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      Monday, October 29, 2012

09:11 AM - 10/29/2012

The topic: The occasional camera is back up!


Since I switched out computers a couple of months ago, I set up the camera computers differently. Used to be the weather station and the catchair cam ran on Brian’s computer, which was on 24/7.  Well, he got a new computer and it didn’t have the right hardware to run the weather station so I took his old computer, cleaned the hard drive and set up the cameras on that.  One computer dedicated to the catcams and weather station.  Except it’s not capable of running five cameras and one weather station all at the same time.

It would freeze up, nothing would work.

So, last week I decided to get the occasional camera set up on my new computer. The old camera wouldn’t work and I couldn’t find any updated driver software to get it to work with a win7 64bit system. Then I tried one of the 3 home connect/vicam/watchport cameras I’ve got and same thing.  No support from the company for new computer systems.  Then I tried a Logitech Orbit AF webcam but didn’t take the time to work the software. I saw the picture was blurry and disconnected that one (I should have checked out the software).  Then I found a refurbished Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 that I bought on Woot about five years ago.

I tried setting that up and no luck. The next day I started looking for drivers and on one of the Logitech forums I found the information I needed.  I got the camera to work.  The picture was still fuzzy, but I played with the settings and now it’s clear as a bell.

I put some hooks in the hallway wall and ran the cable along that and it’s now so unobtrusive I think I can just leave it hooked up.

And, once again, the occasional cam runs.

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