Announcing the WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget

I wanted some more proof that my .NET Sidebar Gadget Creator works so I started a new .NET based UserControl from scratch. Guess what, it does work. After I wrote the code for the WebCamControl in .NET, I fired up the .NET Sidebar Gadget Creator, went through the wizard to create the gadget files and it worked the 1st time in the Sidebar. It literally took me about 1 minute to get it up and running (not counting the code for the actual WebCam stuff).

Here's a screenshot:


Here's a link to download the gadget:

 Please note that this has only been tested locally on my machine using a LifeCam VX-6000. Your webcam may or may not work. If it does, let me know. If it doesn't...I guess let me know that too 🙂

Comments (57)
  1. Announcing the WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget

  2. jinishans says:

    hey its a nice one. it’s working with my dv9500t hp laptop’s webcam also

  3. jkpelaez says:

    Hey Mark.

    Not working for me and my HP dv2000 Laptop the error message :

    System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException(0x80070057) not valid arguments


    DirectShowLib.DsError.ThrowExceptionForHR(int 32 hr)



    Regards from Bogota – Colombia

  4. jkpelaez:

    One thing I noticed is that if you have another application using the camera, it won’t work. DirectShow only seems to like it when 1 application uses it and will return errors when another application (e.g. the gadget) tries to stream the camera data. Is that the case with you possible?

  5. jkpelaez says:

    Mark, No other application looked like usign my web cam at that moment, however I reset my computer, try again and now is working like a charm.

    Could you send me or publish the code for the web cam stuff?,

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards from Bogota – Colombia

  6. dan says:

    works nicely with logitech quickcam epress. Thanks!!

  7. Boof says:

    I have no idea what I’m doing — but seems to work w/ my ancient Intel USB Video Camera III.

  8. halonxtdoor says:

    hey looks like a sweet gadget BUT it does not work and i have the LifeCam NX-6000 i dont have the VX but it wont work and i really need a webcam sidebar gadget so help please thank you 🙂

  9. I’m working with the built in HP laptop webcam.  Any experiences with that web cam yet?

  10. Anders Jonsson says:

    ig works on my sony Vaio own webcam =

  11. Romeo Pruno says:

    per gli amanti deella sidebar e dei relativi gadgets vi giro un post di Mark dove segnala il rilascio

  12. Damien says:

    I have a built-in laptop webcam.. will this work, and what kind of information do I fill in?

  13. Terry says:

    Works on my webcam built into my HP dv9543cl notebook.  Great work!  Would be nice to have an on/off toggle…

  14. dlr says:

    the thing works on my new hp laptop hp dv 9000 built in web cam.  the laptop has dual turion dl-64, (2.3 ghz x2=4.6), 3 gigs of ram, 240 gb hd, man its sweet

  15. matt says:

    nice done man !!!

    It works on my asus G1S notebook (build in webcam)

    really nice 🙂

  16. Mess says:

    Webcam works well alright with dv9500 hp (like the guy on your first comment) But i hope theres a way to make it like stay in there and in the same time, would be able to use on yahoo webcam. It seems it doesnt work together.

  17. James R says:

    Its about time some one’s has made one but it does not work and i have the LifeCam VX-6000 and tryed rebooting my PC but have had no luck. If you could tell me how to activate it it would be most kind of you. Thank you?

  18. Mike R says:

    Works on dv9000 hp internal webcam

  19. Trey D says:

    Where did the link to download this go?

  20. Jason says:

    What if we have more than one webcam installed? Is there a way to pick a source? It’s displaying the webcam I don’t want to show…

  21. Kevin says:

    Great gadget, I was hoping someone would create one for Lifecam vx6000. Problem though, I installed your gadget and it’s showing me my cable tv I have plugged into my media center, not showing me my running webcam. Any suggestions???

    Thanks in advance.

  22. Darryl says:

    Working on my Hp dv9000 builtin webcam. Works with Manycam as well, allowing you to use it and another webcam program at the same time.

    Great work.

  23. I’m having a problem about this web cam on HP Pavillion 9000 laptop, and i need to know how to acitivate it, everytime when i want to use it during Msn Messenger and i wanted to talk to my friends, they can’t see me, please help me out!

  24. TulsaDavid says:

    It gave an error when my HP Pavilion dv9000 built-in webcam was already in use by QuickPlay. I closed it, and within a few seconds it was working perfectly.

