This blog post is about how I found a driver for the Tchibo TCM 234282 VGA single chip webcam and got it working with Windows 10.
Many years ago I purchased this 640×480 pixel webcam at a local supermarket! The supermarket has since changed hands and I don’t use Windows XP. The flexible webcam went into a box and stayed there, unused for many years.
I’m now using Windows 10 and I managed to find a driver that works on Windows 10 and get the webcam working!
It turns out the Tchibo TCM 234282 is also a Trust CP-2300 webcam and although they look very different, the drivers for both are the same.
Below are the ‘how to’ instructions.
Warning: I’m not vouching for the drivers and software below. If you want to try out my instructions, you do so at your own peril.
How to find and install the TCM 234282 driver
- Connect the webcam to your computer.
- Download the Vista Trust CP-2300 (VGA USB 1.1) webcam drivers and setup application 14893_14823-02_03.exe from here or here.
- Run the setup application.
- After installation open ‘Device Manager’, right click on the VGA Single Chip device and remove (uninstall device). *
- From the ‘Action’ menu at the top of device manager, select ‘Scan for hardware changes’.
Under ‘Imaging devices’ you should now see the Trust CP-2300 Webcam displayed.
The Vista driver I’m using on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit is dated 3/14/2007 and is version 18.104.22.168.
* To open device manager, you can click on the magnifying glass next to the Windows icon (start menu) and type device manager, and if it’s shown, press enter or click.
How to test the webcam using VLC media player
- Open VLC media player.
- From the ‘Media’ menu select ‘Open Capture Device…’.
- Select the ‘Trust CP-2300 Webcam’ from the ‘Video device name’ drop-down list.
- Type 640×480 in the Video size area.
- Select ‘Play. From the bottom options.
On the front of the webcam, you should be able to adjust focus by rotating the front plastic area around the lens.
How I’m using the webcam
This is a webcam that I originally used with a laptop, but I’m now testing with a tower computer! I’ve plugged the webcam into a USB extender cable and then wrapped the webcam around a plastic bottle and secured with a cable tie. It doesn’t look good, but it is doing the job.
I’ve owned better webcams and technology has definitely moved on and the video looks bad. There isn’t an in-built microphone. However if you’ve got this device already and have an urgent need, then perhaps this old technology can help.