How to check a webcam?

Vladislav Meriin
Vladislav Meriin
January 15, 2013
How to check a webcam?

The modern computer user can not do without a webcam, because the video link has firmly entered our lives. Often there is a need to check the performance of the webcam, as well as the correctness of its work. How to check the webcam to see if it works and how to troubleshoot?

Fault finding

If for some reason your webcam is not working, first of all you need to check whether it is connected to the computer properly. Typically, webcams are connected to a computer using a USB cable. Check whether it is connected to the computer and whether it is fully inserted into the appropriate port. If you connected it through a USB hub, connecting the cable directly to the computer may solve the problem.

In case there are no problems with the wires and reconnecting them did not solve the problem, check the installation of the webcam. To do this, go to the “Control Panel”, select the “System” folder and in it go to “Hardware - Device Manager”.Find your webcam in the list. If it is detected, but a yellow exclamation mark is displayed on it, it means that you need to update the device driver. In case the device is not detected and not displayed, check again whether the camera is physically connected to the computer.

Driver update

The driver update procedure is quick and uncomplicated. In the list of devices, right-click on the webcam and select “Update driver”, then follow the on-screen instructions. If the driver is not found, use the disk that came with the webcam or find the necessary driver on the Internet. You can also help the program DriverFinder, which installs the missing drivers on your computer. After installing the driver, you need to check again whether the webcam is working.

A little more complicated thing can be with the camera on the laptop, since it is physically connected by default correctly. If you do not find any problems with the drivers, it may be difficult to understand how to deal with the problem. First, consider the keyboard of your laptop. It often happens that there is a hot key on it that is responsible for disabling the webcam.Try clicking on it and check the webcam on your laptop. In most cases, after this simple manipulation, the problem is solved.

One of the easiest ways to test your webcam is one of the functions of Skype. It will allow you to quickly understand whether the image from the camera to the computer.

You can also check how the webcam works by using online check services. One of the most popular is. Turning to the site and allowing him access to the webcam, you will immediately see whether the image is being fed to the computer and also check its quality.