Dell integrated webcam not working

I have a Dell Inspiron 1564, and as the title suggests, the integrated camera has stopped working. When I open up Dell Webcam Central, it says 'no supported devices plugged in'. Skype and MSN won't detect it either. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the software and the drivers a million times to no effect. Having googled the problem, it appears as though it is pretty common. I have looked high and low but I have yet to come across a solution. Are there any dell users here facing the same issue? Personally I think the webcam's fried and I'll have to send it under warranty (abroad :()

Did you check it from BIOS. As Dell Have diagnostic Option in it.


Whats your OS?

I think its the BIOs as well, but just to be sure install its drivers which are present in its cd

Check the setting of BIOS! i think it could disabled from there ?

No it definitely isn't the OS or the BIOS. I have Windows 7 Home Premium. The short term solution I found from the internet is that you run Dell Webcam Central, plug in anything in any USB (like a usb mouse or a flash drive) and the webcam starts working. A lot of people have the same problem so I'm starting to think it may be a defect from the manufacturer.

I had the same problem with Inspiron 1564. Dell itself is not giving a good support for webcam and some other devices on the dedicated drivers page for Inspiron 1564.

I am not sure if you've already walked through following but I got help downloading a manager after asking the question at following thread.

you can get to the helping post directly at

or directly download the Inspiron 1564 webcam manager from

Please visit to the site for any driver update

Agp Grphics card driver