That mysterious QuickCam
Wim Lewis writes:
> The web page states that the PC version is probably just the Mac
> version with a converter in the connector shell. Without actually
> getting a Mac camera and ripping it apart to compare insides, this
> seems very unlikely:
Yes, I've been told by someone who signed the nondisclosure that it's
NOT a Mac camera. Probably the only things shared are the CCD, the
eyeball, and the case.
> I've traced most of the interesting-looking parts of the camera board,
> guessing at the identity of the unmarked SMT devices. I'm working
> on the board in the connector, though I'm not sure how much good
> that would do without knowing how the PIC is programmed.
No, I think that's the key -- knowing how the PIC is programmed.
> If anyone else is approaching this from the hardware side, speak
> up, we can compare notes.
I've been using a logic analyzer on the parallel port pins, but
someone pointed out that using it on the bus side of the parallel port
would tell me a LOT more about what the software is doing in terms of
I/O, which is, from my perspective, a lot more interesting.
> Has anyone tried running the driver software under, say, WINE? Does
> that work? Can WINE (or any other emulator) be configured to trap
> and log accesses to certain I/O ports?
I know that DOSEMU can do that.
> I'm not 100% familiar with the '386+ protection mechanisms, but it
> seems this should be possible in theory.
Hmmm... That would certainly work. I don't think it would tell you
any more than the bus side of the parallel port though.
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