Drake L Legg
2020-09-14 13:58:55 UTC
pressing need, I am considering acquiring one or more "integrated"
webcams presumably from eBay and elsewhere and attempting to modify it
by adding a USB cable so I can use with my current system. I have
already seen plenty of tutorials and videos on the modifications, and
the process looks simple enough with good results if one keeps in mind
whether or not a voltage drop is needed for webcam power as apparently
some use 3V and not 5V USB, and also taking necessary static and
soldering precautions. However, there's one important thing that seems
to be missing with the online information: precisely which webcam models
are suitable-- especially, formerly integrated boards that would offer
at least 720p resolution as well as audio output along the same USB data
As an initial experiment, I extracted an integrated webcam from an old,
unused no longer functioning HP DV5 laptop. After a bit of trial and
error, using a multimeter, as well as referencing online information, I
was able to adapt it to USB and it is currently working on my system.
However, it is not HD and the audio had a digital output separate from
the four wire USB output. I was unable to adapt its audio, so ended up
having to use a separate electret mic plugged into the desktop. This,
although workable, is not desired and I would like to have the audio
coming from the camera as well, with the audio part of the same two USB
I'm no expert in this and trying to keep it as simple as possible.
Webcam board voltage is the most critical aspect, but I'd like to know
if there's an online resource somewhere listing what integrated models
are suitable for the job and what the particulars are per model (HD or
not, audio output, etc). So far, I have not had luck finding beyond
"generic" generalized information so, if anyone can suggest a source,
please share. I need to get a workable system up and running by the end
of this week. I would be using the hacked webcam on either Win 10 or
Ubuntu as I run dual boot systems.
Thank you in advance.