USB Camera software disables USB dongle

Dell Vostro 1510, intel core 2 duo t5670...
July 7, 2010 at 10:44:33
Specs: Windows Vista

My girlfriend bought and was using a USB camera while abroad without a problem, but when she returned home the Vodafone wifi dongle, she was previously using without a problem, no longer worked. She took it to some "helpful" IT guys who decided that it would be a good idea to take a hammer to it and install Vista over XP (please, I don't want to hear about how ridiculous this is!!!). The effect was that the software for the camera was removed, and so the USB dongle worked again.... Hey presto!

Only when she went to reinstall the camera software - not plug'n'play - did the wifi dongle die again and so the realisation that there seems to be a conflict with these two applications.

Any ideas what's the likely cause of this? But I guess more importantly, how to resolve it?

Thanks muchly!

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July 7, 2010 at 22:26:45
What kind of camera is it? Depending on the camera, it may be able to be used with Vista's/ XP's built in camera support via Scanner And Camera Wizard.

{Actually, whacking, stomping, crushing or creaming Vista for XP is a step in the right direction in my view}.

Just another stupid saying...

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July 8, 2010 at 04:04:35
Unfortunately they actually put Vista on it - before it was XP! Presumably Vista has a similar wizard however, so I'll take a look and let you know.


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July 25, 2010 at 03:47:33

Delayed response as I couldn't explain this to her from abroad... Finally when I arrived i could sort it myself. Vista's Scanner and Camera wizard didn't manage, so I just took the camera driver from the internet rather than the software provided with the product. I think we can assume that answers given to me by my girlfriend weren't 100% accurate :)

For completeness, this was with a Trust Webcam 16430 and a Vodaphone Huawei E172!


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