Acer built-in webcam missing
I have an Acer laptop model V5-471G which had windows 7 Home Premium factory installed; it also came with lots of bloatware. I have deleted all of the partitions (including the hidden recovery partition), reformatted the 500GB HDD and reinstalled Windows. Windows has been updated via internet up to the most recent updates.
I have reinstalled all of the original drivers and then most of the Acer applications. When I attempt to install the Acer Crystal Eye webcam, it eventually errors with a message "no webcam found".
In Windows Device Manager, there is no "Imaging Device" section, nor is there anything image-device-related in the "USB controller" section.
A multitude of Google searches reveals nothing except a multitude of other folks searching for the same solution (on Acer, HP, Toshiba, MSI, etc.). Invariably responders say "install the correct driver", but there is no driver existing either in my backup disks or any Acer website. I believe that a driver can only be installed if Windows has found the hardware (which it appears to have not). I have searched for "Hidden" hardware, to no avail. Any fresh ideas??