Web camera also known as webcam

Laptop web camera


Most newer laptops come with a build-in web camera also known as webcam. The web camera is located on the top of the display panel. Some people think the web camera is a part of the LCD screen but it’s not. The web camera is a separate module which is mounted inside the display panel above the LCD screen.

On the picture below you see a laptop display with removed bezel. The web camera module is glued to the display cover. The web camera is connected to the system board via a cable which plugs into the connector on the right side of the web camera board.

The web camera cable runs alone the right side of the LCD screen.

Web cam inside display panel

The web camera board and LCD screen are two separate modules and can be removed and replaced separately.

WEB CAMERA RELATED PROBLEMS.

Let’s say your web camera stopped working. You can see the camera detected in the device manager, but it will not work. What can you do? Try reinstalling the webcam driver and most likely the problem will be fixes.

Here’s how you can reinstall the driver.

Go to the device manager and find the webcam. It might be listed in USB devices. Right click on the webcam entry and uninstall the driver. Now restart the laptop. When it boots, the laptop will detect the webcam and install the driver. Does it work for you?

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31 comments on “Web camera also known as webcam
  1. tom says:

    Last week my web camera in a Toshiba Satellite A205 laptop stopped working. I tried reinstalling the driver but it didn’t help. I tried removing the camera from the device manager and let it redetect it, but it didn’t work. I tried reinstalling the web camera utility from Toshiba site, but it didn’t work.
    The camera was turnign ot and the blut LED light up but there was no image in the webcam window, just a black screen.
    Yesterday I received a new webcam board and opened the display assembly. It was so easy to replace the webcam. I simply uplugged the cable from the webcam board and replace it with a new board.
    Rebooted the laptop and it started again!!!

  2. Repair Man says:

    tom,

    Yesterday I received a new webcam board and opened the display assembly. It was so easy to replace the webcam. I simply uplugged the cable from the webcam board and replace it with a new board.
    Rebooted the laptop and it started again!!!

    Yep, it’s easy if you know how to open up the display panel. I just did a similar repair and it took me about 15 minutes to replace the webcam.

  3. Jai says:

    I have a HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop which I think is a part of the dv9500 series family for some strange reason. It doesn’t have a webcam. I was planning to buy a display bezel with a webcam section and also buy the webcam module. Do you think it is possible to install this?

    I guess the real question is whether there is a web camera board on the dv9000t laptops even though they don’t come with a webcam.

  4. Repair Man says:

    Jai,

    I have a HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop which I think is a part of the dv9500 series family for some strange reason. It doesn’t have a webcam. I was planning to buy a display bezel with a webcam section and also buy the webcam module. Do you think it is possible to install this?

    I think it’s possible but you have to take a look at the motherboard and find out if it has a connector for the webcam. I’m not sure if your laptop is “pre-wired” for the webcam. If not, you’ll have to find the cable.

    I guess the real question is whether there is a web camera board on the dv9000t laptops even though they don’t come with a webcam.

    I think the webcam modules plugs into the motherboard.

  5. Leo Mazur says:

    I’m trying to integrate camera from toshiba a205 to a105. Is anybody can explaing what wire do what or give me some kind of the diagram of the cable and if this is usb camera? There’s 5 small wires and I wonder if I can modify it to usb connector. Thank you.

  6. Repair Man says:

    Leo Mazur,

    I’m trying to integrate camera from toshiba a205 to a105. Is anybody can explaing what wire do what or give me some kind of the diagram of the cable and if this is usb camera? There’s 5 small wires and I wonder if I can modify it to usb connector.

    I don’t know the pinout of the cable, but I’m pretty sure it’s a USB camera.
    I just check it in the device manager (I have Satellite X205) and it says: USB 2.0 camera.

  7. benny says:

    i have theguts of a veo webcam but not the usb male connection, does any one know how i could go about wiring it to a regular tv?

  8. Bulacho says:

    Hi, I need to replace the cable that conects the webcam to the laptop because it’s broken. Do you know where I can find it? I have a Toshiba Satellite A205. Thanks

  9. Repair Man says:

    Bulacho,

    I need to replace the cable that conects the webcam to the laptop because it’s broken. Do you know where I can find it? I have a Toshiba Satellite A205

    You can search for a replacement web camera cable using Toshiba part number. I believe that V000929810 is the part number for the cable in Satellite A205 series.
    Google the part number and find the seller. Contact the seller before buying this part just to make sure that’s what you are looking for.

  10. haitham says:

    the camera do not apear with out usag the chat

  11. Repair Man says:

    haitham,

    the camera do not apear with out usag the chat

    Not sure what is your question.
    Visit the manufacturer’s website. Usually they have software to manage webcam.

