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Anyone suggest a way to disable the integrated webcam in an Inspiron 1521?

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  • You will need to uninstall the Dell Webcam Manager and Center. Why do you want to disable it? It doesn't do anything till you turn it on.

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  • KirkD

    You will need to uninstall the Dell Webcam Manager and Center. Why do you want to disable it? It doesn't do anything till you turn it on.

    Hey, Kirk! :-)

    I never use the webcam, being not-a-very-handsome old geezer.

    I also get less-than-stellar graphics performance when running some programs, especially Rome Total War <sheepish grin> , and so wanted to be sure I've turned off all non-essential services to free up memory and to ease demands on the processor. [I also turn off the Wi-Fi receiver while running the game, so I can temporarily disable BitDefender's AV module, and set it to Game Mode so it won't interfere with pop-up warnings about port scans.]

    I don't know that disabling the webcam will actually have much impact, but since it is, for me at least, a functionally useless feature, turning it off seems like the thing to do, unless it would cause problems with the system.

    I'll probably also try a ready-boost USB drive, though I've heard that also doesn't usually help much in many cases, but every little bit might help.

    Thanks for the info!

  • If you have Nvidia graphics, you should look into the power settings to make sure everything is maxed. There is a power savings setting that should be set to DISABLED for max performance, and you should set the maximum and minimum in Processor Management to 100% so the CPU won't clock down when demand is slow. Clock-up is probably fast enough to avoid stuttering, but  it might not be under some conditions.

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1 Home - 32 bit