fat32 format used by Wyze is slightly non-standard or perhaps the SD slot in my laptop or my MicroSD adapter is just flaky. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cyberhiker ✭ May 2020 I've tried this with the Wyze Pan and then accessed the camera using an RTSP feed (the camera was in a different room connected via WiFi to a laptop running OBS). There is a significant lag using WiFi and the audio was unusable - so not suitable for my needs.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kcfree ✭ May 2020 Just setup camera and it works as advertised. I wanted to use it for zoom meetings but I don't think its going to work for me. I can't see anyway to zoom in with the camera and the field is to large for me. It covers a space about 12ft x 12ft. great for what it is intended for but not for desktop. Also the microphone and speaker isn't good for meetings. However in a pinch if you are just trying to connect with loved ones during this lookdown period, this is a great camera. the wide angle could come in handy then, because whomever you connect with will be able to see everyone in the room. Great product, thanks Microsoft for creating firmware to repurpose this camera. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Yzzzguy ✭ June 2020 Got the bundle yesterday and tried to use the SDHC card they gave me but still got amber light. Plugged the memory card into a reader... First off - the file system is just regular FAT 32. Second - what was on the card was an empty folder entitled "time_lapse"! Ugh. Deleted that and installed the unzipped "demo.bin" file. Plugged the card into the camera, did the firmware flash instructions and...success! It is SO much better than the old webcam I've got (a Kodak S100) as it is HD (the Kodak is VGA!) and higher light sensitivity (with the Kodak - I looked like I had a bad sunburn...more natural colors with the Wyze Cam V2). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kent_Smith ✭ August 2020 It works as advertised. I agree with the challenges to plugin the power cord. Otherwise it all went well. But as another user mentioned, this won't work for me. The image from the camera is like a fish eye lens. I would have to get extremely close for it to not distort the image. Just won't come off as professional as I'd like for video conferencing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook B_Man1124 ✭ January 2021 It works great as a webcam for me but do I have to use this gigantic thick and bulky USB cable that came with the special bundle, or can I use a regular size USB cable that is much more more flexible? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 Great read! works great for an octoprint setup! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Most laptops these days come with webcams built in which is convenient for the user.  We've had a lot of customers contact us regarding their MSI laptop webcams not working out of box. By default, MSI laptops have the webcam disabled. But don't be too concerned! It's actually an easy fix.  MSI laptops (and many other laptops) use function keys to toggle various pieces of hardware on and off for the laptop. MSI laptops use the F6 key for the webcam. To turn on your webcam, you need to press the F6 key, or press Fn + F6 together: You'll notice the F6 key has a little picture on it that actually looks like a webcam. Once you press F6 or FN+F6, the camera should toggle on and be available for use.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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HP 15- U010dx — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Webcam not working after replacing digitizer. HP 15- U010dx Lolopz ✭ May 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I replaced the digitizer on my HP Envy x360 15-u010dx. The touch screen is not working and neither is the video camera and microphone. What could be the issue. Touch screen was enabled and laptop was reset, still nothing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin May 2020 Greetings. Is this something one of our Micro Center stores replaced for you?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Lolopz ✭ May 2020 No but I actually figured out the issue. 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The camera function is working correctly, it's just not displaying anything but a black screen. I've rebooted the laptop twice, checked the camera permissions, updated Zoom, tried the camera on the Windows camera app and through Discord and webcamtests.com, (which is erroring out every time I try it,) so the issue is my laptop, not Zoom.  I checked the camera drivers, no new updates.  I checked for Windows updates, and installed Feature Update Win10, v20H2 last night, and restarted the laptop again. The only step on the internet guides that I have not tried is to remove the laptop battery and re-install it, and I'm not confident enough to do that. I do not have a F10 "camera-off" function button. I did recently stick on a camera privacy shield, maybe 5 weeks ago. Yes, it's open. Now, it's a 6-year-old laptop that I never unplug, so the battery is probably shot, and it's currently blinking red and stuck at 72% (not charging higher, afraid to unplug in case it goes lower.) Would that have any affect on the webcam? It's an Asus Model N56JN, Win10, ESET, Chrome browser. I bought it as a workhorse, have never used it to its full potential. I could invest in a (another) new battery (this time out of warranty), or I could get a modern laptop for about the same price as the battery replacement that'll handle docs & internetting just fine. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 2021 Hello @MelissaG Welcome to the community! I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing issues with your webcam. Thanks for the details of what you've tried so far! are you sure that you've closed all apps that may be using the webcam? Your webcam can only be used by one program or app at a time. Also, have you tried uninstalling the Webcam driver and then reinstalling it? To uninstall your webcam driver, open your Device Manager and then selecting Cameras. Right-clicking the camera and then uninstalling the driver. You should then be able to restart the computer and then reinstall the webcam drivers. If this doesn't work for you, here's an article from ASUS about troubleshooting steps for your webcam. https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/109836/ Please let me know if this doesn't resolve the issue for you, I'd be happy to continue to work through this with you! