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#1 G-Stress

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 02:45 PM

Hey guys, I have a hp tablet laptop that I'm wanting to take the webcam out and use it as a motion detection cam. The wire running to it looks kinda like a internal speaker/cpu fan type connection. I'm wondering how can I interface this via usb to another pc? Is there such an adapter or a better way?

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:46 PM

I am not sure, but I think you will need to some kind of USB controller circuit board, where you can solder the laptops camera to it.
I am doing a bit of research on the net, to see if I can find anything.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:31 AM

Damn... I was hoping there would be some kind of plug n play adapter available. I mentioned this as a suggestion in another thread I think related to security camera's and if I remember it was started by Darren or he added some sort of input and he mentioned he had done something like this before.

I wonder how he did it, if he used a laptop webcam that is. My reason for going this route is, it's very tiny, 1.3MP, the laptop is useless and free.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 04:57 AM

I am not 100% sure, how you would rig up your laptops camera to a USB.
I guess what you could do, is hit Darren at feedback@hak5.org and ask him that question.
He may be able to shed some lights, since he is into the whole electronic stuff.
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:34 AM

How many wires coming from the camera? Some webcams built into laptops are actually usb. If this is the case.. Should have 4 wires. Would be just a matter of hooking it to a usb header.
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If it looks like that and you're lucky(and lazy). You might have an open internal usb spot on your mother board. Plug it in and have at it.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:23 AM

I checked how mine webcam from old computer is connected, that computer is broken. From Webcam came 5 cables, blue, red, brown, and yellow and green together. Should It work as usb webcam. from screen comes only 1 cable out.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 05:35 AM

I checked how mine webcam from old computer is connected, that computer is broken. From Webcam came 5 cables, blue, red, brown, and yellow and green together. Should It work as usb webcam. from screen comes only 1 cable out.


If you notice from those internal usb connectors pictured in the attached image. There are actually 5 wires. I'm not positive what exactly the 5th wire is for.. But see no reason it wouldn't.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:51 PM

Mine also has 5 wire's 2 are twisted together. A friend of mine said one is probably for the built in mic. I've been trying to find a diagram that will tell me which wire is what so I can hopefully splice it into a standard usb cable.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:07 AM

Mine also has 5 wire's 2 are twisted together. A friend of mine said one is probably for the built in mic. I've been trying to find a diagram that will tell me which wire is what so I can hopefully splice it into a standard usb cable.


Could I really just connect those wire's and connect then to usb cable?

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 01:28 PM

I checked how mine webcam from old computer is connected, that computer is broken. From Webcam came 5 cables, blue, red, brown, and yellow and green together. Should It work as usb webcam. from screen comes only 1 cable out.


I opened one usb cable and there are 4 wires, and metal cover. Colers are different than those that comes from my web cam. Usb cables colours are red, green, black,and white. So which one goes to which one?




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