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  1. I already flashed it to the newer firmware, but haven't yet flashed it to output raw images.
  2. Are you aware of any CMOS chips that can perform at least as well as the EXView HAD CCD chip? And I think Sony still makes the EXView HAD CCD, doesn't it?
  3. Maybe hanging onto the old PC would be a good idea, but that didn't really answer the question. I'm looking for somebody who's an expert at using Wcrmac, to tell me if it can work at all in Windows 7, and if not, whether or not there's a similar software that would work in Windows 7.
  4. What do you mean by WERE top of the line? Aren't they still? Do you mean that Sony no longer manufacturers EXView HAD CCD Chips?
  5. Doesn't Sony still make the EX-VIEW HAD CCD chip? I think it's used in ultra-sensitive outdoors (not indoors) security cameras (like those near the front doors or parking lots at banks, military bases, and any place that requires top-notch security at night, using only starlight for illumination). And from my understanding, lux rating is all about signal/noise ratio. When a camera is rated at 1 lux, it means that "with a typical lens, this camera can see light down to 1 lux before the signal is buried in the noise". When a camera is rated at 0.0001 lux, it means "with a typical lens, this camera can see light down to 0.0001 lux, before the signal gets buried in the noise".
  6. So how does CMOS do long exposure? CCD used charge wells. And I don't think CCD technology is dead yet. Professional astronomers like those at universities and observatories, and visible light cameras attached to multi-million-dollar deep-space observing satellites, they all use CCD cameras. Even most high-sensitivity security cameras (those so called "starlight cameras", that have sensitivity down to 0.00001 lux) still use CCD chips, not CMOS. Some cheap security cameras use IR LEDs and CMOS, but the more expensive ones use CCD chips and no IR LEDS, so they can see in almost perfect darkness (IR LEDs tend to have a dim red color, that can be seen in complete darkness, once the human eye has gotten dark adapted, and can notify a thief that they are being watched, when the whole point of a hidden security camera is to keep it hidden, so CCD cameras with no IR LEDs is preferred by security professionals). And by the way, Sony still makes those ultra-sensitive EX-HAD CCD chips for use with "starlight" security cameras.
  7. I know that most webcams use a CMOS sensor, due to how cheap they are. However, CCDs have a feature that CMOS chips don't. They can accumulate light. CMOS chips output a voltage for a given light intensity, while CCD chips store charge for as long as light is falling on it. This means that with CMOS sensors they can only output a realtime signal, but CCD chips can be used like photographic film, for a true long exposure. This is why I'm looking for a CCD webcam (already have a Toucam, but want another CCD webcam, in case my Toucam ends up getting dropped and broken). I know that few models of webcams were made that actually have CCD chips, and some of them are extremely rare (like the Philips Toucam, which is so rare that I probably am one of the few people who have one). I'm hoping that other companies than Philips may have made some CCD webcams, and I hope that there are some that might even be in production right now. I'm hoping that the Toucam's rareness is itself rare, such that most CCD webcams are easy to find. But I've not had much luck finding them. Are there any CURRENTLY manufactured (the older they are, the harder they will be to find, so currently manufactured is best) CCD webcams, made by any company? If so, is someone on this forum aware of who makes them, and what online-stores sell them?
  8. I have a Philips Toucam, that I flashed to a different Firmware, so that I'd be able to use it on Windows 7. The default Toucam drivers are not compatible with Windows 7. Since the flashing requires a live video stream, I had to use a Windows XP computer. Now that I've done that flash, it works with the newer Windows 7 compatible drivers. But now I have a problem. Now I want to use one of the other macros in Wcrmac, which lets me further alter the settings (such as to enable raw mode). All this theoretically requires is a working video stream for Wcrmac to hook, and send the commands that way. And now that my Toucam running on Windows 7 because of the previous firmware hack (which lets me use the Toucam on a Windows 7 PC), I should be able to do any other mods using a copy of Wcrmac running on my Windows 7 PC, without having to drag my old XP computer out again. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be working. Whatever technique that Wcrmac tries to use to hook the USB data stream, in order to inject the firmware hacking packets, is a technique that appears to not work under Windows 7. Or at least that's my experience. Can somebody else confirm that? Is there any way to use Wcrmac on Windows 7, or will I forever need my Windows XP computer for using Wcrmac? Is there another software that is designed to run on Windows 7, which is intended to be a Windows 7 compatible replacement for Wcrmac? Has anybody yet written such software?
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