How to Install a PC Camera

By Stephen Lilley

Adding a PC camera can provide a number of benefits to your computer setup. You can use it with instant messaging programs such as GChat and Windows Messenger to see people you would normally only be able to communicate with via text. You can also use it to take pictures that are downloaded directly to your computer, saving a few steps from the normal digital camera setup. Installing a PC camera is an easy process that only takes a few short steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • PC camera

Step 1

Plug your PC camera into your computer using the included cables. Most PC cameras hook directly into your computer via a USB link cable that is included in the packaging. One end will plug into your camera while the other will plug directly into an open USB port. Certain models of PC cameras may require a FireWire port on your computer, so check the box's specifications and make sure your computer has a FireWire port before purchase.

Step 2

Make sure your PC camera is powered correctly. Some models may run on batteries, meaning you'll need to purchase AA or AAA batteries for the unit to work. Others may have a power cable that plugs into a wall outlet or power strip.

Step 3

Install any software or drivers that came with the PC camera. For your PC camera to work it will need a driver, which is a small computer program designed to make sure your camera and your operating system can coexist. This driver will be on a CD or DVD in the camera's package.

Step 4

Install the software with which you will use your camera. Simply having a PC camera isn't enough--you need something to do with it. Download Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Messenger or a number of the other programs available that make use of a PC camera. Also install any optional video recording software included on the CD with your camera's driver.

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