I got a Creative Webcam II. It does the job.
Its picture quality blows away my friends IBM Webcam. No conflicts with any software, but it is the parallel port version, no pass through for printer, but for me that is fine I have a USB printer and my parallel port printer sits on a server on the network.
If you want to use your cam-corder as I do the best low priced capture card is the Matrox G400TV, it is also your video card. Check out the www.videoguys.com . I havE a video camera , but my system is way too slow to add anything else to it. Waiting for my Athlon 700 system, then we will cook. Price for Matrox G400TV is about 299.00
All good things come to those who wait!!!!