How to Install a CIF Single Chip

By Michael Wallace

Updated September 15, 2017

Many webcams that you connect to your computer via USB cable are CIF single-ship cameras. These cameras are compatible with the Windows operating system. If you have recently upgraded the OS on your computer, you may need to re-install the driver. The CIF single-chip driver is software that allows the computer to communicate with the camera.

Launch your Web browser from your computer's desktop and access a site that offers driver downloads for CIF single-chip cameras (see Resources).

Click on the "Download" tab near the driver to download the driver to your computer.

Place your CIF single-chip webcam on top of your computer and plug the USB power cable into an available USB port on your computer.

Press the "Power" button on the camera itself to turn it on.

Click on the camera icon on your computer's desktop to launch the capture screen. With the new driver installed, you should be able to use your camera with no problems.