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Determine Whether the MSi Wind U100 Web Cam is On or Off

The MSi Wind U100 has a built-in web cam. But it's not always on. In fact, it's turned off by default. To turn it on you'll have to press Fn-F6. After installing Mac OS X, there is no on-screen indication to let you know if the webcam is on or off. But there is an easy way to determine that in Mac OS X.

To see the web cam, pull down the Apple menu. Select "About This Mac". Click the "More Info..." button. Click on "USB" that is under the "Hardware" category.

At this point, you will see a number of devices under the USB Device Tree. If the web cam is on, it'll show up in this list. If it is off, then it won't. When the web cam is on, you'll see the "BisonCam, NB Pro" under "USB High-Speed Bus" within the "USB Device Tree". The screen shot below shows that the web cam is on.

You can toggle the web cam on/off to see the difference. The USB Device Tree does not update in real-time. That means every time you toggle the web cam on/off, you'll have to refresh the list. You can do that by pressing Command-R.

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Chieh Cheng
Thu, 25 Dec 2008 11:16:33 +0000

please help me turn my webcam on

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:27:44 +0000

As indicated earlier, press Fn-F6 to toggle web cam on and off on the MSi Wind U100.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:04:35 +0000

thank you so much for telling me how to get the webcam working i have been trying to get it to work since christmas so thank you............. :)

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 11:28:35 +0000

OMG!! Was this all I had to do? Fn+F6?!??!? OMG!! Thank you SO MUCH for this help! :) I have been struggling with this device many many months!
And I couldn`t find help on MSI-internet sites, and I was going fustrated..
Thank you sooo much! I love you! :)

Sun, 30 May 2010 12:50:28 +0000

Now, I have an interesting situation. The F6 key on my MSI u100 is broken. Is there any other way to turn it on? Can I "fake" the keystroke somehow with software?

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 06:35:01 +0000

You'll need to get a replacement keyboard. See this thread: Replacement Keyboard for MSi Wind U100

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:13:39 +0000

thankk you soo much , you have helped greatly

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 22:12:39 +0000

Just found this list looking for cam use on Msi wind under Mac OsX 10.6.
My cam doesn't show as described above with Fn-F6 and command-R attempts.

is there a known driver to install?


Fri, 20 Aug 2010 04:45:24 +0000

What does it mean that it doesn't "show"?

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 20 Aug 2010 20:44:22 +0000

do not know who u r but God bless u for help

Sat, 19 Nov 2011 04:21:06 +0000

Thanks a lot Chieh Cheng, you helped me as well to solve my problem with the activation of my camera.

Wed, 16 May 2012 13:39:18 +0400

Wow, all this time I just figured the webcam was broken somehow 'cause I got this thing used. Thank you so much! Why on earth would they do that?

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:59:31 +0400

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