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fire-1 400 woes

January 16, 2007 | 8:41 pm

Hi jitterers!

I’m working with a fire-i 400 from Unibrain, and an XP machine. Never
again after this project though, I swear it. The camera keeps
shutting itself off after an indeterminate amount of time (it varies
from 36 hours to 4 hours).

This has happened with both the Windows drivers and the fire-i
drivers. Currently, I’m working with the windows drivers,
surprisingly enough, they seem less wonky.

I have adapted a somewhat brute force method to keeping it open,
sending a close/open message every hour between 8am & 8pm, and sending
close once at 830pm. While this works, it’s obviously not ideal.

Can someone suggest a more elegant solution to this rather mundane
issue? Most of the time there is no movement in front of the camera,
so looking for a lack of change isn’t the best solution.

Thanks

~s


January 16, 2007 | 10:59 pm

you know

they were remarkably nice when I called them trying to work something out a couple of years ago – I would call them and see if they can help you

the person I spoke with was seriously on the ball and one of the nicest tech support interactions I’ve ever had – plus they let me return my equipment in exchange for other equipment at no charge etc

so – hey why not…

best of luck
jamie

—– Original Message —-
From: Scott Fitzgerald
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:41:05 PM
Subject: [jitter] fire-1 400 woes

Hi jitterers!

I’m working with a fire-i 400 from Unibrain, and an XP machine. Never
again after this project though, I swear it. The camera keeps
shutting itself off after an indeterminate amount of time (it varies
from 36 hours to 4 hours).

This has happened with both the Windows drivers and the fire-i
drivers. Currently, I’m working with the windows drivers,
surprisingly enough, they seem less wonky.

I have adapted a somewhat brute force method to keeping it open,
sending a close/open message every hour between 8am & 8pm, and sending
close once at 830pm. While this works, it’s obviously not ideal.

Can someone suggest a more elegant solution to this rather mundane
issue? Most of the time there is no movement in front of the camera,
so looking for a lack of change isn’t the best solution.

Thanks

~s


January 23, 2007 | 2:16 pm

hey dude.

Could be a hardware issue, either with the camera itself or the XP
machine. Is the camera powered externally? I guess so, because most
PCs don’t have powered firewire ports, but if this one does, I’d bet
that is the cause. Maybe there is a power-saving option somewhere
that turns off the port after some time? Or motherboard issues.
Otherwise, there was a problem with bad chips in the cameras last
year, maybe this is a remnant from that, and you need a new camera.
I second the idea to call tech support, I’ve had good experiences
with unibrain’s support.

-ev

On Jan 16, 2007, at 8:41 PM, Scott Fitzgerald wrote:

> Hi jitterers!
>
> I’m working with a fire-i 400 from Unibrain, and an XP machine. Never
> again after this project though, I swear it. The camera keeps
> shutting itself off after an indeterminate amount of time (it varies
> from 36 hours to 4 hours).
>
> This has happened with both the Windows drivers and the fire-i
> drivers. Currently, I’m working with the windows drivers,
> surprisingly enough, they seem less wonky.
>
> I have adapted a somewhat brute force method to keeping it open,
> sending a close/open message every hour between 8am & 8pm, and sending
> close once at 830pm. While this works, it’s obviously not ideal.
>
> Can someone suggest a more elegant solution to this rather mundane
> issue? Most of the time there is no movement in front of the camera,
> so looking for a lack of change isn’t the best solution.
>
> Thanks
>
> ~s


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