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MelissaG ✭ January 2021 Thank you for responding, Landshark! I went ahead and uninstalled the driver and restarted my laptop, twice. Both times, when I turned it back on, the camera was operational again without needing me to re-install the driver. The black screen persists. I then Disabled Device in the same popup, and re-enabled it, thinking that might break any connections with any programs. I'm fairly sure, between all the restarts and the uninstalling/disabling, that no apps *should* be monopolizing the webcam.  The next steps in the guide involve a restore point, which I have not done and therefore cannot restore to, and completely resetting the system, which I'm nervous about doing. I'll plug in my portable HDD and run a backup tonight anyway. I really suspect it may have to do with the battery. Is that a possibility? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 2021 Hmm, sounds like it's possible that a battery reset may offer a solution. You should be able to pull the battery out easily. There is a lock switch on the bottom of your laptop that holds your battery in place. Sliding this and pulling the battery out would allow you to fully reset the laptop. I'd recommend leaving the battery out for at least 2 minutes. If you're uncomfortable with this, I'd recommend bringing it into our service department. We can offer a diagnosis for $39.99. https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/computer-diagnostics.aspx I hope the battery reset is the answer for you! Let me know! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MelissaG ✭ February 2021 UPDATE: Working now. The next suggestion was a reset, which I'd prefer not to do, but I got out my portable HDD and backed up my computer for the first time in a couple years (I know).  Within minutes of the backup being completed, the camera started working again! No idea why. Thanks for your help! I may still do the battery reset, but for now, problem solved!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin February 2021 Interesting, but thank you for the update! 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And when I click on Camera in the Start menu I get a "We cant find your Camera" message? The error code is: 0xA00F4244 The camera does not show up in settings either. What gives? Thanks!! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin July 2020 I'd check to make sure it installed properly first. Right click "Start" and open "Device Manager". I'd expect to see it under Imaging Devices or Cameras. 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Now I find the webcam is not supported for Windows 10.  Looking at the vast selection of monitors here there are numerous filters to search by, but none mention built-in web cams! Is this only standard nowadays on laptops?  I guess I could go with a separate webcam that I hook up to the monitor, but  I'm surprised there are no built in options.  Any advice? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin July 2020 With some exceptions, webcams are pretty consistently present on laptops. It should be listed in the specs though. Unless it's a very low end budget laptop, I would generally count on it having a built in camera and mic. As for your old webcam not being compatible with Windows 10, depends on the driver they're using. If they're running or able to run on a generic USB Video driver, it should work. What web cam do you have? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PeteSut ✭ July 2020 I have a Logitech c260. Logitech is unwilling to support it and I'm not sure if the quality would be worth the effort. So my question is really about MONITORS. Do they NOT come with built-in web cams? Is the tech advancing so rapidly that it is better to buy the cam and the monitor separately? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 I have not seen many monitors that include a built in webcam. AIO systems include them. As for why, most likely it's a feature that most people aren't that interested in, having this built in and the problem is it increases the cost for the seller, and this add on isn't going to increase their sales by enough, to offset the cost of not being competitively priced, for the people who don't want this feature. Do you know what the Logitech C260 shows up as in Device Manager?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PeteSut ✭ July 2020 Thanks for the follow up.  When I plug it in it shows up as "USB composite device".  But in Device manager it shows up under AUDIO as Logitech HD Webcam C260.  It's like the camera component doesn't exist. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin July 2020 So it's installing the mic but not the camera. Is the USB Composite Device under "Other Devices"? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PeteSut ✭ July 2020 No, the only thing listed under other devices is my monitor. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ct241 ✭ July 2020 We have a desktop with a very old monitor(2008).  We now need to connect to Zoom for meetings. We do not have a microphone or camera.   What is the best way to update and solve this problem.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin July 2020 ct241 said: We have a desktop with a very old monitor(2008).  We now need to connect to Zoom for meetings. We do not have a microphone or camera.   What is the best way to update and solve this problem.  You can just purchase an external webcam. You can view what's in stock at your local store with at the following link: https://www.microcenter.com/category/4294966765/webcams External webcams will plug into a computer via USB and pretty much all come with a microphone.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PeteSut ✭ July 2020 Never mind. I decided to buy a new webcam. 