Lenovo Integrated Camera again working on Windows 7

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My Lenovo X200 notebook comes with an integrated webcam and I’m using it pretty often for Skype calls etc. But some time ago it stopped working. After reinstalling drivers, taking to the Lenovo support hotline, installing exactly the driver I was told to it was still broken. Yesterday a Lenovo technician cam to replace the camera (I’m so glad to have on-site support and do not need to send the notebook in), but in the end the new webcam behaves exactly as the first one – just not working.

So I started to debug the problem by myself and figured the following out. Maybe this is just an issue on my machine with my other software installed but maybe this is helpful for someone else.

The driver from the Lenovo webpage is build by the camera vendor Ricoh. That driver package just does not work on my Windows 7 64bit machine. The out-of-the-box Windows 7 driver works just fine!

Find the Camera device in Device Manager

device manager

On the properties sheet choose Update driver

Integrated Camera Properties

Then “Browse my computer for driver software” and  “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”

Update Driver Software I

Update Driver Software II

On my machine it only shows up one compatible “USB Video Device” – just use that driver:

Update Driver Software III

If Windows does not find this single one you can select it from the larger list by unchecking “Show compatible hardware” and choosing “Microsoft” / “USB Video Device”:

Update Driver Software VI

For some reason it does not always work the moment I installed the new driver and I had to reboot the machine. After installing the driver the device in device manager is called “USB Video Device” but after the reboot it is for some reason renamed to “Integrated Camera” but still using the Windows driver (that is the important part, you can check it in the properties sheet from within device manager). From now on it was working fine.

After some time Windows suddenly replaced this driver with the Ricoh one and the camera was broken again. To prevent Windows from doing so I uninstalled the driver package from “Programs and Features” in Control Panel.

Trackpoint Scrolling in iTunes, Thunderbird, etc.

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I’m using a Lenovo laptop and I’m a big fan of the Trackpoint mouse replacement. That is this small red thing in the middle of the keyboard some notebooks are equipped with instead of a touchpad. In fact my notebook does not even has a touchpad.

You can use the Trackpoint for scrolling like a mouse wheel when pressing the middle button and moving the Trackpoint up or down. Everybody using it will know what I’m talking about, anybody else does not need to read to the end.

But in some applications the scrolling does not work at all what is very annoying. I had the most trouble with Thunderbird and iTunes – just no scrolling.

And here is a fix for that issue. There is a file (C:\Program Files\Lenovo\ TrackPoint\tp4table.dat) on your machine when you have installed the Trackpoint software from Lenovo. Just edit that file and add some additional rows for the application with broken scrolling.

; Apple ITunes

; Mozilla Thunderbird


Remember to open the file with an editor as Administrator otherwise it would not work. I had to reboot my machine after that change. I just tested this change on a Windows 7 64 bit machine but it should work on 32 bit or other versions of Windows as well. Maybe the same fix applies also to non-Lenovo notebooks but I cannot tell. If someone out there tested it, please comment.

More on this topic and templates for some more applications (Picasa, Safar, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer) can be found at http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Fixing-Trackpoint-Scroll-for-ITunes-Picasa-Safari-Windows-Live/m-p/124378

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