This is today’s PSA:
If you have a Lenovo Y510 laptop and upgraded to Windows 7, you realize that Lenovo is not going to support this laptop beyond Vista which is what it originally shipped with. One of the incompatibility issues with this 7 upgrade is that the web cam shoots upside down. I discovered this problem when I was setting up my Google Video chat and there I was essentially sitting on my head.
If you Google this problem, you will find TONS of posts of people with the exact same problem. What you don’t run across is the solution so here you go…
1. Go to the Lenovo website and download either the Windows Vista 32 bit or XP drivers. I don’t know why I chose the Vista drivers over XP version except for that I chose the Vista version and it worked. I downloaded the Y510 Lenovo Easy Camera Vista drivers at:
Driver Name: Lenovo Easy Camera Driver
Family: IdeaPad Y510
File Size: 16.9M
Driver Version: 22.214.171.124
File Format: exe
Release Date: 2008-08-21
OS: Windows Vista 32bit
Last modified date: 2011-01-12
Download Here: IN1CAM22WW3.exe
2. Double click to open the file and it will extract the files. My files went to the folder:
In this folder was:
Lenovo Easy Camera(Bison) folder
Lenovo Easy Camera(Logitech) folder
3. I opened the Lenovo Easy Camera(Bison) folder for no other reason but when I tried it with the Logitech folder, it didn’t work. I guess this means my camera is Bison brand.
4. Select and right click the Setup.exe file for Properties
a. Choose the Compatibility tab
b. Check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
c. On this same tab, under the Privilege Level heading, check the box for “Run this program as an administrator”
d. Click Apply > OK
5. Now double click this Setup.exe file to install the driver.
6. Restart your computer when prompted.
Voila! Your webcam will be right side up now!
If this worked for you, please leave me a comment. I’d love to know that this wasn’t written in vain. If I left out a step, please also let me know so I can update this. I wrote the instructions after the fact so I may have slightly missed some details (for you Chad: details… details) here or there.