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They offer a range of high-end systems, and in their words, they are “a private self-funded company that is shaping the future of the PC, pioneering new and better solutions while always remaining inspired to offer excellence to its customers” (sourced from https://maingear.com/about/). Maingear is still committed to this goal in 2020, and today I’ll be going over one of their latest offerings: The Maingear Element 3. First Impressions:  The Element 3 is pretty subtle and simple in its design. At first glance, you probably wouldn’t know that this is a high-powered gaming machine. The chassis is made out of the same magnesium alloy the original Element was made with, with a dark matte-black finish. The construction is very solid overall, and compared to other gaming laptops with similar specs, it’s a little thinner and lighter than you might expect. It doesn’t have a gigantic battery hanging out the back or crazy lines with aggressive angles on the outside, so if you’re looking for something with beefy specs that can fly under the radar, this is where you should look. With that said, let's really get into this laptop. If you'd like to skip ahead to a specific category, click the link below to jump to that section: Specifications Peripherals (Display, Touchpad, Keyboard, etc...) Software (NODE Control Center) Performance Final Thoughts 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin June 2020 Specifications The main difference between the Element 3 and original Element is that the video card is no longer the Max-Q version, which is a weaker, lower power consumption part made specifically for thin and light laptops. The Element 3’s video card is essentially equivalent to the normal RTX 2070 Super you’d find in a desktop, but with somewhat reduced clock speeds. Overall it’s a big upgrade over the previous generation Element. The i7-10875H also sees an extra two cores added vs. the previous i7-9750H. It features a healthy amount of options for I/O: three USB 3.1 Type-A Ports, a micro SD card reader, ethernet port, HDMI port and the main highlight, a Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Thunderbolt 3 port is particularly useful: it will support any USB-C device and can be used for things like high speed data transfer or connecting high resolution displays.  Whether you’re gaming or are a professional looking for workstation performance, this is a powerful package with a sleek design. Obviously the specs are good, there’s no debating that. But you’re not just interested in specs, you want to know what it’s like to actually use one of these systems. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Peripherals Display The first thing you see when you open a system is the display. The Element 3 features a 240Hz (yes, you read that correctly) IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1080p. IPS panels are becoming more popular for gaming purposes as framerates and response times on them have improved, and of course they’re always good for the design oriented due to the high color accuracy and wide range of viewing angles. The brightness on the display is quite good even in high-light environments. The high refresh rate makes even things as basic as scrolling down a webpage incredibly smooth, and of course in games it’s excellent. While it would be nice to have the resolution at 1440p, it makes sense to stay at 1080p given that this is a laptop marketed towards gamers, and higher resolutions would make it harder to push those crazy high framerates. Overall, the display is very high quality no matter what you’re using this system for. Keyboard Despite using the same chassis, the keyboard in the Element 3 has changed from the previous model. The original Element featured an opto-mechanical style switch for its keyboard, which had good tactile feedback and a longer keystroke than a typical laptop. The Element 3 has now changed to the more common chiclet-style keyboards you can find on many other laptops. It still has good tactile feedback, but this time with a shorter keystroke. Personally speaking, I can type about 100-110 words per minute on this keyboard, which is just short of my typical speeds on a normal desktop keyboard. It even features a full number pad. It’s pretty solid as far as laptop keyboards go. The keyboard also features an RGB backlight which can be controlled through the NODE software Maingear includes on the system. Touchpad The touchpad is smooth to the touch and overall pretty responsive. The click feels solid and there wasn’t any weird flex or dead zones anywhere. Palm-rejection was also very good: the heel of my thumb on both hands rested on the top corners of the touchpad, but I never got any false clicks or strange cursor movements while typing. What I did notice is that when I’m using the cursor, it sometimes was a little sensitive with double-clicks or click-to-drag, even on the low sensitivity setting, but that may just be me not being used to laptops as much and misclicking on my own. It didn’t cause any real problems and otherwise the touchpad was good.  Webcam The Element 3 comes with a webcam, as you might expect. You’ll probably notice that it’s not positioned in a typical fashion: most laptops will have the webcam centered on the top part of the monitor, but the Element 3 instead places the webcam centered below the monitor which might take some getting used to. Otherwise, the webcam is pretty normal for a laptop and operates at 720p/30FPS. Speakers The speakers are pretty clear and can get fairly loud without any distortion, so they’ll work well for general use. If you’re gaming (and with this laptop, you probably are) I would still recommend external speakers or a nice headset simply because soundstage can only go so far in any laptop, but otherwise the speakers are good and will do what you need them to. