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I made a control that connects to the webcam.
The problem is that when trying to connect to the webcam if the webcam is already in use a screen comes up asking the user to select a different webcam device.

I am using this function to call the connect to the webcam device:

function capDriverConnect(ByVal hCapWnd as Long, Optional ByVal i as long = 0&) as Boolean
    capDriverConnect = SendMessageAsLong(hCapWnd, WM_CAP_DRIVER_CONNECT, i, 0&)
end function

So, basically what I want is a function to check if the specified web cam is in use or not; or else a function that tries to connect to the web device and if it is in use it will just not connect rather then prompt the user with a screen to select another device.
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by:Smokintbird
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Try this, it's got most of the code you're looking for...
it's more complicated than you're asking for, but it's also quite complete...

http://www.planetsourcecode.com/vb/scripts/ShowCode.asp?txtCodeId=28493&lngWId=1

let me know if this suits your needs...
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by:Joshyy
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sorry Smokintbird... but I already made a web cam device ... the problem is that if the webcam device is already in use (by another program) when you start "your" program a screen comes up asking you to select a different web cam... it is this that i want to stop from happening.
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first off, the function you're using is calling "WM_CAP_DRIVER_CONNECT"...
the code you should be looking at, is the value of "WM_CAP_START" at the time it attempts to connect.
set a breakpoint after it gets that variable, and find out it's value when the device is in use and when it's not...

then simply put an if-then statement in to trap for the used state...
if used, then bail out or pop a message box or something...
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