ok, so i’m trying to get a new copy of the camera installed on Windows 8. it stopped working right. will take webcam pictures, but cuts out soon as you try to do video.
not the hardware … not even a driver issue. because the video works fine with windows live movie maker. so it’s the app.
i removed it manually (since doing so through windows appears to have no effect). now looks like windows 8 doesn’t know what to do, and the store app has a perpetual “installing camera” in the upper right hand corner, which it can’t install since it doesn’t really install anything. just activates and deactivates them.
kinda funny. it wasn’t working right, anyway. i see on their list, that there is a a YouCam app (probably Cyberlink). and you wonder if those buggers found some way to frack the built-in camera app. Cyberlink are pretty sneaky. almost always leave a backdoor to your machine somewhere if install their software products. for awhile, they cornered the market on playback codecs for DVD’s.
but it looks like there will be no actual camera install. or that windows 8 can’t do it. thought it might have been a prob with the local account, but entered the other i keep and still same malfunction w/ camera app.
found a way to get to the app files, even though can’t do it directly. that ticks me off, too ….. making inaccessible directories. not how you want your machine. would then make a good place for malware to hangout.
for some reason on the secondary account, the IE 10 for Metro doesn’t show as an app. not sure why that happened.
and you know what is really stupid? somehow the programming for Metro is quantifying a 1040 x 768 as a larger res value than 1280 x 720.
and on one monitor, locks out any setting for 1366 x 768 ….. giving only 1360 x 768 …. which is 6 gigantic pixels away from being able to run the snap-to-side feature.
AND, i can’t customize ANY display features, because ATI tossed ALL of their low-end graphics boards to microsoft, with the installation of generic drivers and control-panel interfaces ONLY. so if you don’t own a TOP of the line ATI, you don’t get the control you had in OLDER microsoft systems.
AND ……… when you NEED it most, to design a custom res that will WORK with the Metro better ……. that’s when they say no dice.
makes about as much sense as ………
a duck in a parking lot
a cat tasting rain
a roof painted with a bullseye
a song that explodes into pansies
i don’t GET it.
so you have this way cool new system and idea, but then your goal with it is to screw all the graphics drivers and then mess everyone who tries to work with them? OH OH ………. AND, you have it set so even IF those drivers are uninstalled, the system “remembers” EVERY past setting and just does it. no matter if what you want is one that ISN’T screwed up this time?
so the answer is to go into the registry, and manually remove the display entries. but at that point, why not just reload and rewrite the entire OS?
since the stupid camera isn’t working now, anyway?
don’t get me wrong ……. i think it’s a good system. just when all falls flat, i want you to know who to blame at microsoft for initiating stupid policies.
the good news, is I got the camera working again. the bad news is …. still have no friggin idea what fragged it in the first place!