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Software One of the main highlights of the Maingear systems is that they don’t come with any bloatware like you’d get purchasing a laptop from a larger manufacturer. The one thing they do include is the NODE Control Center software, which allows you to control a few different settings on the system (such as the keyboard lighting), as well as some hardware monitoring tools. We have a full guide on using the NODE software coming soon, so stay tuned for that, but there’s one important setting I’m going to go over here, because it’s related to the performance of the system: Operating Mode. Operating Mode is essentially a power management setting that will increase or decrease power limits for your system.  Office mode is the “low power” mode, Game Mode would be “balanced” and Beast Mode is “max performance.” For general use, Office mode is more than sufficient. For gaming or more workstation heavy use, you’ll want to switch to Game Mode or Beast Mode to make sure you get full performance out of the system. Office mode lets you set a specific fan curve for cooling, while the other two utilize a pre-set fan curve you cannot change. If you are gaming or doing some other CPU heavy task, turn on Fan Boost, because the CPU will get very hot, very quick and even on Beast Mode the cooling fan won’t operate at 100% speed without turning Fan Boost on (it’s quite loud at full blast).  One thing to note on this is that these settings are only in play while the system is plugged in. If you unplug the charger, it will default to a different power setting independent of Operating Mode to preserve battery life, but at the cost of performance. This is typical of any laptop and doesn’t make a difference for general use, but in resource intense scenarios like gaming the performance loss is very noticeable. Speaking of performance, I should probably talk about how it does actually perform in the real world 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Performance Everyday Use For general use, it’s blazing fast, as it should be. The NVMe SSD makes booting the system and loading applications extremely quick, and the fan stays very quiet a majority of the time. The 6-cell 7900mAH/91.24Wh battery should net you about 4-6 hours of battery life under light usage. I tested this at max brightness and on max performance in Windows power settings, with 2-3 Chrome tabs open at a time, so if you use battery saver settings and lower brightness, you might be able to extend it further. Under heavy use, battery life can quickly go down to two hours or less depending on exactly what you’re doing, so for the power users out there, keep that in mind. Gaming Of course, we couldn’t review a gaming laptop without playing any games. I tested a few different popular titles, and all games were tested at max or near-max settings, using the Beast Mode setting in NODE with Fan Boost turned on. I’ll mention again: you want to turn fan boost on while gaming. Even though the fan will be loud, it will help with cooling, and you’ll need everything you can get.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare is the first game I tested, and performed quite well. Motion Blur was disabled and RTX was turned off, but otherwise all settings were at max. Across many different maps in the normal multiplayer playlists (no Ground War, no Warzone) I consistently got 100-120FPS. The CPU immediately hit 90C and started thermal throttling, and evened out around 3.8GHz. This comes with the territory for gaming laptops, especially ones that try to stay as thin as they can. While the cooling system in the Element 3 is good, at the end of the day there is a tradeoff for it being on the thinner side, which is more heat. Fortunately, the 2070 Super stayed around 80C so it performed quite well and I was able to maintain stable FPS during my whole play session. Some of you out there may be concerned with input lag since it’s an IPS panel, but there was no input lag that I could notice. The response times on this panel are pretty darn good.  Overwatch Overwatch was the second title I tested, and unsurprisingly it performed very well. On Ultra settings FPS ranged anywhere from 150-240 FPS, shifting frequently depending on exactly what was happening on the screen. Despite the FPS fluctuating a lot, there wasn’t any stuttering or screen tearing and everything was quite smooth. The CPU faired a little better this time, but still throttled down to about 4.0GHz at 90C.  Rocket League I decided to throw Rocket League in here as an example of a light-requirement example for a competitive title, and performance was excellent as I expected. I was able to maintain a full 240 FPS at maximum settings with no dips. The CPU still hit 90C and throttled down to about 4.2-4.3GHz, but as you can see the throttling doesn’t really matter in this game at all. In any of the lighter graphics requirement games, this laptop will have more than enough power. Monster Hunter World Monster Hunter World is one of my personal favorite games and is the most graphically intense title I tested. It’s not the single most graphically intense game on the market, but I hold it as a good example of what this laptop is really capable of, and it actually performed better than I anticipated. I disabled Motion Blur and Volume Rendering Quality in the graphics settings, enabled the High Resolution Texture Pack and left all other settings at maximum. The CPU throttled down to about 3.7-3.8GHz this time around, and FPS ranged from 80-100 in every zone. There were two instances in one hunt where FPS suddenly dropped below 60 and then quickly went back to normal, however I think that was more likely a driver related issue than it is with the laptop itself. I was very impressed with the performance in this game, and the display really got to shine here. Monster Hunter has some truly breathtaking environments and the color representation and picture quality offered by the IPS panel really did this game justice.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin June 2020 Final Thoughts Overall, this is a great system. In particular I was really surprised by the performance of the display while gaming. IPS panels once upon a time had a reputation of poor response times, but with the high-quality IPS panels many manufacturers are putting out these days that’s clearly becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking for a high-performance system that doesn’t come with all the extra bloatware and overly aggressive design language, look no further. The Element 3 is a sleek machine with great build quality and excellent performance.