My Dad updated his computer and it has no serial input...his camera cable has the 9 pin serial connector. Do you have a way to adapt this....maybe to USB? Or is there another solution...he likes the camera and is 82, so I would like to not change cameras.
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Re: Need serial adaptor/cable
Welcome to FixYa! There are DB9 to usb adaptors at any electronics store like Radio Shack or Fry's. Also there are serial connectors that connect internally to motherboards having a COM port connection if this is a desktop/tower computer. Though he likes the camera he might like the fact that newer cameras have a much higher resolution than previously available for much less than he may have paid for the present one.
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your camera should have come with a cable that plugs into a usb port on the computer andplugs into something like one of these on the camera
5-pin male mini connector, replaces B connector
5-pin mini female connector, used on most new Cameras, GPS Units, Cell Phones, Mini Hubs, Mini Hard Drives, Harmony Remotes, etc
4-pin mini male connector, replaces B connector
4-pin mini female connector, used on many older cameras; Olympus, Sony, Minolta, Kodak and Epson
I have that very same camera and the male jack is a stereo headphone 3.5 mm style with hot-insulator-hot-insulator-ground as you see normal stereo headphone jacks. The opposite end is a serial female receptacle 9 pin that plugs in as the old serial mouses did. I don't know where you'd obtain such a cord or the proper pin-out diagram, but that is what it operates on.
Serial meaning 2.5mm stereo headphone looking jack to DB9 or "atari joystick" looking plug? I had one on my first Toshiba PDR-M1 camera but that was like 9 years ago. You can probably find the pinouts online for that cable, I believe it is a standardized cable.
The stereo plug is wired to the PC serial port as shown in the
tip ring sleeve +---------------------------------+ | | /-------+-----+--------------+ | | RxD | Gnd | TxD | 2.5 mm Stero Plug | \-------+-----+--------------+ | | | DB9*: pin 2 pin 5 pin 3 +---------------------------------+
DB9*: Optionally short together pin 4 (DTR) to pin 6 (DSR) and pin 7 (RTS) to pin 8 (CTS)
The following table also describes the camera cable's wiring:
Camera PC's Plug DB9* Signal Name Direction ---- ---- ----------- --------- - 1 Carrier detect (CD) input to PC tip 2 Receive data (RxD) input to PC sleeve 3 Transmit data (TxD) output from PC - 4 \ Data terminal ready (DTR) output from PC ring 5 | Signal ground (Gnd) - - 6 / Data set ready (DSR) input to PC - 7 \ Request to send (RTS) output from PC - 8 / Clear to send (CTS) input to PC - 9 Ring indicator (RI) input to PC
* Note that the cable's D-subminature DB9 RS-232 serial port connector
is female. This connector also goes by the historically more correct
name of "DE-9J".
Simply get a cable that fits.
The camera cable should be a standard USB A for the Computer- assuming the computer has USB or is it Sony and fitted with Fire-wire in which you will need an adaptor Fire-wire to USB
The camera details are not available online as it is a discounted product, however it is supposed to have a standard RCA video out connection (probably with a yellow insulator).
To connect this to a tv you will need a standard RCA cable - you can get them as a combined 3 part cable with a red and a white one to connect the audio also if the camera has this output - maybe it uses a stereo 2.5mm jack plug on the camera end for which you can get a cable or an adaptor.
At the Tv end, the connection depends on what the tv has available - many have direct RCA input connections, if not and it only has a scart input (large rectangular plug with lots of pins) you can get an adaptor for RCA to scart in any electronics store.
After that you just need to establish how to change the source on your tv to match whichever input you are using, most tvs will have a source button on the remote that you just press until you find the right one - some tvs will select this automatically.
If you are having trouble with this, then please post back with the make and model of the tv you want to use, and if possible take a picture of the connections on the tv and on the camera (use a mirror if you cant borrow another camera) and post the photos back here - then i can tell you exactly which cables you need and how to connect it up.
Hope this helps - please post again with details and/or photos if not :)
If you only have a 25 pin serial port available, you can use a 9 pin - 25 pin adapter to connect the serial cable from the camera to the computer. Another option is to add an addition serial interface card to one of your card slots. These should be available at local computer stores.
As long as the camera is taking pictures and playing back the pictures on its LCD, most of time the camera is OK. Serial communication port of Digital Camera is rarely damaged.
If you are using Windows '95, there is a way of verifying the serial communication port. Following are the instructions:
a. Open Control Panel from the Start/Settings menu. Double-click Accessibility options, then go to Mouse and activate mouse keys. This feature enables you to use the numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer. (For details please refer to the Help index of Windows 95)
b. Turn off the PC and the Digital camera. Remove the Serial mouse from 9 pin connector, then connect Data transfer cable to the 9 pin connector and the other end of cable connect to the Digital camera. Turn ON the PC and the Digital camera. From this point the numeric keypad can be used for Mouse functions.
Start the FUJI data transfer software, select COM 1 from the Communication ports within the "Communications Settings" item of the "Camera" Menu.
c. Go to "Get images from Camera" of the "Camera" Menu. If you get a blank thumbnail, your Digital camera is communicating to the PC.
To receive thumbnails of all pictures go to "Edit", go to "Select All", then click the 3rd Icon from the left. Progressive indicator shows "Receiving thumbnails". In this case the Camera is OK, and the problem is other than with the Digital camera.