Solved How do I see and talk to someone on my laptop computer?

Dell Inspiron 1525 professional laptop b...
March 21, 2015 at 11:56:03
Specs: Windows 7, 5 GB Ram
Have a laptop computer with a camera. was told I could talk to and see the person I e-mail How is this done?

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#1
March 21, 2015 at 13:46:15
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do you have instructions owners booklet that came with it? if not goggle laptop name and model number.you can probably download the owners manual from the website which should explain it to you.

Davidw


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#2
March 21, 2015 at 14:34:01
Do you have the webcam software installed? Assuming you have an Inspiron 1525, the software will be found under Applications, last one on the list. Then you'll probably need Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or similar to be able to use it.

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...


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#3
March 21, 2015 at 15:00:03
Hi riider:
no, I have Inspiron N5110 and how would I get Skype? is it something I have to pay for?

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#4
March 21, 2015 at 17:30:46
Skype is free, now owned by Microsoft:
http://www.skype.com/en/

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March 21, 2015 at 17:35:01

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#6
March 22, 2015 at 04:10:22
mmm I wonder how you found this site...

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#7
March 22, 2015 at 12:27:42
Hi sluc:
Why is there some problem with me being on here?

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#8
March 22, 2015 at 12:32:13
Hi Davidw:
they did not send a manual when I purchased the Dell Laptop.
Just to make sure, I just now looked in my file cabinet, and have all the manuals, paperwork an CD's that came with my HP Desktop and also all the ones for my Dell Desktop, but nothing for the Dell Laptop.
so I will google laptops and see if I can find the manual for my Dell Laptop N5110
Thanks for you help. Nicki


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#9
March 22, 2015 at 14:42:13
Link to manual which you can save as a file on your computer if you wish:
http://content.etilize.com/User-Man...

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#10
March 22, 2015 at 15:40:41
Thanks for the reply Nicki.Dell should have it on there website.anyway save it to a folder or desktop for quick reference

Davidw

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#11
March 23, 2015 at 15:22:45
Is the problem now fixed - if so what was it?

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#12
March 24, 2015 at 14:51:20
Hi Derek:
you said in post :#9
Link to manual which you can save as a file on your computer if you wish:
http://content.etilize.com/User-Man..
can click onto this site but, can not get anything to open up,
Did not have a problem, just wanted to know if I have a camera and how to get the camera to work and also get skype so that I could see the person I was talking to.
Not even sure if I have a camera on my laptop, but it has a little hole on the top which I assumed was a camera. Have a Dell Inspiron N-5110
sorry to be such a pest. Nicki

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#13
March 24, 2015 at 15:10:57
Now I really Have a mess, I googled "Dell Inspiron N-5110 Manual" a thing came up saying it "convert to PDF click Free then Run then Install then inable". I clicked onto Free download, and it then said PDF successfully installed. then there was NO place to click to install the Manual never said Run or install or inable. now what do I do.?

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#14
March 24, 2015 at 16:00:52
I rechecked my link - the first page of the manual opened fine for me and you could use "File > Save" to put the file on the computer. It is already a pdf and requires no conversion. The idea was to see if that contained any information to help you.

Be very careful with those free downloads, I'm concerned about whether you might have picked up malware. I think you should run this program just as a very basic check. It is quite safe, we use it all the time on here:

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Please copy/paste the log on here - if you lose the log it is inside the AdwCleaner folder on the C drive root itself.

I haven't forgotten your original question but if you have picked up something let's nip it in the bud pronto. There is every possibility malware on your computer was why my link wouldn't open.

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#15
March 25, 2015 at 16:01:35
I am now so scared of doing anything

but I just now went back again (for the 4th time) and checked your site from message #9 and it comes up as" Dell Inspirion N5110 Service manual "the a lot of things underneath it. When I right click, then and on the side it says
Save page as
View background images
Select all
View Page info
Inspect elements

Finally I scrolled down and there were all these pages with info such as camera etc,
and on the side of each it again said save as or select all etc
so should I click onto each page as "save page as" ?
When I clicked onto Save page as it brought up a drop down box of things on my desktop,computer,and documents
I made a new folder titled Dell Manual but when I click on save page as, everything on my desktop comes on EXCEPT the new folder labeled 'Dell manual "
Are you rolling your eyes yet?
I just now scrolled through all 45 pages and realized it is the SERVICE manual. on how to fix remove and replace things.
I need sometihng on how to use the laptop.

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#16
March 25, 2015 at 16:33:34
OK, This is the user manual I should have pointed you to:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us...
Select PDF to the right of Setup Guide.
You can then view it. If you want to save it then at the top of your screen choose
"Edit > Save as" and watch where it is putting it.