    Thank you very much. Great contribution.

  25. James Kim says:

    Hello, I installed this on my brand new HP tablePC, TX1320. And it works perfectly!!

    It has a built in webcam…

  26. Baumi says:

    Hi Mark.

    Works perfectly on my dv6500.

    Great Work!

  27. Ryan says:

    It doesn’t want to work with my HP Pavilion dv9000 (64-bit Vista)

  28. Bogdan says:

    works like a charm with my logitech deluxe for notebook. keep up the good work 😉

  29. Aidan says:

    Hi i love this it works with mine

  30. Hello Mark,

    thanks for this great gadget, it works absolutely fabulous with my Logitech QuickCam Express.

    I wrote a Webcam gadget once as well, but mine could only handle "external sources" as it consists of only HTML and JavaScript. I got many requests for an additional source: a local webcam.

    So my question to you is: how would you feel about it if I add your gadget-functionality into my gadget? I will ofcourse mention clearly that local-functionalities are written by you.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Best regards,

    Robin Paardekam

  31. Works well with my Dell Built-In camera. Good work Mark!

  32. Israq Khan says:

    ya, Its working fine with my webcam Zebronice EagleEye Model ZSC0211

    thnx dude.

  33. kuya says:

    does anyone know ho to use thw vaio built-in web cam with yahoo messenger?

  34. Micha says:

    Works fine with an EyeToy camera 🙂

  35. Thanks a lot for this Gadget!

    I am using the built-in Webcam of the Samsung SM225UW, and it works perfectly!

  36. Serge says:


    Working with VideoCAM GE111 with driver 2.0

  37. Fix says:

    Working with a laptop ASUS M51sn with webcam integrated on the laptop.

    Nice job.

  38. mazzio says:

    You´re a genious, thank you !!!

  39. Evert says:

    It Works nice using a generic webcam. now i can keep an eye in the front door.

  40. Zarko says:

    Nice, it also works on my Acer Aspire 8920g-934G64BN with a Acer CrystalEye Webcam.

  41. Roger says:

    it works perfectly with my dv6000

    very nice

  42. Tom says:

    Works great with my super-old USB 3Com HomeConnect camera. Good job!

  43. MIchael McShane says:

    Hey it works very nice. I have it pointing at my doorway of my cube so no one can sneak up on me.


  44. Hello!

    The gadget works on my cheap-bum Vimicro USB cam, BUT there i cannot find a handle to move or close the gadget. It’s not that i dislike the gadget itself, but i’d need to flip the picture not to have the people in it hanging with their feet from the roof, and for that i need the camera control, which won’t open since the camera is streaming to the gadget…

    Apart from that little detail, thanks for your proof-of-concept!


  45. Drew MArold says:

    Works on my MacBook Pro running Vista. Is there supposed to be a ‘Settings’ option ? All I could do is turn it off, didn’t seem to want to undock, and no right click menu. Also is there a way to take a snapshot & save it ?

  46. John Moore says:

    It seems to work fine on my HP Pavilion dv6120ca notebook. Thanks!

  47. Matt Stoney says:

    Works on my Dell Inspiron 1318 Notebook with Vista Home Prem SP1

  48. pk says:

    hey it doesnt work with my dell xps m1330

  49. Martin says:

    Doesn’t work with the cam in my Gateway LT3103u

  50. William Lynch says:

    Sounds like a nice gadget. Didn't work on my VX 1000 however. Urecoverable error of some sort. I have a screen shot of the error if you want it.

  51. TheLoner says:

    Doesn't seem to work when you have a TV tuner and a Webcam installed on your machine.

    Would be nice when it could be reconfigured.

    I have a TV tuner and 3 webcams.

  52. Sekissme says:

    It is work on my laptop Acer TravelMate 6291! It's cool!

  53. Zarko says:

    It also works on my other newer model Acer Aspire 8930G-944G64BN too.…/xtahp6iu.jpg

  54. Lala says:

    Any where to get this now that the gadget gallery is retired by microsoft?

  55. Gordon says:

    Mark Schmidt's WebCam_1.0.gadget

  56. guest says:

    file has been deleted…  Try again please!

  57. xpclient says:

    New link:…/WebCam.gadget Unfortunately, IE10/Windows 8 seems to break it?

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