I did something stupid..

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras, Webcams and Scanners' started by San, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. San

    San New Member

    Hey everyone,

    At the moment I needed to have a skype conversation with someone and was kind of in a bad mood, my build-in (ASUS) webcam decided not to work anymore. I checked device manager and saw that the webcam was not there anymore. When I enabled hidden devices I found it again, but it was greyed out. In the properties it said that everything worked correctly. I tried almost everything to try enabling it again: updating the driver software, restarting the laptop, tried a stupid program which should help, but none of it worked. From the error message in the camera app it became clear that the camera was somehow not attached? Then in a split second of annoyance and anger, which I still regret, I deleted the device in device manager. Now it is, obviously, nowhere to be found and I have no idea how to get it back.
    Could it be that the drivers were still working correctly, but somehow the connection with the webcam itself was broken or does this look like a software problem after all? And would anyone be able to tell me if it is possible to add the device in device manager again? I hope someone can explain..

    Thank you so much in advance!
  2. _Kyle_

    _Kyle_ Well-Known Member

    Disconnect and reconnect it. If it detects it, it should prompt you to install drivers again.
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

    If something disappears in device manager but is still physically working it should be picked back up after a restart. If not, webcam is probably bad or maybe disabled in BIOS or something.
  4. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

    Deleting a device in device Manage means you deleted its driver.
  5. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

    Not necessarily, frequently the driver stays installed but just "forgets" the device. Especially for drivers that are built right into the OS.
    beers likes this.

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