  12. rock says:

    hello fr pls help,
    first format my laptop and then updated all driver incuding webcam
    but still it shows message, “the camera is used by another program.”
    does this is software problem or hardware and how it is can be solved

    thanks pls reply

  13. sameer says:

    there is some driver problem for sure, means ur camera driver is used by another software or any other program.
    dont think there is problem in hardware if it shows correct in device manager,
    reason it happens with me also in same manner, and it had been solved few days before, well in my case bluethoot was hv driver conflict,

  14. Nenad says:

    I have MSI CR600, but it have motherboard malfunction, repair is too expencive so i want to use some parts, like webcam, but I don`t know what colour means what. On webcam connector goes red, two orange, black and yellow wire. Please, can somebody help me.

  15. ecp says:

    i have a toshiba c640 laptop and the camera was not working anymre, the part where it is installed is starting to heat-up every time i turned on the computer,,so im planning to remove the camera,,is it possible to remove it without damaging the LCD?

  16. Repair Man says:

    @ecp,

    i have a toshiba c640 laptop and the camera was not working anymre, the part where it is installed is starting to heat-up every time i turned on the computer,,so im planning to remove the camera,,is it possible to remove it without damaging the LCD?

    Yes, it’s possible.
    The webcam module is not part of the LCD screen, it’s a separate unit.
    The webcam module mounted above the LCD screen and in most cases it’s not necessary to remove the screen in order to access the webcam.

  17. Curious says:

    What kind of cable is connected to the camera?

  18. ecp says:

    @Repair Man

    Thanks!!!..i appreciate your help..i just want to ask why is it that when i turn on my laptop, in the exhaust part, the smell is not good, it smells like a burned part or something or its just the HD that is turning so fast and produces the smell?..im planning to open it up myself in order for me to remove dusts that is stuck in it.. need your help,,:D..thanks..

  19. ecp says:

    Just want to add a question, if it is ok that i removed the camera from the cable, without disconnecting the cable from the inside part of the laptop?,because i did removed the camera but i did not replaced it with a new one and i uninstalled the web camera application… thanks.:D

  20. Courious says:

    @ecp Yep, you can remove the cam from it’s place and just leave the cable there. I did it with mine, re-installed everything from scratch, and nothing wrong happened.

    @everybody
    I want to re-formulate my question. I have removed the camera from the laptop, and now I have a pretty decent webcam + mic, and I am trying to give it an utility as surveillance camera embedded in a book or something like that. But in order to be able to do that I need to know what kind of connector and cable does the webcam use, it’s the same one than the one in the pic.

    Thanks a lot!

  21. Repair Man says:

    @ Courious,

    What kind of cable is connected to the camera?

    It depends on the laptop model.
    Sometimes it’s a separate cable. Sometimes it’s a part of the video cable harness.

  22. Repair Man says:

    esp,

    i just want to ask why is it that when i turn on my laptop, in the exhaust part, the smell is not good, it smells like a burned part or something or its just the HD that is turning so fast and produces the smell?

    I cannot tell without looking inside the laptop. Could be just dust. Or there is a component failing on the motherboard.

    .im planning to open it up myself in order for me to remove dusts that is stuck in it.. need your help

    What is your laptop model? Maybe I can guide you to the disassembly manual.

  23. Repair Man says:

    @ Courious,

    I have removed the camera from the laptop, and now I have a pretty decent webcam + mic, and I am trying to give it an utility as surveillance camera embedded in a book or something like that. But in order to be able to do that I need to know what kind of connector and cable does the webcam use

    I doubt that you can use the laptop camera like that.
    Most likely the webcam connected to internal USB connector, so you should be able to power up and use the camera from USB but I don’t know the pinout. This is just a guess.

  24. ecp says:

    @Repair Man:
    Its a Toshiba Satellite C650.Hope you can help.thanks.

  25. ecp says:

    Hi there!..thanks for the reply…i just want to ask..about the blue screen error..what probably is the cause of it? does it mean that my RAM is damaged?

  26. luis rodriguez says:

    hi there, My averatec 2500 series laptop webcam is broken, where can I find a new part? the plug is 6 pins

  27. Shahriar says:

    I have Toshiba p755-s5269 the web cam is not working I want replace the camera is it possible please tell me how ? and I also want to have Bluetooth inside the machine in that case what should I do ? please help.
    Thanks

  28. Debra says:

    The menu bar at the bottom of my webcam application is all the sudden missing. I have a picture, but no way to tell it to do anything…everything is missing?

  29. Debra says:

    The menu bar at the bottom of my webcam application is all the sudden missing. I have a picture, but no way to tell it to do anything…everything is missing? It’s a P755 Satellite

  30. Arshia Khan says:

    hello
    last few I got problem with my lcd video cable and Lcd waworking good. I got the cable replaced, but now I got a new problem my webcam is not working anymore, what could be the possible problem

  31. Adrian says:

    I have a question! Are Webcam Boards universal? If my webcam board malfunctions to the point where I would need a new one,, How can I identify the cam board to make a purchase? Do they have a MODEL #?

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