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nobbyboi ✭ September 2020 Any idea when stores will carry the 15.6” Element again? Heard maingear already has it updated with the 2070 Super. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2020 Hi @nobbyboi. What store are you shopping in? I noticed that my local store has a couple of versions in stock. https://www.microcenter.com/product/621986/maingear-vector-2-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black https://www.microcenter.com/product/621984/maingear-element-2-el2-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black However, I did not notice any varients with the 2070 Super available. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook nobbyboi ✭ September 2020 I’m in the Chicago area. They have those two models but also briefly had the 17” element with 8 -core cpu and 2070 Super. I’m more interested in the 15” element (not the vector) with the 2070 super. It’s available on Maingear’s website, but I’d prefer to buy through Microcenter. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2020 Hey @nobbyboi I belive that this is the item that you were speaking of: https://www.microcenter.com/product/621985/maingear-element-3-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black It's possible that we'll be getting more inventory. That item is something of which we typically get frequent shipments. I'm not sure when we received our last shipment, but from my understanding, we get shipments every 2-3 weeks. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Strake7 ✭ October 2020 Looking forward to the next shipment into Tustin, CA. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. 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It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary. I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.   I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there. Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently. When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have. When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once. It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time. Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title. “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream. This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment. Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games. This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful. Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone. You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.  REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points. Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform. A popular program for this is OBS Studio. It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and YouTube. Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio. Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. We have a setup guide for Streamlabs OBS at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7211/how-to-use-streamlabs-obs-slobs MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO BUILDER Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup. The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order! It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want. We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget. Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time? There are definitely a few options for budget streaming. Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment! Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while. To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step! The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone! Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates. They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone! Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to. If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well. For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset. These generally have a quality microphone built-in. If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade. You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience. The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers. Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams. Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra USB Microphone: Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way? People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person? We are starting to use external microphones here! These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams. You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops. Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand. If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality. Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming. This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras: Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have. Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior. Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words). You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC. Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras. The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these. You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Requires dummy battery Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit See details below Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter. Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones: Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds. Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly. I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one. Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling. Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp. Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Micro Center fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one. These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). XLR microphones also have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp). This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer. Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp. Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound. You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream. Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.  Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming. If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one. If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals. Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio. You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone. Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone. This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen. It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers. It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button. Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs. There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers. This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam. Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam. Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 TSPhillipT admin April 2020 edited June 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Hello! Thank you for stopping by the Micro Center Community! This is a breakdown of streaming setups at three different tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro. It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary.  I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.  I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there.  Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently.  When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have.  When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once.  It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time.  Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title.  “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream.  This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment.  Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games.  This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful.  Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone.  You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.    REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points.  Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform.  A popular program for this is OBS Studio.  It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and Youtube.  Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio.  Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup.  The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order!  It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want.  We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget.  Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time?  There are definitely a few options for budget streaming.  Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment!  Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while.  To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step!  The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone!  Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates.  They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam         Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone!  Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to.  If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well.  For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset.  These generally have a quality microphone built-in.  If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset   INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade.  You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience.  The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers.  Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams.  Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra     USB Microphone:  Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way?  People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person?  We are starting to use external microphones here!  These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams.  You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops.  Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand.  If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality.  Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming.  This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras:  Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have.  Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior.  Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words).  You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC.  Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras.  The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these.  You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery See details below Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter.  Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones:  Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds.  Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly.  I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one.  Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling.  Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp.  Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one.  These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter).  Some XLR microphones may have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp).  This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer.  Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp.  Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound.  You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream.  Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.    Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming.  If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one.  If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals.  Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio.  You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone.  Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone.  