02-08-2014 11:37 PM
The webcam worked perfectly with the installed version of Windows 8 that came with my machine. These problems appeared after installing Windows 8.1.
When I start Windows 8.1's Camera app, the LED positioned to the right of the webcam flickers on and off. Sometimes when the LED is on, you can see webcam footage for a brief instant. It's very inconsistent though.
I have Linux Mint 16 installed alongside Windows 8.1 as a dual boot option, and strangely enough the webcam also does not work in Linux Mint. Trying other camera apps, such as Google+ Hangouts, does not work.
I downgraded to Windows 8, and the camera still does not work - even with Windows 8's version of the camera driver.
What should I do?
02-20-2014 10:00 PM - edited 02-20-2014 10:01 PM
After a lot of wasted hours, it seems like my webcam does work in Linux Mint on some applications. So the hardware isn't at fault.
I'm hesitant to reinstall Windows 8 and all the drivers from Lenovo's website, because I tried it and it didn't work. No amount of driver reinstallation or Windows Updates is doing the trick. Regretfully, I also deleted the recovery partition that came with the laptop.
*sigh* Guess there's nothing I can do.
02-20-2014 11:21 PM
02-26-2014 04:19 PM - edited 02-26-2014 04:21 PM
Today, I booted up Windows 8 for the first time in awhile (I spend most of my time in my Linux partition). And what do you know, the Camera app works! I have no idea what happened. Maybe it was a Windows Update. Maybe it has something to do with the camera resource not being released. In any case, my original problem was solved.
04-26-2014 08:55 PM
Darn, it went back to blinking again. Here's a video of what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9i3S2JA3qg
If it helps, I get this exact incompatibility issue as well. It might have something to do with the built-in USB camera connection not working: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-8-and-8-1/Win8-quot-compatibility-issue-between-your-power-mana...
I guess there's no way to solve this. The only remaining options are:
09-25-2014 05:24 PM
I have the same issue as well.. The LED used to blink earlier.. Now it just turns on once and then turns off and stays off. However, I have not upgraded to Windows 8.1.