12-20-2008 08:53 AM
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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Re: HP MINI 1000 Webcam very dark
02-17-2009 10:01 AM
THE DEFINITIVE SOLUTION POST (please paste this into the first page)
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 PROBLEM: HP 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 #1: Install 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.
12-21-2008 09:53 PM
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???
12-25-2008 08:08 PM
12-26-2008 05:22 PM
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?
12-26-2008 10:41 PM
12-26-2008 10:54 PM
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.
12-27-2008 01:02 AM
12-27-2008 03:20 AM
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.