This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen.  It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom  Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies  Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers.  It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button.  Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs.  There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers.  This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam.  Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam.  Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light If you have any questions or inquiries about anything in this article or if you'd like to share your current stream setup and wish list, please post them below!  I will try to answer them as soon as I am able to.  I will also be trying to keep this article up to date, especially when new things for streaming come out.  After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   Change Log: 7/28/20: Updated recommendations 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. 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Our goal has always been to provide you high-quality systems at a competitive price, with the support to back it up, and our most recent entry into the series is the PowerSpec 1530 laptop.  First impressions At first glance, the 1530 looks pretty standard, but there are some subtle hints you can pick up on that show what this system is all about. The orange trim around the sides adds a little bit of flair that you wouldn’t see on a laptop designed for business use. It’s thick and heavy when you pick it up, compared to other 15-inch laptops and everything on it just feels solid. Of course, the lightning-bolt P logo for PowerSpec is a giveaway that this isn’t your typical HP or Dell system.  Please use the links below to jump to different sections of this review Specifications Peripherals Performance As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them on the comments below! Written by TSTonyV 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Specifications We can’t talk about a high-powered gaming laptop without going over the specs, and the 1530 delivers. The i7-10875H is one of the most powerful consumer laptop CPUs that you can get, and the 2070 Super is a high-end GPU that should handle pretty much any game you throw at it. The 240Hz IPS panel is another big highlight here and will be fantastic for high refresh rate gaming. Top it off with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage, and you have a blazing fast system front to back.  External Ports and Features I/O is nothing to scoff at either. Three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one USB-C, and one Thunderbolt 3 port give you many options for connecting a multitude of peripherals. The Thunderbolt 3, mini DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 ports provide a wide range of connectivity for monitors along with that. The SD card reader is a nice bonus, as well. Overall, connectivity is good, and you have a range of options available.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Peripherals Display The display is one of the most critical parts of a system, and I think you’ll be impressed with the 1080p/240Hz IPS display on the 1530. IPS panels have become very popular recently as a general use monitor due to the good balance between picture quality, color accuracy, refresh rate, and response times for various scenarios. This one is no exception. Brightness is good, and I never felt like I was in a situation where I needed more. Picture quality was good as expected and matched my expectations for the display on a laptop like this. At 15 inches, I think 1080p is the right mark for resolution as well. Overall this is a high quality display.  Keyboard The keyboard is pretty standard as far as laptop keyboards go and uses the typical chiclet membrane style keys. I can type 110-120 words per minute on my desktop keyboard and hit that mark on this keyboard pretty consistently. The keyboard is RGB backlit, and you can customize and control the lighting through the Control Center software included with the system. You can choose from several pre-set effects and individually set static colors for keys on the keyboard. The backlight can be very bright if you need it to be.    Touchpad I was very surprised by the touchpad. It’s glass and incredibly smooth to the touch, and may be my favorite touchpad I’ve used on any laptop. The buttons for right and left click feel solid, and I never had any issues with weird sensitivity or inconsistencies when moving my mouse around. Palm rejection was also good, as I never found myself accidentally clicking and dragging the cursor while typing. There’s a built-in fingerprint reader if you want to use that feature to sign in to Windows. Webcam The webcam is pretty standard as far as laptops go. It operates at 1280x720p resolution and can record video at 30FPS. It will work perfectly fine if you need it for zoom meetings and the like.  Speakers The speakers on the laptop are good for general daily use. They can get quite loud and I didn’t experience any distortion or issues with audio. Being laptop speakers they’re not going to have the same quality as a pair of dedicated desktop speakers or a pair of headphones, but they’ll work just fine otherwise. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Performance   Daily Use For general daily use, it’s blazing fast with the hardware included. The main question you probably have is battery life. At max brightness on the display and keyboard, while set to the “entertainment” power mode in Control Center, I ended up with about 3 hours of battery life when running a handful of browser tabs open and playing YouTube videos in the background. With reduced brightness/backlight and battery saver settings on, you should be able to extend that further. At stock settings the fan can get fairly loud when it kicks in, so you may also want to consider setting a custom fan curve to help reduce noise during everyday use.  