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Cant get the microscope lights to come on

My QX5 is connected via a powered usb hub to a toshiba laptop. i have downloaded the drivers from the web site and the computer appears to see the microscope as a 'camera'. I get an image from the device but no other functions . Am i missing some more software?
thanks Jon

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    Yes, you missed special software for it

  • askbar May 14, 2009

    could you make an iso and publish it!? I lost my CD as well and I find it very anoying that they do not publish all the software for download

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I have the same microscope, I ordered the actual disk from digital blue, was like 5 bux plus shipping, flee bay has em for 10 bux, the down loaded ones off internet are just drivers so your pc only can see
the device.

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  • pedrinmora2 Mar 09, 2011

    I don't have but 5 "bux" and 10 for shipping you know, Somebody have any link to donwload full cd???

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I need to run the qx5 on my new laptop that does not have a CD. can I down load the software or transfer it from CD to thumb drive?


Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers



QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit



QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit



QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

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QX5 Computer Microscope V1 Video Codecs for 32 bit versions of Vista/Windows 7

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Mar 08, 2011 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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I have lost my software disk for QX5 digital blue microscope we are a school and have a mix of computers xp vista windows 7 what do i do?


Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers



QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit



QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit



QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

Visit Webpage for Download



QX5 Computer Microscope V1 Video Codecs for 32 bit versions of Vista/Windows 7

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Feb 23, 2011 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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We lost them!)))


Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit

QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

Visit Webpage for Download


QX5 Computer Microscope V1 Video Codecs for 32 bit versions of Vista/Windows 7

Download Codecs

Feb 18, 2011 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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109 error message when running microscope


According to the Digital Blue website, there are a variety of things that can cause this error, including USB configuration issues, QX5 connectivity problems, or an improperly installed device. To troubleshoot, try the following steps. If one does not work, try the next until the problem is resolved.
1. Exit from the application, unplug the QX5 from your computer, and restart your computer. Once your computer has rebooted, plug in the microscope and restart the application.
2. If you are using a USB hub (an external device that allows you to connect additional USB products to your computer), exit the application and plug the microscope directly into the USB port on your computer. If the microscope works when plugged directly into your computer, there may be a problem with your hub, or it may not be supplying enough power to run the microscope. If your hub does not have a power adapter, you will need to plug the QX5 into your computer's USB port or use a hub that is powered.
3. If you are not using a USB hub, try different USB ports. Always exit the application, unplug the QX5, and then plug into a new USB port. Wait at least one full minute to make certain that Windows recognizes the QX5. Then start the application again. If you are still experiencing the problem, try another USB device (if possible). If no USB devices are working, there is a chance your USB ports are not working properly and you should contact your computer manufacturer to resolve the problem.
4. If you have a laptop, make sure the laptop is using its power adapter. When running on battery, some laptop computers don't supply enough power to USB ports and as a result the QX5 will not work properly.
Note: The following steps require some experience with Windows computers. If you are comfortable modifying advanced settings on your computer (like the Device Manager or BIOS), proceed at your own risk. Otherwise, respond to this email and provide your phone number so a member of our technical support team can assist you.
5. Plug in the QX5. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel and double click on the System icon. For each of the following items (if present), select that item, then click the Remove button:
  • Any devices that have a ? or ! next to them, or that are listed as "USB Camera Device."
  • The driver named "Digital Blue QX5™ Microscope #2" (located under Imaging devices).
After removing all the devices, click the Refresh button.
6. Try lowering the hardware acceleration of your video adapter. To do this, follow the steps below that apply to your operating system:
If using Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Me:
  1. Click on Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on Display.
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Click on the button labeled Advanced
  5. Click on the Performance tab
  6. -proceed to 'fix continued...
If using Windows 2000 or Windows XP (classic view):
  1. Click on Start > Settings > Control Panel
  2. Double-click on Display
  3. Click on the Settings tab
  4. Click on the button labeled Advanced
  5. Click on the Troubleshoot tab
  6. -proceed to 'fix continued...
If using Windows XP (XP style category view):
  1. Click on Start > Control Panel
  2. Click Appearance and Themes
  3. Click Display
  4. Click on the Settings tab
  5. Click on the button labeled Advanced
  6. Click on the Troubleshoot tab
  7. -proceed to 'fix continued...
...'fix continued'
While in the Performance tab, move the slider for Graphics Hardware acceleration one notch to the left. After you do this, the panel should indicate "basic accelerator function". Click OK, then click OK again to exit from the Display Properties window. Restart your computer and launch the QX5 software. If this does not fix the problem, repeat the process until all the available HW acceleration settings have been tried. (Different video adapters disable the acceleration at different points on the slider.)
7. Unplug your QX5 microscope and restart your computer in "Safe Mode." To get into "Safe Mode," you must reboot your computer and press the appropriate key before the Windows logo screen appears. If you do not know how to do this refer to your computer's manual or contact your computer manufacturer.
If you are successful in starting in Safe Mode, there will be a "Safe Mode" logo in each corner of your desktop. Then follow these steps:
a. Click Start/Settings/Control Panel.
b. Double-click the System icon.
c. Go to the Device Manager tab.
d. For each of the following items (if present), highlight the item, then click the Remove button:
  • Any device that has a ? or ! next it or is listed as "USB Camera Device."
  • The "Digital Blue QX5(tm) Microscope #2" driver (located under Imaging Devices).
e. Close the device manager, and restart your computer
f. Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel and double click the Add New Hardware icon.
Go through the Add New Hardware Wizard. When the Wizard asks if you want Windows to search for new hardware, select "Yes".
Note: You may be asked to insert your Windows CD or the CD that came with the microscope. If you are prompted to insert one of these CDs, you MUST do so or the microscope will not be properly installed. (Contact your computer manufacturer if you cannot find your Windows CD.)
g. When the new hardware installation is complete, restart your system, then try running the QX5 software again. 8. Uninstall the QX5 software (which will not delete any video or images you may have captured as long as you re-install to the same directory) by following these steps:
a. From the start menu, open the QX5 program group and select the uninstaller.
b. Follow the instructions to uninstall.
c. Restart your computer.
d. Insert your QX5 CD-ROM and follow the install instructions.
e. Plug in your QX5, wait a minute for Windows to recognize and install.
f. Start the application.

