Many Acer laptops come with built-in webcams, usually located on the edge above the monitor. Using a webcam is a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family, especially when you can't be there and talk with them in person. The good thing about Acer laptops is that the computer comes pre-installed with the correct drivers to support the webcam. You just need to choose a software that offers video chat capabilities.
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Choose the software you want to use. You have a wide variety of options, including Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Skype and Google Talk. All these programs are free to download, so you can try using a few to see which one you prefer using most.
Download and install the software on your Acer laptop. It will normally take between five to 10 minutes to install new software, and you should follow all on-screen prompts when directed.
Launch the webcam software you installed.
Add a person you want to connect with. When choosing the software, it makes it easier knowing a friend or family member who is also using it. To add a person, the software will usually prompt you for their user ID or e-mail address.
Initiate a webcam or video call connection with the person. Some instant messaging software offers multiple ways to connect, including text-based messages, audio and video calls. Make sure you choose the video or webcam option.
Talk to the person as you would talk to them if they were sitting in the same room. If they are using a webcam too, then you should see a live streaming video of the person on your monitor. Additionally, some video-capable instant messaging programs display a smaller, inlay box of your webcam stream.
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