Problem: Your Web camera just doesn’t activate in Windows 98. You’ve tried reinstalling the drivers, but the installation failed. The camera is not detected when you plug it in either. The USB port is enabled in the BIOS. The Web cam works perfectly on another system.
Cause: Since the possibilities have been narrowed down; the USB port seems to be the culprit.
Solution: To be doubly sure that it is a problem with the USB port, you can try installing a version of Windows with better USB sup port, such as Windows XP. If the problem persists, your USB port is definitely kaput! You are then left with two options—either buy new USB ports with cables that connect to the USB header on your motherboard (if your motherboard has such headers), or buy a USB PCI card for new USB ports to connect your devices to.