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  • I've aquire this card for running my HPTC (notebook dell 9400, NAS) either under windows xp, or Linux

    The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook also provides encompassing 7.1 surround sound for Dolby® Digital EX as well as DTS-ES™ supported DVD movies; any DirectSound3D games and CMSS 3D virtualized 7.1 stereo music. Gamers will love the hardware accelerated EAX® 4.0 ADVANCED HD™ that not only brings games to life, but delivers maximum performance! Musicians will also enjoy true 24-bit recording and low latency ASIO support for the ultimate audio recording platform.

    if youre are using windows, i strongly recommend You to install all tools from the cd, instead of jumping directly to the website of creative to download the latest drivers: a lot of tools are not available in support section!!! speaker settings, THX console...for naming a few

    If You're using Linux, You will be happy to hear that Creative is supporting and hosting a page on their server for open source system: http://opensource.creative.com

    Creative has also create a project on sourceforge: emu10k1

    I am pretty sastified with the quality of this card, especially if you use the optical output (not so much cables floating around). I will have to test it further (under windows)

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  • The Linux Incompatibility List is an attempt to catalog and document hardware/peripherals of all kinds that do not work with the Linux operating system. Fortunately, at this point in time, there is far, far more hardware that works without any problems with Linux, so this site aims to make Linux users aware of hardware to avoid

  • In this post, I will show you how to bring an old webcam of 2000 back to life for the latest iterations of Windows Vista/Seven by injecting the firmware of another webcam into it.

    Philips Webcam ToUcam Pro -  PCVC740K

    Year 2000
    Philips Webcam SPC900NC VGA CCD with Pixel Plus

    Year 2008
    pcvc720k_40_tlf_ spc900nc_27_rtv_

    If you read the Philips Support FAQ

    You will end up with this laconic text: “There are no Vista drivers available for this product due to the product’s age.”

    Although there is an alternate way, that only work with Windows Vista, the solution I propose you is to just make the driver think that it has another webcam plugged in! This work since the reality is that most webcam out there have seen no big hardware changes since many many years. (except packaging/prize and blinking led)

    DISCLAIMER !!! I'm not responsible for damages you could cause to your webcam because of errors in realizing the described firmware upgrade...

     

     

    Success story

    The following webcam got converted successfully:

    • 1 webcam PCVC840K converted into SPC900NC
    • 2 webcam PCVC740K converted into SPC900NC

    The following failed but I was able to recover from the saved firmware:

    • Philips PCVC680 USB VGA Camera; Video

    Contact me if you successfully convert your webcam.

    How to

    You need an Operating system that is still able to recognize your webcam. Most of Philips webcams which are discontinued, and refuse to work under Vista/Seven were working under windows XP. So try to get an access to and old PC running that OS. Lucky owner of Windows 7 professional/Ultimate are able to use “Windows XP mode”.

    Download the software WCRMAC here http://www.burri-web.org/bm98/soft/wcrmac/wcrmac-2.0.85.zip and install it.

    WcRmac allows some internal memory modifications of web cams based on the Philips SAA8115 / 8116 camera chips. That are usually cameras with a 640x480 CCD sensor (various brands).

    Connect the webcam under windows XP, and install eventually the required drivers. At that point you must be to see the webcam and get an image in windows explorer. Leave the webcam running in the background.

    Download the latest firmware of the latest Philips webcam flagship SPC900NC here http://www.home.zonnet.nl/m.m.j.meijer/D_I_Y/spc900nc.bin and copy this file under  the directory

    • C:\Program Files\TWIRG\WcRmac\binary\8116 

    Start WCRMAC and connect the webcam by selecting it under the menu “webcam”

    bin-tab

    Now get to the tab “binaries” and click ''Get current and save as” to make a copy of the existing firmware to disk. Now select the latest firmware in the list spc900nc.bin and click on the button “load”

    Now the webcam should be recognized under Windows vista/ seven (even 64 bits)! It will have all the software goodies of the latest of the latest webcam: faces detection, anti flickering, up to 90 frame per seconds!

     

     

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