How to Test Your Webcam to Ensure It Works With Skype

How to Test Your Webcam to Ensure It Works With Skype. If you have a webcam, you can make video calls on Skype and let your contacts see you as well as hear you. Skype works well with most webcams, but if you experience any problems, follow these steps to test whether your webcam works with Skype.

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Install your webcam. Follow the instructions that came with it.

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Update your webcam drivers. Visit the manufacturer's Web site and look for patches and updates to your driver.

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Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for your webcam. Your webcam will need a certain level of memory, processor speed and other elements to function correctly. These minimum system requirements will be listed in the webcam's instructions or manual.

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Download and install DirectX (see link below). Skype recommends you install the latest version of DirectX for video calls.

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Double click the Skype icon to open Skype.

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Open the menu for video options. Click "Tools," then "Options," and then click the "Video" tab on the left.

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Enable Skype Video. Check the box next to "Enable Skype Video."

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Open the pull-down menu of devices. Select your webcam from the list.

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Click "Test Webcam." This will open the test page where you should see what your friends will see when they video chat with you.

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Click the "Webcam settings" button below to adjust the settings.