Lenovo Y510P (Unsupported for Win 10) Camera Driver Needed

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  1. Posts : 11
    Windows Home Single Language; Version - 1511
       19 Jun 2016 #1

    Lenovo Y510P (Unsupported for Win 10) Camera Driver Needed

    Hi Guys,

    This is something that has been bugging me for almost a year now and I've just been really lazy to solve the issue.

    The problem is because for some reason, unknown to all except Lenovo, they decided NOT to support Windows 10 for a couple of the laptop models that they had in their product line when W10 was launched. Just my luck, my Lenovo Y510 (Model No - 20217) is among those unsupported PCs and hence there are certain features that no longer work.
    (Laptops-and-netbooks :: IdeaPad-Y-Series-laptops :: IdeaPad-Y510p-Notebook :: 20217 - Lenovo Support (US) As you can see, nothing for W10)

    PC Specs:
    - Lenovo Y510P (Model No - 20217)
    - 8GB RAM
    - NVIDIA GeForce GT755M
    - Windows 10 Home, Version - 1511
    - Intel Core i7-4700MQ CPU @2.4GHz

    The issue that I'm facing is that my Webcam just wont work. Issue that I can see:
    - The light adjacent to the webcam on the laptop keeps coming on and going off and then finally just stay off (each time I try to use the camera)
    - Skype and other applications that need my camera can no longer detect it. Initially, my video keeps on appearing and disappearing until it finally just goes and stay disconnected, as though I don't even have a camera.
    - Error message on my Camera app when I try to open it: "We can't find your camera. Error code - 0xA00F4244(0xC00D36d5)
    - When I go to my Device Manager, there is no list called "Imaging Devices" as a whole.

    There are number of users who have faced this issue and there seems to be no proper solution for this. For some, taking out the battery and carrying out a defrag worked. There were two other drivers that people said might/could work:
    - Lenovo Integrated Driver (Integrated Camera Driver for Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) - ThinkPad - Lenovo Support (US))
    - A Realtek Driver that I can no longer find.
    Either I've not installed them correctly or they both don't work as well because I'm still facing the problem.

    Could you help me out with third party camera drivers that could/should work for my laptop or anything else that you feel will help? I'm pretty sure my only option is a third party driver but there's a reason I'm here asking for help. Any info on proper installation and un-installation of drivers would also be of help.

    I really appreciate the help and hope that one of you can sort this out for me.

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  2. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    7 and 10 on various machines
       20 Jun 2016 #2

    Hello and welcome ksuthayya have had a look for a driver for your machine but there are only drivers listed up to 8.1 not 10.
    Camera Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) - IdeaPad Y410p, Y510p - Lenovo Support (US)

    Another Google found that there was no camera driver support for 10. for a similar Lenovo Lenovo Y510P (Unsupported for Win 10) Camera Drive... - Lenovo Community

    Having said that my old Toshiba was in the same position and yet when I installed 10 Windows updates found drivers for stuff not listed on the Toshiba site.

    Now a suggestion would be to get a clip on camera and install it via USB or like wise because it would have it owns driver. If my memory serves me right they are not that expensive - but still annoying eh?.
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  3. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       01 Jul 2016 #3


    Thanks, sorry for the late reply. Yes, that is precisely what I was saying, that unfortunately there are drivers listed only till 8.1. Yes, I could buy another webcam and clip it on, but then what's the point of having a fully functional webcam and buying a laptop with one? Thanks for the suggestion though :)
    So, I gather that you were also facing the same problem and settled for a third party driver for your camera that you got from somewhere else on the internet, not the Toshiba website.

    Honestly, that is exactly what I would like to do. The reason I'm posting here is to find out if anyone has an idea about such drivers that would work with the camera on my laptop. I'm sure there are similar, if not the same, cameras out there in laptops that are W10 approved!

    If anyone out here can help with the same, I'd be immensely grateful.

    Thanks again
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  4. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
    Posts : 1,027
    7 and 10 on various machines
       01 Jul 2016 #4

    I could buy another webcam and clip it on, but then what's the point of having a fully functional webcam and buying a laptop with one?
    Hmm not really sure of what this means I was under the impression that you had a laptop with a webcam but will not work on Windows 10 because there is no driver. Hence why I suggested getting a webcam that will work on the laptop??

    Anyway not being a user of webcams myself I cannot comment anymore - the one time I did try one was a long time ago and was a Logitec model but it was painfully stressful trying to get it to work. But I am surprised that 10 updates didn't come up with webcam driver for you.
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  5. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       01 Jul 2016 #5

    @ICIT2LOL You misunderstood me, I just don't want to have to get another product as whole when there should be a fix for this, get it? Thanks a lot for your suggestions though!

