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Excellent webcam, rubbish software
on 18 December 2007
Am buying a second one of these as a present due to the outstanding quality, but if you are considering a first time purchase you should be aware that the bundled software is worse than useless, freshly downloaded or not.
I have installed this on 2 PCs: my main desktop running Win XP 64-bit edition, with an ultra fast quad core Intel Xeon processor, 8 Gb of Ram and a 256mb Nvidia FX 3500 video card, as well as a fast Core 2 Duo laptop with 2 GB Ram and a 512mb Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M video card running Win XP Pro 86x.
Power is not an issue on either of these machines until I installed the truly dreadful Logitech software, which singlehandedly slowed everything down to a completely unacceptable extent. Further, it created all sorts of conflicts with other audio devices causing them to fail one after the other to the point where nothing was working.
Fortunately, the solution in my case was ultimately simple:
1. Install bundled software
2. Plug in webcam
3. Windows Update --> Get new drivers
4. Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs --> Uninstall main software (but not the drivers)
5. Skype (only thing I require this for) can fully control webcam functionality and works like a charm.