Sony Vaio Motion Eye Camera Troubleshooting Update

I’ve noticed that a lot of people still read my post about this. It has been a few years since I first put it up but I guess Sony Vaio laptops are hard to let go. I can understand that since I still have mine and do use it occasionally.

The hardware and OS are still the same. I have a Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G that is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. To get the camera working, I did the following:

  1. Download two files: camera driver and extractor.
  2. Install the extractor. Run it and point it to the executable driver installer.
  3. Open the folder where the files were extracted to and double-click on the installer.

I used the 64 bit version since that is what I have. There wasn’t any notification or dialog box saying that it was done when I ran it. Test it by opening your video chat application and just try it out.

Thank you for visiting and I hope this still works like it did for me a long time ago. Drop me a note if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. I’m still around.


Printer Sharing: Across Windows 7 Machines

So I don’t want to buy a wireless print server just so I can print from my laptop or PC in another part of the house. How to enable printer sharing in Windows is pretty basic stuff. But I did it so might as well write about it. Got some screenshots this time too. Makes the posts a little less bland. Remember, I’m working with Windows 7 PC’s. If you have XP or Vista, you will see something different.

I used to have to bring my laptop to where the printer is and plug in the usb. I know, such a drag. Sometimes I bring the printer over to my other PC, obviously because the printer weighs less and only has two wires. Finally, I said to no one in particular, “Screw this, I can share the printer over the network”.

There are really only two steps. First, you enable the sharing on the computer that is always connected to the printer. Second, you add the network printer to the computer that you’re on most of the time. Important Note: The computer connected to the printer must be on when you print. I don’t need to explain why, do I? Because that computer basically acts as the print server. Without it, you can hit print on your other computers and watch paint dry. Not fun.

Alright. So how did I enable printer sharing on the computer plugged into the printer?

Devices and Printers

Step 1: Navigate to the Devices and Printers window. You can reach that via the Control Panel or press/click on the Home button and choose from the list. It’s not hard to find at all. You should see something like the image I have to the right.

I own an HP Deskjet D2600 and it is on and plugged into the computer I’m working with. You should have that same check mark outlined by a green circle on your printer.

Step 2: Right click on your printer’s icon and select Printer Properties. Click on the Sharing tab and check the box labeled ‘Share this printer’. The share name can be anything you want as long as you’ll be able to recognize it easily. Check, type, check then hit Apply and OK. The printer and this computer are set.

Printer Properties

Now go to your other machine, be it laptop or desktop. You’re not limited to just one. You can share this printer with as many devices as you can. But for this post, I’ll just tackle Windows 7.

Step 3: On your second computer, make your way to the Devices and Printers window again. Click on the ‘Add a printer’ option right at the top. Another window will pop up.

Add Printer

Step 4: The Add Printer Wizard will start. Choose the second option for the network printer. Remember the Share Name that you went with in Step 2? The Wizard will give you a list of available network printers for you to add. Select the Share Name of the printer you set up on your other computer. At the end of it, it will ask you if you want to print a test page.

Network Printer

I did. You probably should too. When you hear that familiar printing noise from a few meters away, you’ll know that your work is done. Rinse and repeat steps 3 and 4 if you want to share the printer to other Windows 7 devices.

These steps worked for me. It should for you. If not, pull up your favorite search engine and start looking. That’s not to say I don’t welcome comments and questions. I do. If I know the answer, I certainly will share.

Ciao for now!

Sony Vaio’s Motion Eye Camera: Post Switch From Vista To Windows 7

I wiped Vista off of my Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G and replaced it with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Everything worked, except for the internal Motion Eye web cam. I tried getting XP and Vista drivers and installed them via the admin mode. I tried to download drivers from similar models and those didn’t do me any favors either. I finally stopped and just let it go. I wasn’t using it at all anyway.

I loaned the laptop to someone for a day. When I got it back, I was told that they tried to use the camera and found that it didn’t work. I also found some camera software and drivers still installed that they must have used to try to fix it. I forgot about it after some weeks and went about my schedule.

Finally, I got a relatively boring day and thought I should try again. The first step almost always is to do a search and see what’s out there. I tried something different thought. Instead of just typing in “Sony Vaio” and “Windows 7 camera driver”, I added in the “Motion Eye” branding that’s right under the camera lens. I got some great tips from a post by JavanFace in Microsoft’s technet forum. Now, this post was nearly a year old by I decided to give it a shot.

Sony Vaio Motion Eye Camera

I downloaded 2 files first. The camera driver here and the driver extractor here. Once I had those, the next steps were very simple.

1. Install the Extractor and run it. Point it to the executable driver installer.

2. Open the folder where the files were extracted to and double-click on the installer.

For my laptop, I clicked on the 64 bit version. After running, I didn’t get any messages that it was finished or it was installed successfully. So I just went ahead and tried it with the IM software that I used most often and it detected the camera right away. Thus, my yearlong camera conundrum is solved. I hope it works for anyone else having the same issue and looking for a working solution.

If you want to look at the original thread, then click on this. Alternate driver source here.

Added February 23, 2016:  Updated driver download link.