3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite in Windows Vista

Information

The 3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite was a cost reduced USB webcam.

Driver Installation

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’.

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20 Responses to 3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite in Windows Vista

  1. Niels says:

    Well, it did’t work for me.
    Maybe because I got the wrong driver, i.e. the link to the driver
    was dead and allthrough I belive I found the rigth one elsewhere
    on Intel Support XP did not accept the drivers as the rigth ons for
    my camera, witch is absolutely 3Com Home Connect Lite.
    Don’t mind if you can supply a link to the driver you downloaded
    or send it to my email.
    Thanks anyway.
    🙂

  2. Niels says:

    Sorry – I was wrong in my previous reply, kinda:
    It did not work, but that was in XP. :-] forgot that I was in XP.
    Tried it now in Vista (32bit) and it works like a charm, thanks.
    😀

  3. wil says:

    Hello,
    I try the dirver from here
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=41&DwnldID=3948&agr=Y&lang=eng&PrdMap=41

    on my vista ultimate 32 bits with SP1 and it says
    “This device cannot start. (Code 10)”

    Any idea?

    thanks.

  4. keithbalomben says:

    I just tested it on my machine (Vista Ultimate 32-bit with SP1 also) and was able to install the drivers from the link above with no issues.

    You could try to uninstall the device in Device Manager, select to remove the drivers from Windows and then reinstall the driver completely from the extracted folder.

    Another solution might be to uninstall your USB Root Hubs in Device Manager (Warning: Use Safely Remove Hardware to stop any USB storage devices first). Windows should reinstall them automatically.

  5. Viv says:

    I had the same problem as wil (code 10). wil, did you figure out a solution? BTW, am using Vista Business 32-bit with SP1. Any suggestions (other than removing all my USB hubs)?

    Thanks.

    • Wil says:

      Hi Viv, I didn’t, I ended up using SplitCam (I think this is this one http://splitcam.biz/)

      Now I upgraded the machine to win7, if any one know a way to make it work on Win7 I’m interrested

      Thanks a lot for your help

      Wil

  6. TEX1103 says:

    I’ve got 3Com HomeConnect PC Digital Camera, Model 3718 (not Lite). Purchased approx 1999. I have Windows Vista. Should above latest instructions work? I’ve emailed Digi Int’l asking about drivers. Also when wiggling the wire connection at back of camera, it makes the electronic sound of a USB device being plugged in.

    • Keith Balomben says:

      Unfortunately IIRC the other 3COM HomeConnect models used an entirely different chipset so the above drivers probably won’t work.

      You can try the Win2K drivers that 3COM has on their site. If they’re WDM drivers there is always a chance they’ll work fine. It looks like all of them are packaged into installers, which might cause a problem. If the installer gives you trouble you can also try running it in compatability mode. It might still install properly (I’ve seen it work with other devices).

  7. Heather says:

    USE cnet.com to find the CS331 Driver! all support from DIGI and Intel has ceased!

  8. PETE says:

    Is there a driver for the 3com homeconnect for windows 7?
    Tried the xp ver. says it’s not a win 32 file

    Pete

    • Keith Balomben says:

      Vista and Windows 7 are pretty compatible as far as drivers go, I think it will work under Windows 7.

      If it’s saying it’s not a valid win32 file then the executable is probably damaged. If you were downloading it from somewhere it might not have finished downloading properly. I’d try it again and see if it has the same issue.

  9. Wil says:

    If any one find a drive that work for win7 can you please upload it on megaupload.com (this is free) and post the link here. Thanks

    Wil

    • The CS331 driver package will work under Windows 7 32-bit as well, I have installed it on Windows 7 myself and can confirm that it works. There is a download available from cnet (link posted above).

  10. David says:

    What can I do to install this device if I dont have the CD that comes with it?

    • I wouldn’t recommend using the CD to install the device, even if you had it. The CD that came with my webcam had a very old set of drivers and software on it which were made for Windows 2000, and it doesn’t install correctly even in Windows XP.

      There were drivers available under the legacy section of the 3COM support site which worked fine under Windows XP. They are no longer available however, as they were bought by HP who has screwed over their support web site and legacy driver offerings (like they do with every company they absorb).

      The best option is to use the Intel CS331 drivers as I have described above (and are available from the cnet link in the comments), they are a standard set of Windows drivers that can be used without any special installer programs, and they can work under Windows XP, Vista and 7.

  11. David says:

    Wow this is so frustrating. I tried the instructions at the very top.

    1) Had a code 10 error like Wil and Viv

    2) Uninstalled/Reinstalled but got a whole new set of problems and a webpage that gave me a whole new set of instructions

    Darn windows vista.

    I suggest a youtube video link showing how to install it to get step by step instructions. NOT that Keiths instructions are wrong its just that Im not as tech savy as some others.

  12. zochin says:

    Thanks a lot. It was really helpful. But the link was dead tough

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