The 3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite was a cost reduced USB webcam.
The actual 3COM Windows 2000 drivers will not work in Vista. 3COM also has ended support on the product for years now and will not update their drivers.
Luckily, the chipset in the camera is the same as the Intel PC Camera CS331! So that means the first thing you’ll need to do is download Intel’s CS331 Windows XP Driver. This driver works perfectly in Vista!
When you run the driver executable it will extract to a directory (‘C:tempcs331_XP’ is the default). The driver needs to be manually installed from this directory.
If you open Device Manager there should be an Unknown Device listed for your webcam. You need to right click the Unknown Device and select ‘Update Driver Software’ . On the next screen you need to tell it to ‘Browse my computer…’ instead of searching automatically. On the browse windows you will then need to pick the option to ‘Let me pick from a list…’. Finally you can click ‘Next’ with ‘Show All Devices’ highlighted. If you have a lot of unknown devices it should display the ‘Digital Webcam’ driver here, if it doesn’t show that then we are updating the wrong device.
On this windows we need to click ‘Have Disk…’ and then ‘Browse’ and browse to the directory that the Intel driver extracted to. If you select ‘icam3d2.inf’ and then click ok it should install the Intel driver.
Using the Camera
The camera will be listed in Device Manager under ‘Imaging Devices’, but will not be visible in the ‘Scanners and Cameras’ control panel.
You can capture video in any software that supports the WDM capture. These programs are usually for editing video. Often the option is labeled ‘Capture’ directly. Software that streams video over the internet (like instant messengers) can also use this.
You can capture still pictures from the camera by using the ‘Aquire’ menu in most photo/image editing programs. In the Intel interface you can either use the button on the camera or the button in the software to “snap” a picture. Then you select the images you want and click the transfer button to transfer them to the software.
The button on the camera doesn’t trigger the image acquisition box, because the camera is not installed in ‘Scanners and Cameras’.