Why has my webcam disappeared from Windows device manager?

Albert Kidils Amuzu October 7, 2012
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I can’t see my webcam drivers in the device manager anymore. My laptop is a HP Pavilion dv6 and has a truevision HD webcam. I have tried downloading a new webcam drivers but it still didn’t work.

  1. Jim Chambers
    October 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Maybe the wires from camera to motherboard have failed at the lid hinge. Somewhat difficult DIY fix.

  2. Irshaad Abdool
    October 10, 2012 at 5:26 am

    restart the laptop and enter the bios setup, maybe it has been disabled from there :)

  3. Luis Garza
    October 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

    For a good driver cleaner try Treexy Driver Fusion. Clean out if you are able to see it and then download the original driver for your webcam. Does it show an unknown driver.

  4. Dave Rimmer
    October 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Have you looked in Control Panel/ Programs and Features see if you can see your webcam and uninstall it restart PC run CCleaner and Reg scan from CCleaner then install webcam again see hoe it goes.

  5. Ahmed Khalil
    October 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    try the orignal driver for the cam. but uninstall the existing one first

  6. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I think you have a software issue. try to get a driver uninstaller and find whether the actual hardware is detected. if so, remove it and install it again! or else there might be an issue with your windows OS.

  7. Mohammad Hamad
    October 8, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Try to find a good driver updater and update all your drivers will find it

  8. Elrick Browne
    October 8, 2012 at 4:24 am

    if its completely gone then it could be driver, bios, or hardware failure. but if it was driver it will still show under other devices, so that leaves bios, and most computers i messed with does have a option in bios to turn off the webcam, so that last thing would be hardware failure

  9. ha14
    October 8, 2012 at 3:21 am

    perhaps to install it in compatibility mode
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/compatibility

    on webcam driver right click the programs and you will find 'troubleshoot compatlity'

    perhaps is hardware problem and not software. or webcam connector is not connected?

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