The manual is for a 2011 version but it should generally apply. It does mention
an inbuilt camera.

In the meantime I'll delve a bit deeper.

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#17
March 25, 2015 at 17:02:35
I clicked onto that site, and it brought up the User Manual, clicked Save all then Download. and everything is there and I bookmarked it. WHEW
I am worn out. thank you.
Nicki

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#18
March 25, 2015 at 17:05:44
Having looked throughj the manual it doesn't seem to answer your question so see this:

EDIT: See post #19 below which I think might be more focussed.

I've not yet found a simple explanation about how to start using your webcam, so these are my suggestions:
Is there a desktop icon that says either camera or webcam? If so double click it and it usually does a check (wait a while) which will show your selfie video on the screen. If there is no desktop icon then go to "Start > All Programs" and look for anything that mentions camera or webcam there. If you find the right place just give it a left click (or two) and it should work as above.

If all else fails install Skype - see my #4. Even if you decide not to use it there is a video test included once you get Skype working and you should be able to see yourself. You will have to invent a user name and password as part of the process. I can help you with the Skype video check if necessary because I use Skype - just pop back. What I know less about is your particular computer but the Skype page is the same on any computer.

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#19
March 25, 2015 at 17:41:14
Found this - seems much more like what you want:
http://www.dell.com/support/article...
Go to the top of the page and click Windows 7 in Contents.

Looks like you need to install Webcam Central software on Windows 7 (already included for Win 8). It shows how to download and install it but I would still consider installing Skype first. Skype will either show your webcam as working already, or say that there isn't one (meaning it wants Webcam Central software). Skype can always be uninstalled later if you decide not to use it. At least you will then, hopefully, know that your webcam is working.

Such a simple question - I do wish there was a nice neat simple answer but it seems not.

Forget my #14 - there doesn't seem to be any indication that you copped something after all. Might be useful if you have any doubts at some later date.

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#20
March 26, 2015 at 14:14:51
Hi Derek:
You don't know how much I appreciate all the trouble you have gone to in helping me.
I now have the #9 site Service Manual and also the #16 site Set-up Guide and User's manual on my Desktop computer. although I do not see anything about a camera in the user manual, but that is alright.
I am going to try to put the Manuals onto a DVD-RW then I can use it in my Laptop.
As you already know, I do not have an ISP for the Laptop, so can not get onto the internet
.Still only use it for writing letters and recipes and Spider Solitaire.. but, hope some day to find a Router so I can use the laptop. Again thanks for all you help.
P.S. Just now got on the Laptop, pulled up All Programs and there is one that says "Web Cam" so I think that would be the camera.
Nicki

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#21
March 26, 2015 at 16:18:17
"pulled up All Programs and there is one that says "Web Cam""
Give it a single left click or double click if necessary. It might just bring up a panel that shows your self video - if so we can take if from there.

If not you could install Skype to see if you are not seen there either (in settings). If that is no go then you probably need the Webcam Central software.

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#22
March 27, 2015 at 14:44:21
alright I just now clicked onto all programs, then clicked onto Dell Web Cam and almost passed out, there was a picture of ME and I looked horrible. LOL! so I guess it does work,. Also in "All programs" there is one called " Skype" did not try it yet. Still in shock from seeing what I look like. Nicki

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#23
March 27, 2015 at 14:57:58
I guarantee my mug shot would look worse than yours LOL.

That's good news. You might not need Webcam Central after all and it seems that even Skype is on board. Click on it to see if you can get to the home screen once you've dreamed up a Skype name and password. Most likely it will ask for an update.

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#24
March 27, 2015 at 16:26:18
will do, and thanks again Derek for all your help and patience.
Nicki

P.S. I found out that I will not be able to download Dell Manual to a DVD as when I right-click there is nothing on it that says "send to" so guess I will just keep it on my desktop.

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#25
March 27, 2015 at 16:51:54
Happy to help.

You can definitely download that manual on your computer as a file if you want to - it is usually much more responsive if you do that. What you have to do is open it up and then go to the very top left of your browser and, if you are using Internet Explorer, you should then see File - Edit - Go to - Favorites - Help, or something similar depending on your browser. If you don't see these then they are "hidden". They can be temporarily seen by pressing your Alt key, or if you want them to permanently show then you right click at the very top and put a check mark in Menu bar.

The one you want is "File", which you left click then you choose "Save as...". It will then let you decide where it is going to save it to (so make sure you know where). The file is called inspiron-15r-n5110_Setup Guide_en-us.pdf. After that it is just a matter of going to wherever the file has been put and double clicking it. You can always cut and paste it somewhere else later if you don't like where it has been put.

