Re: More stuff...
> On Mon, 5 Feb 1996 LserkD@ccnet.com wrote:
> > and asked if there was anyway to convert it for use on the PC and was
> > told "No We make one for the PC also" So, Am I out of luck?
> Anyone out there feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but...
> The Mac version draw its power from the DIN port that it connects with,
> while the PC version connects to both the parallel port and the keyboard
> port, the second connection for power. Also, the PC version has a higher
> color-depth than the Mac version. (Got that from the Connectix web page.)
> So I *think* there is more than just a difference in cables, perhaps an
> internal controller chip. If you could get pinouts for both the PC and
> mac cables, you could try an adapter, though I don't think it would work.
> My opinion is mostly due to the fact that the two models have different
> capabilities. Plus, if a simple adapter would work, why are there two
> different models?
I suspect you could get the Mac version to work, given the right cables
(power and all), but you'll have to do some programming. Also,
remember that the MAC version doesn't have a 6bpp mode, while the PC
does. I suspect the handshaking is a lot easier with a serial
connection than a parallel connection, but the parallel connection has
to be a lot faster.
Supposedly the Mac QuickCam can operate at different speeds, but I'm
not sure how it decides which speed to work at. It might autodetect
automatically, or there might be a reset sequence that tells it which
speed to use. You'd probably have to snoop on a Mac's conversation
with the thing to understand what's happening.