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Can anybody (Paul?) identify what camera this is?
(I'm looking for some driver that would get it to work on Vista/Win7)

It's some el chepo, that I got from somewhere (probably as an gift when I
signed up for a prenumeration for one computer mag or another some years

DevMgr->Properties (XPh_sp3)says this about it:

USB 2.0 compliance JPEG Video camera
And "Device Instance Id" is:

On the camera itself, nothing...

Thomas Wendell
Helsinki, Finland
Translations to/from FI not always accurate

Re: Unknown camera

Thomas Wendell wrote:
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Cameras are tricky, because the VID/PID is dynamic. Some devices are
designed, to allow the device to assume any identity. Multiple
companies use the same chip and sensor combination, and yet they
don't stick to a fixed VID/PID and a variable SUBSYS.

In any case, this is all I could find.


There is nothing listed here for it.

According to this, it has VID and PID similar to "eCOM 5MP".
The "5MP" part would be a lie, and would be an interpolated
resolution. The sensor would be smaller than that.


There is a download link on that page. There is nothing of
any real value, in terms of ID, inside the file. It doesn't
even look like a driver as such.

http://dl.free.fr/i1vloIAAX/Cam1690_093 (VID_17A1&PID_0128).zip

I scanned the download on virustotal, and it is clean. That
doesn't mean it is safe - merely there is nothing obvious
wrong with it. There is no guarantee it is even a match for
the camera. I couldn't see a VID/PID in the download.

The Summary string on the MSI file reads -

"JPEG USB Video Camera Driver v0.93"


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Paul wrote:
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"Several generic vendors are known, usually reported as TASCORP."


The last time I wanted to do a test, I ended up installing
Debian on a spare hard drive (gave it the whole drive). It
actually worked with my webcam, but the kernel crashed at one
point. I did learn the specs on my webcam, were not as stated
on the box. (My webcam does offer a relatively high resolution,
but is hard-wired limited to 5 frames per second at that
resolution. It will do 640x480 at 30FPS.)


Re: Unknown camera

finger to keyboard and composed:

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Your URL states that the camera uses a T613 chip plus a TAS5130

This URL has a snippet of info:

TASC 5130 - VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolution CMOS sensor

"Taiwan Advance Sensor Corporation (TASC) is a specialist in designing
and manufacturing of CMOS sensor used in digital imaging applications
such as PC Camera and Digital Camera."

I suspect that the VID identifies the maker of the T613 chip.

- Franc Zabkar
Please remove one 'i' from my address when replying by email.

Re: Unknown camera

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Actually, the driver that came with the camera is the same that is available
at the link you had
( http://dl.free.fr/i1vloIAAX/Cam1690_093 (VID_17A1&PID_0128).zip )
Both are version 0.97 and looks the same (on the half-size CD is also a
driver for Vista)

Thomas Wendell
Helsinki, Finland
Translations to/from FI not always accurate

Re: Unknown camera

On Sun, 17 May 2009 05:35:19 +0300, "Thomas Wendell"

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Appears to be a huanyutech model 688, or at least sold under
that name and model # if not others.

Here's a driver hosting website link to the
Win98/SE/ME/2K/XP driver:

Here's the company's driver  download page.  Both are
terribly slow.


It might also be sold under different names, I don't read
Chinese so a lot of web search hits were unreadable.

I have no idea if the driver will work on Vista or Win7, but
if the installshield program won't install it you might try
installing it onto a system running one of the above OS,
preferribly 2K or XP, then grab the folder it puts in
/program files/ and copy that over to the Vista or Win7
system and see if the new hardware wizard will accept the
driver when you browse it to the driver *.INF file in that

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