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#26
March 29, 2015 at 13:31:52
Hi Derek:
I have it downloaded on my Desktop in Bookmarks, which is great, but, I also wanted to download it onto a DVD-RW so I could put it onto my laptop.but when I right-click, there is nothing that says "send to" Nicki

PS Never mind, I found how to "Send to" now I just need to get the DVD-RW disc"s
Again thanks for all your help. Nicki

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#27
March 29, 2015 at 14:13:40
If it is in Bookmarks then that is just a "link" to the page for viewing, so it is not really downloaded as a file at all. This is why you can't send it anywhere.

You must have the manual open from the link so you can see the text, then follow what I said in #25 (top left of screen etc) to get the "file itself", which will now be saved onto your computer.

It is after you have found the saved file onto your computer that you do the "send to" bit. The file name is also given in #25.

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#28
March 29, 2015 at 15:10:25
Hi Derek:
I'm sorry for the confusion I caused. I downloaded the manual to a file named "Computer information" then later when I was reading the file I bookmarked it so I could quickly get back to it if needed.
Then today I again tried to see if it would "Send to" from the bookmarked copy, it would not. so then I went to my "Computer Information File" clicked onto Dell Manual, right clicked and all these things came up, including "send to" So when I get the DVD's I should be able to download the manual.
Thanks so much, Nicki
P.S. I am also going to get another computer to replace the old windows 98 that was going kachunk, kachunk, LOL and was only used for Spidar Solitaire by my husband. Remember?
Found a Dell Inspiron 3646 for $229 Hope I can use our 17 inch monitor with it.
Nicki


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#29
March 29, 2015 at 15:39:46
I downloaded the manual to a file named "Computer information"
If by file you mean folder (drat this terminology LOL) then I'm right with you. Sounds like you more or less did what I suggested. With computers there are so many ways to do things - not necessarily right or wrong, just different.

Good luck with your new computer when it comes along. If it's Win 8.1 and you don't like the lack of the old style start menu then there is a freebie you can download which puts one on (that's if the manufacture doesn't include an option of their own). Not that I'm trying to put you off using it "as is" though - some users seem fine with it. Of-course if you can hang on, Windows 10 is supposed to arrive sometime this year and that might be a better bet.

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#30
March 29, 2015 at 16:29:37
Hi Derek:
Yes, I did mean a Folder I had named Computer Information.

As for the new Dell Computer, its a Windows 8.1 with Intel 4 GB Memory and 500 GB Hard Drive, and I do not intend to hook it up to internet. Just let my husband use it for playing Spidar Solitaire.(He is almost 90 years old and does not do too many things lately. so I'm glad he enjoys that.)
Later if my Dell Desktop goes out then I can hook the new one up to internet and use it.
I was going to try to find a Hard Drive for the old 98 but its almost as cheap to get a new computer now.
Boy it seems like they get a new Windows every other year. Darn!
Nicki


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#31
March 29, 2015 at 16:39:56
Yep, sadly it's probably not worth spending good money on an old W98. It's not that long ago I dumped mine but I'm still hanging on desperately to my XP.

Hey, managed to get a 1202 score on Spider beginners level (not a record but no so bad at all). In fact I've done it twice because I had to start afresh on this computer. Also "very interesting" to make those old things work on Win 8.1 despite MS saying you can't. I even play Minesweeper and Frogger LOL.

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#32
March 31, 2015 at 14:57:03
whoa! wait a minute, what do you mean" make those old things work on Window 8.1?"
you mean we cant play spidar solitaire on the Windows 8.1?
That is the only reason I would buy the computer as I have my Dell Laptop (almost 3 years old and still never been hooked up to the internet) the only reason I got it was because it was Windows 7 and had heard that windows 8 was coming out and it was not very good, Now My XP will soon be non protected and they will do the same thing to my Laptop Windows 7 Dang!
I was planning on getting the computer so my husband could play solitaire.
Just now finished taking down the old 98 and the printer, monitor and keyboard. and put my laptop on the desk until I got to the store to order the computer, Now I am not too sure about getting it if he cant play solitaire on it. Nicki

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#33
March 31, 2015 at 15:47:42
Windows makes the games available. They just aren't installed by default:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...


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#34
March 31, 2015 at 16:57:58
First step is to download those old games that MS still offer for Win 8, as per #33.

Any that are not offered for Win 8.1, such as Spider Solitaire, can be copied from Win 7 and they will install on Win 8. Trouble is they don't run because MS then tells you that they are incompatible. However, there is a fiddle (changing some entries with a Hex Editor to stop MS blocking) which makes them run. I've have them all running nicely on Win 8.1 64 bit. Just using Compatibility mode is insufficient.

This is the trickery:
http://www.howtogeek.com/122145/wha...
You might need a little help.

