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OT: plug and pray webcam on windows xp

Started by Dimiter_Popoff June 9, 2022
Moments ago I posted this only to SED, then remembered the chances
someone could help here are perhaps higher (unless the groups overlapp
completely nowadays....). Anyway, separate post but same, here it goes:

A somewhat moronic question but well, perhaps someone has been there
and done it.
My old (also external) webcam which I use in order to look at my lab
when I am not there (USB connected to an old xp laptop) began to lose
its presence at times (gets back on app restart but well, I need it to
work when I am not there).
So I got a new one,
https://natec-zone.com/product/lori .

Wasted me a whole day today and no chance for xp to recognize it.
On the windows 10 laptop it just works; on the xp it stays unrecognized.
I tried all the obvious, installed various drivers etc., nothing.
Found a much longer version of upnphosts.dll (something like 300k,
mine was 182 or so), nothing.
I guess I'll give up on it and get another but... it does claim to work
with XP. Haven't tried to talk to the makers, I already wasted enough
time on that as it is.
So if by some chance someone knows something I can try - some particular
driver etc. - please help. I am far from a windows freak, I can manage
little more than what is obvious to me.
The windows xp is 32 bit as far as I can tell, the laptop is acer
extensa 5630Z (has no inbuilt camera, it is > 10 years old and its
main - if not sole - function is to operate the camera.....).
I know there are many alternative ways to do it, but it would be
nice if this thing would eventually work.
On 6/9/2022 8:09 PM, Dimiter_Popoff wrote:
> Moments ago I posted this only to SED, then remembered the chances > someone could help here are perhaps higher (unless the groups overlapp > completely nowadays....). Anyway, separate post but same, here it goes: > > A somewhat moronic question but well, perhaps someone has been there > and done it. > My old (also external) webcam which I use in order to look at my lab > when I am not there (USB connected to an old xp laptop) began to lose > its presence at times (gets back on app restart but well, I need it to > work when I am not there). > So I got a new one, > https://natec-zone.com/product/lori . > > Wasted me a whole day today and no chance for xp to recognize it. > On the windows 10 laptop it just works; on the xp it stays unrecognized. > I tried all the obvious, installed various drivers etc., nothing. > Found a much longer version of upnphosts.dll (something like 300k, > mine was 182 or so), nothing. > I guess I'll give up on it and get another but... it does claim to work > with XP. Haven't tried to talk to the makers, I already wasted enough > time on that as it is. > So if by some chance someone knows something I can try - some particular > driver etc. - please help. I am far from a windows freak, I can manage > little more than what is obvious to me. > The windows xp is 32 bit as far as I can tell, the laptop is acer > extensa 5630Z (has no inbuilt camera, it is > 10 years old and its > main - if not sole - function is to operate the camera.....). > I know there are many alternative ways to do it, but it would be > nice if this thing would eventually work.
Hi Dimiter - I'm cleaning out my basement and find a set of unused Logitech Orbit USB cameras for XP. I was about to toss them into electronics recycling - yours if you want them! Thankfully I have only one Windows XP VM remaining which I must use to support an old product - and no camera needs! See ya, Dave
On 6/22/2022 18:16, Dave Nadler wrote:
> On 6/9/2022 8:09 PM, Dimiter_Popoff wrote: >> Moments ago I posted this only to SED, then remembered the chances >> someone could help here are perhaps higher (unless the groups overlapp >> completely nowadays....). Anyway, separate post but same, here it goes: >> >> A somewhat moronic question but well, perhaps someone has been there >> and done it. >> My old (also external) webcam which I use in order to look at my lab >> when I am not there (USB connected to an old xp laptop) began to lose >> its presence at times (gets back on app restart but well, I need it to >> work when I am not there). >> So I got a new one, >> https://natec-zone.com/product/lori . >> >> Wasted me a whole day today and no chance for xp to recognize it. >> On the windows 10 laptop it just works; on the xp it stays unrecognized. >> I tried all the obvious, installed various drivers etc., nothing. >> Found a much longer version of upnphosts.dll (something like 300k, >> mine was 182 or so), nothing. >> I guess I'll give up on it and get another but... it does claim to work >> with XP. Haven't tried to talk to the makers, I already wasted enough >> time on that as it is. >> So if by some chance someone knows something I can try - some particular >> driver etc. - please help. I am far from a windows freak, I can manage >> little more than what is obvious to me. >> The windows xp is 32 bit as far as I can tell, the laptop is acer >> extensa 5630Z (has no inbuilt camera, it is > 10 years old and its >> main - if not sole - function is to operate the camera.....). >> I know there are many alternative ways to do it, but it would be >> nice if this thing would eventually work. > > Hi Dimiter - I'm cleaning out my basement and find a set of unused > Logitech Orbit USB cameras for XP. I was about to toss them into > electronics recycling - yours if you want them! > Thankfully I have only one Windows XP VM remaining which I must use to > support an old product - and no camera needs! > See ya, Dave
Thanks David, really appreciated, but there is no need. I wanted to replace the misbehaving camera for nostalgic reasons (nostalgia related to the person because of whom I started using it some 7 years ago in that mode). Now this camera behaves again, has behaved for over a week (you tell me how come, was it the camera or the xp laptop which has practically no other function). And I connected the newly bought one to the 10 laptop, its view duplicates - at higher quality - the view of the old one... All this is just to keep me calm when out, we used to not leave the house unattended unless really unavoidable (like going to a hospital or the like). I could get some IP cameras but these won't change much if anything, what am I going to do in case I see what I don't want to see any different what I would do now. Dimiter http://www.flickr.com/photos/didi_tgi/