I picked up one of those cheap mini keychain digital cameras that were on sale a while back at Canadian Tire just to see what kind of picture quality they're capable of. (Not that my expectations were set high to begin with.)
The camera has it's own unique mini USB cable with it (which will come in handy in identifying it among the other 537 varieties I also have
) and the standard male plug at the other end. I plugged the cable into the computer and a "New Hardware Found" message popped up followed immediately by a "Dual Mode Camera" message. (It can also function as a webcam.) XP then went about searching for the appropriate drivers to install, but it came up empty.
I then put the CD that came with the camera in and tried to install the drivers this way. Still nothing. I then noticed under the Drivers sub-folder that there was only a setup.exe file. I ran it and the program then proceeded to install the necessary drivers. Upon completion, a new icon to a program called MarsCam ICF was present on the desktop. After clicking on it, I discovered this was photo management software for this particular camera. When I tried to get it to read the contents of the camera however, I was told that the driver installation had failed and the program had to be shut down. I then tried to re-install the drivers and the same thing happened. I removed the "Camera Driver" listing through Add/Remove Programs, re-installed again and still the same result. I next went on search of updated drivers in Cyberspace only to find many other examples of people having the same trouble with mini cameras on XP, but no solutions that have yet to work for me.
Has anyone else had this problem with a mini camera on XP? Usually any drivers required to use a digital camera are automatically installed by XP and this is the first time I have ever seen XP not be able to automatically locate drivers for a peripheral device. What makes it even more baffling is that is clearly says in the instructions:
If you want the photos in the camera to be downloaded into your computer, you are only required to connect the USB cable to your computer and your camera.
Not so in my particular case. This is a BELL brand camera (not in any way related to the phone company) from Bell Automotive Products, Inc. of Des Moines, IA. While this product is listed on their website...
...I cannot find any mention of drivers for it there either.
While I may have overlooked or completely missed something that would solve this little nuisance, as always, any insight and assistance from any and all here is greatly appreciated.