These Vimicro webcams can be had on ebay for around $15.
If you are anything like me, losing drivers for older hardware comes naturally. After scouring Google high and low I managed to find these working drivers.
Most search engines usually point to various sites who want to charge for this driver download. Here it is, no bull attached. Enjoy: Vimicro USB Webcam Driver 301
Works with Window98 to XP
I found the latest drivers for Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32 and 64 bit. Grab them here: Vimicro XP and Vista
And also this excellent Vimicro detection tool (with download link): Vimicro detector
The detector will download the correct driver for what ever Vimicro webcam model you have - Very handy.
All files as always, have been scanned with the latest version of Avast.
I'll keep updating this page as it seems to be a popular google search.
If you are still having major driver trouble, an application like Driver Finder can do wonders - never worry about a driver again.
There are quite a few cheap webcams available on ebay a lot still use the Vimicro chipset:
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