Oct 19, 2010 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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I need the software for the QX5. Is there a spot to download this info?


Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit


QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

Visit Webpage for Download

Aug 20, 2010 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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Have bought a second hand qx5 with no instructions. Can you tell me where I can get the instructions from please?


The Quick Start Guide can be downloaded here:

QX5 Computer Microscope



Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit


QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

Visit Webpage for Download


Aug 07, 2010 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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I didn't get any software with my QX5 digital microscope. Where can I download the driver


Here are the links to the available downloads from Digital Blue:


QX5/Smithsonian Computer Microscope Drivers for WIN ME, 2000, XP, Vista 32-Bit

Download Drivers


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows Vista 64-Bit

Download for Windows Vista 64-Bit


QX5 V2 Computer Microscope Drivers for Windows 7

Download Windows 7 32-Bit

Download Windows 7 64-Bit


QX3, QX5 V1, QX5 V2 Computer Microscope for Mac OSX 10.4-10.6

Visit Webpage for Download

Jun 29, 2009 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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Error message: qx5 not connected, please plug in usb.


Email Digital Blue and they will ask for your email address and shipping address. Looks like they're starting to send out the Vista version on cd via the mail, then make it available online for download later. Best of luck!

Dec 28, 2007 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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Qx5 microscope is shutting down.


Does this device run from USB power.. (no plug in power supply) if so, the problem may just be that this device (not limited to microscopes) is trying to draw too much power, as not all USB ports are born equal (a common problem in laptops). the solution is to either buy a power supply for the microscope or get a "powered" USB hub (a usb hub with it's own plug top power supply) I hope this helps

May 25, 2007 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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Qx5 is not responding


the microscope may be trying to draw too much current from your USB ports, your computer will disable the device if it does this. When this happens one of the easiest (and cheapest) solutions is to acquire a Powered USB Hub (with it's own Plug top power supply). This should aleviate any extraneous current draw to the Power supply.

Apr 28, 2007 | Digital Blue QX5 Microscope

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