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  • Birthday 02/07/1957
 
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  1. Thanks for confirming that it may be somewhat of a normal operation. I almost tossed the camera thinking I had ruined it. It seems like a strange way for a camera/memory card to operate.
  2. Well that is a strange one!!! I uploaded the video to Youtube so I could insert it in this thread and the video looks great on Youtube. When I viewed it on my computer it was all broken up. Below is the link to the video on Youtube. Looks like the cam is working fine. Wonder why my computer would not show the same video? I'm confused! I think the focus needs a little more work.
  3. Well Bulltalk.65's work on his Jazz DV 159 cams inspired me to hack an old Jazz DV150 I have had hanging around for a long time. I had a commercial cam that was not working so I tore it apart on Friday to see if I could get it to work but it was a no go. So I decided to salvage some parts out of it and jumped in to hacking my old Jazz instead. The hack went pretty well. Really tight solder points for my old eyes but I got it done and can't see any solder bridges. Since I had the lens out of the commercial cam I thought I would put it and its exchanger in my Jazz build, I got the new lens installed, the hack completed and put it all back together. The hack worked fine when I touch the wires together. The cam comes on and it will start to record, so I think that is all correct. I did some focusing just looking at the camera screen and it looks pretty good. So I decided to record a video to check on the focus and it is not recording correctly. I get a video image that is all broken up. Seems to be a bunch of square pixels, but you can see the where the cam is moving and recording images. I don't know how to upload the video to show you and I don't know how to better describe it. I am wondering what I could have done wrong to ruin it recording a video. My thoughts are: 1) Solder bridge, but like I said above I can't see one, 2) I did break the copper tape on the switch board at the point it is soldered to the main board. Would this cause recording problems? 3) Damaged cmos? When I screwed on the new lens could it have touched the cmos and damaged it? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'll see if I can figure out how to upload my video to show you.
  4. Berniebac

    Jazz HDV159 - Ready to start the Build

    Thanks for posting that. I have that schematic saved somewhere in my files. I also purchased similar LED's a long time ago and just never put a build together. I really should be getting on to doing one of these but things keep getting in the way. I'll get the nerve up to tackle one soon. I'll keep following along with your builds in the mean time.
  5. Berniebac

    Jazz HDV159 - Ready to start the Build

    I'd love to see some pics of your LED and driver setup and an explanation on how you wire them up. What batteries do you use to power them as well.
  6. I haven't built a cam since about 2012, so I am way behind in the driveway alert technology. That does sound like an interesting approach to have the cam ready when a critter gets in range. I may have to do a lot of research on it to figure out how that works, but it might be worth the effort. I could have bought two of the DV159's from a local store for $30.00 each but I thought I read somewhere that they were not suited to our use. Oh well, snooze you loose!!
  7. Yes I did see that, but when you have one laying around you might as well put it to use. And I would likely use it as a feeder cam for the most part.
  8. Why would you convert the camera to IR and then use a white light array. Is it to allow for future use of an IR LED array? (Sorry, reread your original post and saw that you are trying different arrays. Should have read more carefully.) The focus looks pretty good and the white light does a good job of lighting things up. I have an old Jazz DV150 that I am trying to get the courage up to hack and make into a video unit.
  9. Thanks for replying. I will take a look for some of those cameras locally to see what I can find. That video is great, very clear. I assume the motion security light was to provide enough light for the night time videos so that an IR conversion was not necessary. That is an interesting approach and one I might like to copy, but the white light could be a little unnerving for deer. And the bears would tear into it pretty good. Man they won't leave a camera alone. My brother-in-law has had two destroyed by bears.
  10. Is there a point and shoot camera that is appropriate for a video build. I have an old Jazz DV camera but was wondering if any of the newer cams have become more appropriate for a video build. Haven't built a cam in a few years but would like to have a video build.
  11. Berniebac

    What Is This For?

    Two eyes made out of coal???
  12. Berniebac

    Bf Board Question

    I just wanted to follow up on this post. I did redeploy the camera and had it out for about six weeks. It worked fine all that time. I am convinced that it was the on board on/off switch that went bad. After I installed the external on/off switch it has worked fine. I am still having a problem with moisture in this case so I think a new rope seal will be going into the case before it gets used again. Thanks for all your help it really lead me to the final solution.
  13. Berniebac

    Bf Board Question

    I have turned it on using the on-board power switch and twice it has done the funny blinking thing. Every time I turn it on with the new external switch it arms the camera as it should. I believe the on-board power switch got a little corrosion inside of it and it may be making intermittent contact and not getting enough power to the board. As long as it works OK with the external switch I am good to go. I will redeploy it his weekend and we'll see in another week how it holds up. Thanks JDH for your suggestions and guidance on getting this fixed up.
  14. Berniebac

    Bf Board Question

    I changed out the battery holder and added an external switch. I tried it about 6 times last night and every time I turned it on it went thru walk test and armed itself just fine. Tonight I am epoxying in the new battery holder so I won't be playing with it at all to test its function. Only problem is I don't know which item replaced fixed the problem, if indeed it is fixed. Will keep you posted.
  15. Berniebac

    Bf Board Question

    I have not been able to get a new battery holder, so I have not tried one yet. I think I will try the external switch and see if that helps. It could be a bad on/off switch because it acts strange when you turn it on sometimes and other times it is fine. Thanks for suggesting that.
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