posted 07-26-2001 06:42 AM PT (US)
First: The way to turn your cam on is to launch your webcam software. That is probably either ChillCam or Webcam32 (it's whichever program you set up to send photos). Once you've launched and set up your program, it is "turned on".
Which webcam software are you using?
If you look over the main screens for either ChillCam or Webcam32, you'll notice that there are timers which show a countdown to when the program is going to snap a photo and upload it to CamChatting; also, if you check the menus, you'll find that there are options in both programs to have them give you an audible alert both just before, and at the instant that the program snaps a photo.
When you clicked on your name on the CamChatting web page, it launched a pop-up window of your cam. If the last time that you'd uploaded a cam image was more than ten minutes ago, that pop-up window will say that your camera is off. However, if the photo is less than ten minutes old, the pop-up window will assume that your camera is on, and it will refresh the image in the cam window every minute. So, if you've got your cam uploading a photo every minute, people watching your cam will see an update.
Also, if you are using Webcam32 (or Visions, or iVista - two streaming video programs that CamChatting can be configured to use, although CamChatting provides no support for), then viewers may also click your cam image to see your profile, and underneath your profile will be a link to your "Streaming" video. That video goes directly from your webcam to their computer screens - thus, it updates very fast; a viewer and a cam owner, each with DSL, for instance, would actually see several updates per second in most cases.