3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite in Windows Vista

June 4, 2007

Information

The 3COM HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite was a cost reduced USB webcam.

Driver Installation

The actual 3COM Windows 2000 drivers will not work in Vista. 3COM also has ended support on the product for years now and will not update their drivers.

Luckily, the chipset in the camera is the same as the Intel PC Camera CS331! So that means the first thing you’ll need to do is download Intel’s CS331 Windows XP Driver. This driver works perfectly in Vista!

When you run the driver executable it will extract to a directory (‘C:tempcs331_XP’ is the default). The driver needs to be manually installed from this directory.

If you open Device Manager there should be an Unknown Device listed for your webcam. You need to right click the Unknown Device and select ‘Update Driver Software’ . On the next screen you need to tell it to ‘Browse my computer…’ instead of searching automatically. On the browse windows you will then need to pick the option to ‘Let me pick from a list…’. Finally you can click ‘Next’ with ‘Show All Devices’ highlighted. If you have a lot of unknown devices it should display the ‘Digital Webcam’ driver here, if it doesn’t show that then we are updating the wrong device.

On this windows we need to click ‘Have Disk…’ and then ‘Browse’ and browse to the directory that the Intel driver extracted to. If you select ‘icam3d2.inf’ and then click ok it should install the Intel driver.

Using the Camera

The camera will be listed in Device Manager under ‘Imaging Devices’, but will not be visible in the ‘Scanners and Cameras’ control panel.

You can capture video in any software that supports the WDM capture. These programs are usually for editing video. Often the option is labeled ‘Capture’ directly. Software that streams video over the internet (like instant messengers) can also use this.

You can capture still pictures from the camera by using the ‘Aquire’ menu in most photo/image editing programs. In the Intel interface you can either use the button on the camera or the button in the software to “snap” a picture. Then you select the images you want and click the transfer button to transfer them to the software.

The button on the camera doesn’t trigger the image acquisition box, because the camera is not installed in ‘Scanners and Cameras’.

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Intel Digital Media Creator in Windows Vista

June 4, 2007

Information

The Intel Digital Media creator is a portable camera that can run on battery or from it’s USB bay station.

Driver Installation

To install the drivers you will need the camera’s actual driver disc. The drivers are not available on the web because Intel sold the technology to Digital Blue. If you don’t have the installation CD, you can obtain it from bittorrent. (This link is for the direct torrent, or if it’s broken you can do a torrent search for Digital Blue). The torrent I found was ‘Intel Play.Digital Blue.Digital Movie Creator.iso’.

All you need to do is install the software off of the CD. Once it’s copied the ‘Intel Play DMC Dwnld’ device will be installed but the other two will still be unknown devices and will not install properly. After a reboot Vista will detect and install the ‘Intel Play DMC Camera’ driver. The third device (Intel Play DMC Audio) will not install properly and will still remain unknown. This is because the audio capture driver is affected by the new audio driver model, and won’t work. Vista will try to install it and then give up.

The two installed drivers are enough to allow you to capture video and download stored video off the camera.

Using the Camera

The Digital Blue software actually doesn’t work in Vista. It always reports that it can’t find the camera and cites an ActiveX control in the error message. I’ve tried the compatibility modes but it seems to never detect the camera.

The camera will be listed under ‘Imaging Devices’ in Device Manager and also in the ‘Scanners and Cameras’ control panel.

You can capture video in any software that supports the WDM capture. These programs are usually for editing video. Often the option is labeled ‘Capture’ directly. Software that streams video over the internet (like instant messengers) can also use this.

The still image acquisition does not work with these drivers, trying to use it does nothing at all.

The buttons on the camera for recording video and taking a picture also will trigger the Windows Image Acquisition list when pressed.