Why is my Toshiba Satellite laptop webcam suddenly not working anymore?

Tutu Thompson July 12, 2012
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My web camera won’t work. I really don’t know what to do.

When I bought it, it worked. And it worked about a week or so ago. But now it keeps giving me an error, telling me that web camera not detected and I can’t find it on my computer at all. Device manager won’t show it. I don’t know.

I have a Toshiba Satellite A305-S6905, model#PSAG8U-04001W laptop.

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  1. Raymond Hawkey
    October 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    My Tosibia webcam Does not work. I download new drivers but it still does not work. Why And my video chat on facebook does not work any more !

  2. edd
    October 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

    All my applications are there & doesn't work/ on my screen as did before . will windows essentials remove it from my hidden part of screen

  3. Oron
    July 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Can't tell you *why* it happened, but it's most likely the problem now is that the driver is corrupt. The two things you should try first are:
    1. Go into the device manager and remove the camera (it may be listed under "unknown devices"). Restart the computer and let it detect the camera and reinstall the driver.
    2. If the above doesn't work, download a fresh copy from Toshiba (i.e. from here:
    http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=2205366&rpn=PSAG8U&modelFilter=A305-S6905&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663 ) and install it.

  4. ha14
    July 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    go to run and type services.msc
    check for Plug and Play and see if the status is started and startup type automatic.

    try this microsoft solution
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-solving-problems-with-USB-devices

  5. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 13, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Thompson, you need to re install the driver in your laptop. You can download the driver from http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=SB&os=&category=&moid=2203691&rpn=PSAH8U&modelFilter=A305D-SP6905A&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663

    It will automatically re detecting your camera. Before you re installing your laptop, may be you can check the status of your camera, check from device manager. It should be under unrecognized device. Thank you