Gaming As you might expect based on the specs, this system should perform very well in games, and I’d say overall it did very well. All testing was conducted on “performance” power mode in the Control Center software, with fan speed control set to “automatic.” I tested a handful of popular titles to try and give a wide range of experiences. All temperatures and CPU frequency figures were obtained from Intel Extreme Tuning Utility running the background.  Response times in general were good and felt on par with the desktop displays I’ve used for gaming. The fan kicks up to 100% speed immediately once a game is open, which is to be expected. It comes with the territory on gaming laptops, but I’d definitely recommend using headphones if you’re gaming because the fan will be quite loud when running at max speed.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Modern Warfare was the first game to test on my list. Graphics settings were set to maximum wherever possible, with 100% render resolution and 100% field-of-view. Motion blur, ray tracing, and v-sync were all disabled.  In standard multiplayer matches (no ground war), I achieved anywhere from 110-130FPS, varying a bit depending on which map I was playing on. In Warzone, it was mostly the same, FPS generally hovered around 120FPS with spikes up or down depending on the specific area. The CPU hit 100C and throttled down to 3.6-3.7GHz in regular multiplayer, but throttled down to 3.4-3.5 in Warzone.  Overwatch Overwatch was the second game on the list, representing a bit of a lighter but well optimized title in comparison to Call of Duty. Testing was done at Epic settings with V-sync disabled.  I was able to achieve 110-130FPS, with the CPU throttling down to 3.8-3.9GHz and hitting 80-90C. Keep in mind with Overwatch that “Epic” settings don’t have a drastic increase in visual quality over “Ultra” settings. You’ll be hard pressed to notice the differences and you can gain quite a bit of FPS by running at Ultra settings instead. On Ultra settings depending on the map/area FPS should be able to go over 200.  Valorant Valorant is the new kid on the block in the competitive FPS sphere, and as expected, it performed very well as it’s relatively light on your system,  the lightest title of the games I tested. Testing was done at high settings with v-sync disabled, MSAA 4x, and 8x anisotropic filtering. I could get anywhere from 220-300FPS, fluctuating frequently, but I did not experience any screen tearing or stuttering: everything was very smooth and responsive. The CPU hit 80C and throttled down to about 3.6-3.8GHz.  Apex Legends Apex Legends, the second battle royale on this list, is somewhere in between Call of Duty and Valorant with how heavy it is on your system. Testing was done at max settings with max field-of-view and v-sync disabled.  The CPU hit 100C in this title and throttled down to about 3.5-3.6GHz; I could get anywhere from 130-250FPS depending on what location of the map I was in. Like in Valorant, there was no stuttering or screen tearing, so the fluctuations in FPS didn’t have any detrimental effects on my gameplay experience.  Horizon Zero Dawn Horizon Zero Dawn made it to PC recently on Steam and is more representative of a graphically intense title than the lighter competitive FPS titles. Plus, the game is just gorgeous, so I thought it’d be an excellent way to round out our testing. Graphics were set to the “favor quality” pre-set in-game, putting most of the settings at “high.” V-sync and motion blur were disabled.  During general gameplay, I achieved roughly 80FPS, fluctuating up and down depending on the specific area. The CPU only hit 2.5-3.0GHz in this title at 80C, which I found interesting. I’m not entirely sure why this occurred, but my experience was smooth, and I didn’t experience any weird stutters or frame drops during my play session. I assume that the CPU simply didn’t need to boost any higher with this game generally being more GPU bound, but I don’t know the specifics. Overall the gameplay experience was very good.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin September 2020 edited October 2020 Conclusion Overall, this is a powerful gaming system that I think anybody will be thrilled to have. It performed very well, and overall build quality is good. It also comes in at an excellent price compared to other laptops with similar specs. 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You may go back and adjust this picture at any time. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Dell - Cannot find internal camera — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Dell - Cannot find internal camera marilyn ✭ April 2020 in General Discussion Purchased Dell computer Nov 2019 at Micro Center on Elston in Chicago.  cannot find info on internal camera. Is there one? Item description:  v3670_I5-8400/8/256/P Dell computer purchased Nov 2019.  Cannot find info on internal camera. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSNickW admin April 2020 Hello Marilyn!  Thanks for posting on the forum.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it does not have an internal camera.  If you are looking to use a camera with the device you could add a webcam which would connect to the USB port.  Right now they are hard to find, but we do have a guide on how you can turn https://www.microcenter.com/product/505735/wyze-labs-wyzecam-v2 into a webcam.   Details can be found here:  https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2431/how-use-a-wyze-cam-v2-as-a-webcam#latest if you got that route and need some help don't hesitate to reach out.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.4K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 41 What's Trending 8 Past News and Updates 171 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking 1 Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 22 PC Build Guides 101 Reviews & Buying Guides 42 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 99 New Members 171 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 88 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 248 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 22 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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