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HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark

Why is the webcam on the mini 1000 very dark.

Are there any present solutions or future solutions available? I searched around without any luck.

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With All Due Respect, This Thread is Turning Into a Hell Hole of Misinformation.   There is mass confusion about two simple solutions to the problem.

 

THE PROBLEMHP designed this webcam to be an "outdoor" webcam by affixing a 1cm x 1cm dark, tinted piece of tape in front of the web cam, behind the screen overlay.  This tints the video extremely dark in all conditions excepted in natural sunlight.

 

SOLUTION #1Install software that allows you to control brightness/gamma.  If you increase both, your picture will be marginally better. Software options include (scroll to previous pages for links) Skype, MSMessenger, the Built-In Windows Movie Controls, and the Free HP Webcam Driver (linked to on page 1 or 2).  THIS SOLUTION IS NOT A FIX.  IT IS A MINOR SOLUTION AND YOUR WEBCAM WILL STILL LOOK DARK AND GRAINY, albeit it will be a bit clearer.  HERE IS A LINK TO THE OFFICIAL HP driver that is free and allows brightness/gamma control.  It is a quick download and an easy install.  Again though, this is only a partial fix:   Official HP Camera Settings: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp35001-35500/sp35414.exe

 

SOLUTION #2: This is the only real solution.  Simply open the top of your screen (It's super easy to do and the screen is  designed to be opened and closed again).  Take a pair of tweezers, and remove the tinted tape that is causing all the problems.  Problem is 100% fixed. I don't understand why why so many people are so adamant against trying this.  This is not major surgery.  You literally pop open the screen (no screws or anything required), and you take a tweezers, and pull off a thin piece of tape.  That's it.  THe camera will work perfectly without any further software or hardware changes.

Here is a great How-To with a video:  How-To Remove the Tint Tape

Another how-to with pictures: How-To

 

Note that you can do BOTH solutions.  Solution #2 will fix the darkness issue.  SOlution #1 will give you more controls.  My suggestion is to perform the tape removal to fix the dark camera issue, and then install the HP driver to give yourself even more camera control.

 

UNLESS YOU HAVE A NEWER, MORE NOVEL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM, PLEASE DON'T POST THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN CLAIMING THEY ARE A NEW SOLUTION.

 

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Re: HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark

Ditto... I hope HP has a fix for this otherwise It was a waste to even put the webcam in there.
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Re: HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark

I am having the same problem with my new mini 1030nr... when I try to use the built-in webcam the camera capture is very dark... if I have a light directly behind me you can start to see an outline... but the captured image is still mostly black.

 

Is there a way to configure the web cam? I couldn't find any way to make it any better...

 

Any answers HP???

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I have the same problem. It's nothing that HP is going to be able to fix with a driver though. If your computers are anything like mine, the bezel was manufactured incorectly, and a silver film that is supposed to form a ring around a clear lens for the webcam covers the entire camera instead. Looking at another HP laptop with a functional webcam, and the promotional images on the HP site it's clear that my bezel doesn't look like it's supposed to. Tell the tech support reps that and see if you can get it swapped out without jumping through a million software and driver hoops.
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Re: HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark

Thanks for the find but it didn't work for my computer (HP mini 1000). I tried both the driver by itself and also the installation software from HP. Am I missing something? The errors I'm getting are "The system is not supported" and "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware" from the installation software and the individual driver respectively.

 

Can anyone help?

 

thanks

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did you try manually update your driver from device manager? or maybe you should try to uninstall all webcam driver, restart then try update it from device manager manually, i did mine and it's success with manually update (mine is HP mini 1001TU) 
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Same problem as everyone.  I can confirm that this fix doesn't work on my 1035NR.  On a manual driver update I get the message "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware."  I should note that I'm trying to update the "USB Imaging Device" in case this is the wrong thing.

 

Tech support couldn't even figure out where to route my call for my mini.  I was on the phone for 40 minutes and spoke to five different people who kept telling me I was in the wrong department.  Award winning?  I'm taking it back.

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I bought this (1035NR) and a Samsung NC10 for my wife to choose for Christmas. She fell in love with the HP...until we tried to test out the webcam on Skype. It is unacceptable for the camera to be so bad. I will be returning it, but if the camera issue is resolved in the near future, I will be glad to buy it again...
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Re: HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark

As i know, i'm fixing that problem, by using OS Vista but you are using XP. Because in Vista that device will appear as a normal webcam device, however, in XP it appears as USB device. I will try to find and then solve it, while that you just wait..and I will upadate it soon for the solution in XP.

 

as a prove i did send a pictures on this link http://www.speaking-up.com/blog/?p=662

 

So to all the users of the new HP products, I will put the update in http://speaking-up.com about the problem that can be solved, I will try to give the best solution that you have.

 

Thanks, 

 

 

www.speaking-up.com

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