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Vaio FZ-140E Camera - posting after 2 days of web search :(

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by morland, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. morland

    morland Thread Starter

    Aug 7, 2007
    I am posting this after reaching the point of frustration and having spent 2 days trying to find a solution.

    I have a Sony VAIO VGN-FZ140E Laptop and after doing a fresh XP Pro SP3 install can't get the camera to work. The chipset is Intel(R) GM965 Express Chipset. I have tried

    1) Installing SODOTH-12946300-US.EXE (Version :, Last Modified :05/14/2007) - Problem remained
    2) Downloading and installing the Camera Driver from
    but the problem remains

    When I click on the USB Video Device in Windows Explorer I get the message
    Video Preview Failure
    Creation of the video preview failed.
    Please check the device connection and make sure that the device is not being used by another application or user.

    In Windows Explorer, when I right click on the USB Video Device and from the resulting dialog box, I click on Diagnostics, I get the following message
    Your imaging device successfully completed the diagnostic test.

    Can someone help me please.
  2. TekTime


    Sep 21, 2009
    What OS were you using prior to installing XP Pro SP3, and was the camera working prior?
  3. morland

    morland Thread Starter

    Aug 7, 2007
    The laptop came with Vista. I hated it and time has proved that it was a failed junkie product. Anyways...

    Back then SP2 of XP was available... I spent more than a month and was finally able to downgrade it to XP... Camera was working.

    The laptop got pretty messed up with all the garbage (installs and uninstalls) and choked registry so i ended up doing a fresh install very recently. I still do not have all the features of my Laptop working (function keys, S button, AV mode button in particular) but have the sounds, Wireless, and Graphics working.

    Hope this answers your question.
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