The Lenovo IdeaPad I'm working on has an issue wherein the built-in webcam claims to be "being used by another program" when opened with Skype and easycam, and online webcam checkers also failed to register a picture.
I tried the following approaches:
enabling, then disabling the device.
Uninstall, then reinstall both skype and YouCam
update Microsoft Windows 7 with all service packages
update all drivers
rollback webcam drivers
Use task manager to disable all non-system processes
used Process Explorer to search for programs containing the #vid tag
I'm officially stumped, the webcam was confirmed to work originally- I can't say if there's a hardware failure, and regardless of the method I use the system claims that the webcam is being used by another program
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