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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Orlando, Florida
Re: Added Integrated 1.3mp Camera - not too tough - 12-15-2008, 12:18 AM
Awesome news Gerallk. Hey, how did you add an internal USB? Did you follow the internal Logitech Nano mod instructions?
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Beaumont, TX US
Re: Added Integrated 1.3mp Camera - not too tough - 12-15-2008, 02:44 AM
Between that tutorial, the one for installing the hub itself, and strider_mt2k's thread about the problems he encountered during his mods, these forums had enough information (along with wikipedia) to get me mod'n my mini. Great forums!
There's a USB hub in there - it was originally one of these (found it in a bargain bin of returns at the local Radio Shack), but I took the card out of that case and installed it where the WWAN slot is. I scavenged an old 50-conductor SCSI cable and stripped off 2 x 4 conductor ribbons, and I use one of those to connect each thumb drive to the hub.
This hub is TINY!!
There are two thumb drives in there; one 16gb, the other an 8gb. The first (the larger capacity one) is located on top of the motherboard next to the bluetooth unit. The other is sitting on top of the RAM under the motherboard. I've still got 2 open USB ports on this hub, and I'm looking hard at the accelerometer mentioned on the forums, too...
Using the Ubuntu Linux OS, these drives can be mounted anywhere you need extra space. I've got that 16gb drive mounted under my home dir as "Media". I'll be using the other 8gb drive to build a Linux From Scratch install (experimenting with some LPIA optimizations and minimal tiling windowmanagers).
All this to say, I'm spending more time on my mini than I am on my desktop system nowadays... I love this device. Thanks again, folks!
Internal Mods > usb hub, 16gb flash drive, 8gb flash drive, added webcam, changed kbd
Software Mods > Dellbuntu 8.04.1 | Gentoo 2008.0
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Re: Added Integrated 1.3mp Camera - not too tough - 01-07-2009, 08:14 PM
I received my camera and bezel Monday and installed it. Here's a summary and what I learned:
1.3 Camera $34.99
Sales Tax $2.70
Again, order from the guy at 1-800-357-3355 X7419601.
Download and follow the service manual found here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s ... /index.htm
These photos are very helpful:
Follow all the steps in the service manual in order. You will find that all of the screws are the same size, so no need to keep them separate. Almost all of the plastic parts snap off and on after the screws are removed. The bezel seems the most fragile, but youâ€™re installing a new one anyway. I did not break to old one, but thought I might. Most of the connectors are very small and the locking tabs are difficult to see (a magnifying glass is helpful). The locking tabs move very slightly and parallel to the connection (use your fingernail). Some of the connectors (usually white) do no have locking tabs. The very flimsy ribbon connectors have locking tabs and be sure to release them before removal and installation. The wireless antenna connections pull straight up from the board and not sideways as you might expect. When installing the new webcam connector, it is black and the bare contacts face up when sliding the connector into place on the motherboard. You must remove the lcd panel to install the new monitor/webcam cable because it goes behind the panel. Look at the photos to see how the cable is placed. The camera is the easiest of the parts to install. Just pull the tape backing off and stick into place. Be sure to keep track of all of the cable routing (take photos if youâ€™re not sure you can remember where the guides are).
After you put it all back together, fire up the computer and you should see the â€śnew hardwareâ€ť found message and the driver will automatically be installed. After that, go to the control panel and double click on the camera icon and test it. If the camera light is on before you test the camera another program is using the camera and must be disabled. I had that problem. I installed Skype and found that the camera and microphone work great. I canâ€™t find any software that lets me make camera setting, but I think Iâ€™m missing a webcam central CD that should have shipped with the mini9. Iâ€™ve got an email into Dell customer service to find out. The regular Dell webcam central software that you can download from Dell does not work (140MB).
Overall, it probably took me three hours to do the install and I had to get help from another member. It was well worth it and the camera and mic seem to be working beautifully. Good luck.
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