After writing the post about my customized HP Pavilion DV6500 Entertainment PC with Windows Vista, many have been looking for some issues and solutions. One of the major issues and doubt is how to use the inbuilt webcam in HP laptops.
Use the HP QuickPlay button which is located at the top of the keyboard to start the QuickPlay. Usually the QuickPlay buttons are highlighted in blue color and if its not highlighted then it may be either disabled during startup or the driver is not working. Check this post on how to add or remove startup programs and applications or check this post to find where you can download drivers for HP Pavilion Entertainment PC.
If the HP QuickPlay is disabled, you may also start it by going to Start –> type quickplay in the seach box –> Enter.
In the QuickPlay, Click the Video Icon.
From the Source section, if you find HP Webcam, double click to start it. Or if you don’t find it, check for USB Video Device and double click it. This will start the webcam.
Use the Record button at the bottom to record the webcam video and the Snapshot Image button to take pictures using the webcam. The recorded Videos will be stored in Public -> Public Videos -> HP Webcam.
You can also use the webcam with the Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Skype etc. Use the webcam button in the messenger software and it will automatically start the webcam.