I recently bought a new computer, but I kept some of the bits from my old computer. One of these bits was a webcam I think I bought on 2003. The D-Link DSB-C310 PC Camera. Good for its time, and still works fine. However as it was designed for windows XP (a 32 bit operating system) the driver wouldn’t work for my new computer running Windows 7 (a 64 bit operating system)
But I wasn’t going to give up and after a bit of research I found that certain web cameras and devices use the same video chip. In the DSB-310′s case its the OV519 chip. (OV stands for Omnivision) I found this by looking at the unpacked driver install files or the orignal 32 bit driver, here are the steps to finding the videochip for your webcam:
- Download the orginal driver
- Unzip / unpack files if necessary
- Look for a file named xxxxx.inf
- look in the file for the OV number in the file:
So the video chip for the DSB-C310 is OV519.
After some searching on the internet I was pointed in the direct of the Hercules Classic Webcam driver. This is a webcam that was made for XP and Vista, and as such has a 32 bit driver and a 64 bit driver, and it just so happens that the OV519 video chip is supported by the hercules classic driver. The hercules classic driver is actually designed for the OV530 chip, but is backwards compatible with the OV519.
After installing the hercules driver my D-Link DSB-310 started working again!
I hope this helps other in a similar situation.
You can download the driver direct from the manufacturer’s website:
Or you can download it direct from my blog:
For a more detailed walk-through of the install process please read the comments below.