How can I initialize the internal audio speaker and built-in webcam on my HP Mini netbook?

Dean Sutherland January 31, 2011
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How do I initialize the internal audio speaker and built-in video camera on my new HP Mini netbook? They aren’t working and I’m not familiar with Windows7.

  1. Deanosth
    February 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Thanks Tina. I emailed this web link to Sonia (it's her HP Mini Notebook with the issue) and suggested that she use MakeUseOf to solve PC problems.

  2. Tina
    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm


    I happen to have a HP Mini netbook running Windows 7 myself.

    How did you test whether or not your webcam / speaker / microphone work?

    I'm guessing that you used Skype and even if it wasn't you can use it to test your hardware. Go to > Tools > Options.

    Click the > Audio settings tab in the bar on the left. Do you see a hardware option for microphone and speaker?

    When you switch to the > Video settings tab, does your webcam image load automatically?

    You may have to install the drivers for your hardware. You should find them on your netbook in a folder called > SwSetup. Go to > Start > Computer and search for the folder via the top right search bar.

    In > SwSetup you'll find a sub-folder called > Drivers. You're looking for the > Audio and > Video drivers. Go to the respective folders and launch the setup.exe, i.e. the installation process.

    If you cannot find a SwSetup folder, you can download the drivers from the HP website. Click on > Support & Drivers and follow the instructions. You will be asked to enter the exact name of your netbook.