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    What's 3 feet long, red and pointed at one end?

    Q:What's 3 feet long, red, pointed at one end, looks cool but doesn't work?

    A: the "Oracle" rocket, containing a small video camera, the science dept have bought.

    I've installed the software on 2 XP laptops now, but on both it fails when connected as an "unrecognisable USB device", and the software they provide with it "can't find a video capture device".

    Has anyone else seen one / had problems with one??
    have we got a faulty one?

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    Did you install the software/drivers before or after plugging it in for the first time?

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    I did, and that seemed to go fine; then when I plugged it in, the trouble started.

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    I wonder if a linux box would find it... its probably a pretty bog standard webcam chip and it would save mucking about with naff windows USB drivers. Maybe worth a tickle?

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    As it happens I've got a ubuntu box doing nothing (just dipping my toe in the water and having a play when I had a spare 5 mins)... never thought of that!

    You mean just plug it in and see what happens? or do I need to do something else first?

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    How much did it cost? There's an improved version out and this is something my physics and tech dept would probably enjoy playing with.

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    That was the general suggestion...

    One of the linux video capture programs might show something up... not sure what sorta kit this is supposed to be.

    Edit: VLC might be a good mark for this

    Edit 2: looks more likely to be a standard usb mass storage, or set up like a digital camera. Try digikam also.
    Last edited by tom_newton; 10th March 2009 at 11:53 AM.

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    Thanks for the suggestions - I got round to trying it this morning.

    Ubuntu succeded where windows failed as in it detects it as a device that contains photos, and suggests a program for opening it up, but gets no further. The properties page shows 0 free space and 0 space used.

    Methinks it's goosed

    btw, our science-teaching Head fired it yesterday anyway, even without the camera working, just for a laugh



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