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25 October 2006 @ 08:45 am
yesterday my built-in web cam seems to have gotten some kind of busted. the image has been REALLY fuzzy and blurry, and the further away i am from it the worse it looks.

i haven't changed any settings on it, so i think it must have somehow been caused by a minor drop it experienced. i was putting the laptop in my bag after work, and as i was lowering it, it slipped and fell about 4 or 5 inches onto the tile floor. it fell on the left side where the dvd drive is. i turned it on to make sure everything seemed ok, and it did, but of course i didn't think to check the camera.

i tried using my phone as a webcam, as i've found it can do that when i was playing around with it. unfortunately, it creates video in some format that skype won't recognize, so there's no point in using it.

the real point here is to ask for some advice. is there any way i might be able to fix the onboard web cam myself? should i take it to a computer shop? it's a Japanese brand of computer, so I probably wouldn't even have to go to an English computer shop, but would it be worth the cost? or should i just go out and buy a new webcam somewhere (probably with instructions i can't read, but i could manage)?

i'm really upset about this issue, since webcam is my favorite means of calling home. i appreciate your feedback.
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Mellenabsentmammoth on October 25th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
thanks for responding! i'd really like to try and refocus this camera, but the front plate over the camera prevents me from poking at it without opening something up. i'm not sure if i should do it or not, but i'm really tempted to.

as for a new camera, my only fear is that i%2 l have problems with it because i've had trouble with japanese peripherals. my computer speaks some japanese, but apparently not enough. for example, despite the usb plug, my phone and my computer won't speak to each other to share data. the only excpetion is that webcam feature works, but skype in turn doesn't recognize it for some reason.

if i get a webcam from the states, that adds the cost of international shipping into the price. i could wait til december when i'm home for a few days, but still. this is bugging me so much i want it taken care of stat.