Webcam slow in MSN messenger

Posted on 2003-10-23
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi, I have an Alaris WeeCAM and ive installed it correctly. It works well with the software and is smooth, but when i talk to my brother on msn(he has a webcam which works smoothly) he cant see me beacuse my webcam is running at about 1fps and is about a minute slow, then it freezes rendering it useless. I wondered if anyone knows or can find out how to get this runningly smoothly.
I have broadband asdl 256mb ithink and 2.6ghz 256mb ram winxp home
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Webcam image being slow largely depends on connection speed. Check to see you have got the latest MSN messenger ( version 6)

Check to see you have got the latest software update for the webcam.

Try these registry tweaks to increase broadband connection



try getting the latest driver update for your video card

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Try using the same webcam using Yahoo messenger and check if the same persists.

Try other webcams to see if there is an issue with webcam

Close all applications which might run in the background slowing this process

Check your machine for virus , spywares and trojans which might be running at the background

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Also, make sure that you have the right connection speed selected in Messenger and the right video quality selected--this will also affect the FPS that you get.........
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> I have broadband asdl 256mb
ADSL is asymetric, with your connection 256kbps downstream I assume. But that doesn't mean 256kbps upstream. The upload is much slower. 64kbps most of the time. See if this is also your problem, because 64kbps isn't enough for streaming video. You can check your ISP. Or try uploading a file, if it goes below 4kbyte/sec this is your problem. If you really want to use streaming video I suggest you take a faster connection. A 1024/256 will do great, but a 512/128 will do also.


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Is there a way i can change my upload speed?
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Most providers don't support that, but you might want to check if you provider has DSL (without the A from Asymetric) so you have the same upload as download speed, but most of the time it's cheaper to get yourself a faster ADSL connection.

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Glad to help.

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