Over the later portion of the 2000s, webcams started to be standard equipment on laptop computers. This eliminated the need to purchase a separate webcam that had to be transported with your laptop when away from the home or business. When you buy a Toshiba laptop that has a built in webcam you may need to access the webcam in order to use video messaging services such as Yahoo IM, AOL IM, or Google Video chat.
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Select the "Camera Assistant Software" program located under the "Program Files" folder accessed by opening your computer "Start" menu.
View the configuration options available for your built in webcam and microphone. In order to use the webcam you will need to use a video chat service such as Yahoo Instant Messenger, AOL IM, or Google Video Chat.
Open your Instant Messaging (IM) program by double clicking the program icon on your computer desktop. If you do not have an instant messaging service, you can sign up for a service from Yahoo, AOL, or Google through the URLs included in the resource section of this article. For Yahoo and AOL, you can download and install IM software to use with your laptop webcam on your computer.
Sign in to your IM service. Then, select the "My Webcam" icon on the application menu to enable video chat in the service. When the webcam is enabled, others will be able to see and here you when conducting a video chat session on your Toshiba laptop.
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