    I know what you mean, I never used it much but I need it now for some business video calls and can't, really frustrating.
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  6. RWOne's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
       01 Jul 2016 #6

    I apologize beforehand, but I'm going to be blunt: You've answered your own thread.

    No 10 drivers available by the Laptop manufacturer. You've tried win 8 8.1 drivers in compatibility mode, and not worked.

    You've tried drivers to whom people say might/could work. Well, until evidence is produced of another driver that DOES work, its a null point, you tried those as well and they didn't. You've shown no evidence of one of them actually working.

    You have three choices at this juncture:

    1. Go back from 10 to a fully supported OS which will include the internal webcam.

    2. Purchase a clip on webcam that works with 10.

    3. Try in vain to find a driver like everyone else in your situation with that model laptop.

    Now IMO, you can be stubborn about it (which you have already demonstrated), or face the facts that you most likely have a HW issue that will not get resolved.

    Your best bet if any is to hit the laptop forum for your model, as it is not a windows 10 issue, but one of the OEM and drivers. Or Option #2.
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  7. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
    Posts : 1,027
    7 and 10 on various machines
       01 Jul 2016 #7

    Yep well RW mate you have put that very succinctly and if the Lenovo crowd cannot come up with anything fix then I think it bad form on their part and also a total lack of planning knowing that Windows 10 was coming.

    All in all for such a small component surely they could have devised something before now - Toshiba the maker of my faithful old laptop did something about it not through their site but got something fixed via the 10 updates - which is why I mentioned that feature of 10.
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  8. RWOne's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
       02 Jul 2016 #8

    While succinct, please don't take it as I don't feel your pain in the situation, Reminds me of a $100 Logitech Orbit MP webcam I got for my daughter to use just before Win7 hit, and they figured everyone should buy the new version instead of dishing out a new driver.

    Fortunately in that case there were earlier SW/Driver's that with some reg hacking allowed it to work, but without some features (face tracking for one, who really needs that?)

    I'm not saying give up, just that the answer more likely will be found on a Lenovo related board, unless a member here has your specific laptop and could assist you.

    True a 10 update might correct the issue, however the OP indicates that in Device Manager he has no Imaging Devices category, now that (to me) indicates that his current install of 10 doesn't recognize the cam to begin with.

    Working that, if you go and show hidden devices and find an unknown device, if not showing already, then I:

    Would verify the hardware id to see if it is the cam.

    Then try to manually install the driver under the unknown device entry.

    My thought is that there likely may not even be a unknown device for it, and as such, windows doesn't know to go out and look for an update for it either.

    Would a clean install solve it? Don't know, something to try.

    Lastly, as an aside, my old IT office had a gaming Lenovo, don't remember the model, it had the same issue when updated to 10, I'm not sure if they got it working, but it triggered a last thing to try, which would be third party webcam software that might see it ...
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  9. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    7 and 10 on various machines
       02 Jul 2016 #9

    Yep well I was really referring to was with 10 the system is supposed to "look" at your system and finds updates for the gear you have in the machine - unless I have it terribly wrong??
    Now I suppose a lot depends on the age of the machine and the ability of the machine maker to come up with a driver for anything in it - having said that my Toshiba L550 is at least six years old and the updates sorted a heap of things out that their support site could not offer. Sure they had refs to 10 drivers but they fell in a heap when I tried that course of action. The only driver the updates did not find of course was the WLAN one
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  10. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       02 Jul 2016 #10

    Hi guys,

    Really appreciate all your help on this.

    Okay, getting to some of the points you've mentioned:

    - Yes, there is no "Imaging Devices" in my Device Manager but when I go to the USB Controllers list, there is one that has an error there. That, I believe, is the camera. On uninstalling, scanning for hardware changes and then updating the driver, the "Imaging Devices" tab comes back but when I try to open the camera it give me an error. I'm doing this right now as well and instead of the usual error telling me that my camera cannot be found or is being used by another app, I'm getting "Something went wrong, code: 0xA00F4271(0x80070001). Now though, it going into a loop where in the camera comes on and keeps going back off, with the light beside it doing the same.

    - RW, about trying other drivers out there, I've just tried out 2 that I could find and hence thought that maybe there's another one or two out there that could possibly work

    - You mentioned camera software that could help, examples? I'm willing to try it all.

    - Yes, if nothing works and the camera issue is one that I must solve, I will have to revert back to 8.1, which sucks because it was so bad, really slowed down my PC, and W10 is light years ahead!

    - A clean install is what someone on the Lenovo forum actually asked me to do, trying to use the default drivers that come with the laptop. Just did that yesterday, but no luck.

    Just opened Skype to check after switching antiviruses and restarting and Imaging Devices is no longer there and it is showing me an error in the USB Controllers (link attached)
    In Properties, this is the status, "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)A request for the USB device descriptor failed."

    Sigh, I'm really pissed at Lenovo, though there's not much that can be done.
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