If push comes to shove I have all the files in modified form, which can be uploaded somewhere for transfer to your new computer. You just put them in place without an install.

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#35
April 1, 2015 at 11:50:28
The old windows 98 did not have Spidar Solitaire either. so I got onto my Dell Desktop Windows XP pulled up spidar solitaire, sent it to a CD then down loaded it onto the 98 into my documents, then put it on the desktop of the 98, my husband has been playing that since about 2008 or so when I got my XP
So if I get the Windows 8.1 (and I am Not sure if I will now) could I put Spidar Solitaire onto a CD then transfer it to the new Computer 8.1? Dang! these things are so complicated.
My 6 year old great grandson was over yesterday and he spent the whole time playing games and getting onto internet on his dad's cell phone. He has been doing that since about age 3 LOL

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#36
April 1, 2015 at 13:51:58
I've not tried to run the XP version of Spider Solitaire on Win 8.1 but the one from Vista will run. However, as said, you have to stitch it up in order to stop Win 8.1 from blocking it. If it is only that one program that is the issue then this free download should do the trick:
http://spider-solitaire-free-window...
[no geeky stuff required]

Make sure, as always, that you opt out of any malware or advertising junk though. If there is a custom install chose that but in any event look out for junk that has already been checked for you. All you need is the basic program so uncheck everything else.

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#37
April 4, 2015 at 13:04:37
Hi Derek:
Just now pulled up that site in #36 and I can get the free Spidar Solitare, but, I would have to be on the internet with the new computer in order to get it, and I do not intend to get on internet with it. I have an internet provider with my desk-top computer, have a laptop that is not connected to the internet, and was planning on getting the Windows 8.1 computer for my husband to play Spidar Solitaire, because it was so cheap,but not hook it up to a internet provider.
So again my question is Can I put spidar Solitaire onto a DVD then transfer that onto the Windows 8.1 computer?
Thanks for putting up with all my questions, Nicki

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#38
April 4, 2015 at 14:17:49
Yes, on the other computer you get the download from the internet but Save it somewhere rather than Running it. You can then put it on a CD but it is probably easier to just copy it onto a flash drive (sometimes called a pen drive or key). You then plug it into the new computer and double click the file on the flash drive to install it. In the most unlikely event of some issue with that approach, then copy the file from the flash drive to the new computer somewhere and double click it there instead.

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#39
April 4, 2015 at 15:38:14
OK I just downloaded Spidar Solitaire from my Desktop to a Flash Drive, opened it up and it is there. so if I get the new computer I can just put the flash drive into the new computer and download it to it?
Another thing, How do i keep track of all the flash drives I have. I've got 4 of them and had to put each one into the computer to see what was on it. LOL I guess I could take a tiny piece of tape and write on it such as "baby pix" "books" etc
PS never mind, I just now wrote on tiny little pieces of papers and have all 4 of them labled now.
Nicki

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#40
April 4, 2015 at 16:05:36
Better say that flash drives are not seen is the most reliable way to back up pictures or other files. They can fail and do have a finite life. An external hard drive or even a CD/DVD usually fare better. Safest bet is to have more than one form of backup for very important stuff.

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#41
April 5, 2015 at 13:36:40
Hi Derek:
Yes I have baby pictures on both my desktop and laptop. also have them on a CD-RW and also on a Flash Drive because I sure don't want to lose those.

Went to the store to get the computer that was on sale and it was sold out, now the sale is ended, but that is alright because I am sure they will have more later on or I can wait until next year and get the Windows 10 ( not sure what it will be like though. LOL
Thanks for all your help Nicki

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#42
April 5, 2015 at 14:37:01
Just one more point. CD-R (or CD+R) are much more reliable than CD-RW. I have had many CD-RW failures. Maybe worth putting them on a CD-R (or CD+R) as well.

Just in case you wondered CD-R and CD+R are different standards (two groups of companies who each think theirs is best). Fortunately almost all players will accept both, so which one you chose is arbitrary.

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#43
April 5, 2015 at 15:39:20
O K thanks Derek, I'll do that too.
When I got the CD-R-W I didn't know that they would hold very much, I put 3 or 4 pictures on one, then 3 or 4 on another one, some books on another one, etc. then found out here that each one could hold hundreds if not thousands, LOL
I have learned so much from you and all the other people here and I really do appreciate it. Nicki

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#44
April 5, 2015 at 15:56:15
Come back whenever you like. These posts stay open for months but you go right to the top of the pile if you raise a new post.

Glad to have helped - good luck.

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#45
April 6, 2015 at 14:00:15
thanks you. I;m sure I will be back again with more problems that need your help.
Nicki

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