Get a Logitech QuickCam Orbit / Sphere MP working with Windows Server 2008

Logitech doesn’t support Windows Server editions which is a pain if you are using Windows Server on your workstation or want to setup a web cam server.

Luckily I have been able to get my QuickCam Sphere working with the qc1100 version of the driver (I believe this may also work with the QuickCam Pro 9000). Unfortunately I doubt that this version will work for 64-bit machines (I was working with 32-bit).

Here is a zip (52MB) of this version as you can’t download it from Logitech anymore.

Here are the steps I followed to get it to work:

  1. Unplug your QuickCam Orbit/Sphere.
  2. Remove all existing copies of Logitech QuickCam drivers and software.
    1. Go into the control panel and open ‘Programs and Features’.
    2. Then select each program with ‘Logitech’ in the name and click ‘uninstall’.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Download the ‘qc1100’ version of the driver and software which works with server 2008 using the zip link above.
  5. Extract the zip to your desktop, you should get a file ‘qc1100_server2008.exe’ and a folder called ‘Bin’.
    1. The exe is the one I downloaded from Logitech some time ago.
    2. The Bin folder is extracted from the installer so you don’t have to.
    3. FYI: To extract a zip file in windows right click the file and select ‘extract all’ then follow the prompts.
  6. Double Click the ‘qc1100_server2008.exe’ installer.
  7. Make sure you de-select ‘get latest version’ otherwise it will download the latest version of the driver software which does not work.
  8. Continue through the installer as normal.
  9. When the installer finishes Restart (if the installer doesn’t ask you to I suggest you do anyway).
  10. Now plug in your QuickCam.
  11. All being well Windows should recognise your camera and install it.
  12. Check to see if your Camera is working. If it does, great you are finished! If not read on as I had to do these extra steps:
    1. Unplug your QuickCam again.
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. Open the ‘Bin’ folder from the zip file (or extract it yourself from the installer exe).
    4. Then run the driver only installer ‘setup.exe’ in the ‘Bin’ folder.
    5. Then plug your camera in again. This time it should install and start working.

 

I hope this gets your web cam working too!