The camera is used by another program error message persists

February 17, 2015 at 12:37:43
Specs: Windows 7
I have Asus laptop and this message (the camera is used by another program) suddenly started to pop up last Sunday when I open LifeFrame. Until then I didn't have any problems. I couldn't find the webcam in device manager (why is that?!), tried uninstalling and installing LifeFrame again.. still always "the camera is used by another program". But it's not!! So annoying. Anyone know what I can do?

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#1
February 17, 2015 at 14:38:58
A bit of a long shot but are you running Skype by any chance? If so right click the Skype taskbar icon and select Quit. Let us know if this helps because Skype settings might need changing

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#2
February 18, 2015 at 07:53:14
Nope, it's not Skype. Even when I don't have anything open the message pops up.

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#3
February 18, 2015 at 09:34:47
Rather a big gun but as this issue was fairly recent it might be easiest to go for System Restore, which will retain your own stuff. Type System Restore in search then choose a date before Saturday.

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#4
February 19, 2015 at 11:47:25
I tried that, I was able to go a week back which I thought would be enough (I only noticed this error on Sunday but I don't remember when was the last time I opened LifeFrame without problems, max. 2 weeks ago)

Anyway it didn't work :( Any other ideas still? Thanks for your help so far!


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#5
February 19, 2015 at 12:11:46
Have you tried the hardware troubleshooter?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

It fixed this same issue for someone else.

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#6
February 19, 2015 at 12:20:42
This problem seems to pretty common, and can be with any webcam...

This link discusses one possible cause and resolution:

http://tinyurl.com/ozej5as

It's one of many I found here:

http://tinyurl.com/kph97dr

It may be useful to check through some of the other links if the one above doesn't resolve it?


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February 19, 2015 at 12:23:04

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#8
February 19, 2015 at 12:26:34
Re #7

You never know, it might help. but if you go to the bottom of the link the problem was not resolved.

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#9
February 20, 2015 at 06:17:25
Yes and I read that thread through before I posted mine. Thanks anyway.

So far any of your suggestions didn't help ;(

Does anyone know why the webcam doesn't show in the device manager?


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#10
February 20, 2015 at 07:24:34
Don't know - mine is a separate and it shows there in Imaging Devices.

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#11
February 20, 2015 at 16:55:22
Another long shot I'm afraid - not too hopeful:

Uninstall LifeCam, then shut down computer. Disconnect from power and remove main laptop battery. Discharge the motherboard by now holding the Power Off/On switch down for 20 seconds or so. Re-assemble, power up and re-install LifeCam.

Otherwise then I guess some driver is conflicting with it. You could try temporarily unchecking non-MS things in msconfig Startup - you might be lucky and find the culprit that way. To get there hit Windows key and R key then type msconfig in the Run box (You probably already know that).

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#12
February 21, 2015 at 02:15:02
I didn't know that (I'm actually not that good with computers :-D)

Nothing seems to work.. maybe I'll just leave it and wait for a miracle. It's not like I desperately need the cam and I have my other laptop where it works just fine.


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#13
February 21, 2015 at 04:26:33
Webcam's are under Imaging Devices. Is this camera built in to the laptop? When I Google Life Cam it brings up Microsoft Webcams I forgot Microsoft had their brand of webcams. Asus webcams are Life Frame.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Lif...


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#14
February 21, 2015 at 07:30:46
It's built in and yes, it's LifeFrame

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