building usb-remote-cable

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    Cheap and Easy USB Remote Cable
    « Reply #420 on: 07 / April / 2012, 20:07:31 »
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    It took me about half an hour.  I don't know how to insert images so here's the link to the Picasa Album.
    https://plus.google.com/photos/113826648328144014766/albums/5728810851357336369?authkey=CIaY0v36z7DPZA

     I used a plunge-type momentary swith- I wanted a lower profile but I couldn't find a small enough momentary rocker (I promised myself I would not start ordering parts online to keep it simple- both parts are normally stocked at Radio Shack). I didn't have the exact drill bit size for the switch, so I used one  alittle smaller then enlarged the hole by scraping the plastic (its soft enough) with a small penknife.

    I used a Radio Shack 4xAAA enclosed battery case.   Only three batteries are needed so the spare slot is where I placed the switch.  The cable entry hole is the same place as the original power leads, I pulled those back through and enlarged it with a drill bit.  I kept it tight as there wasn't enough room to tie a knot or place a cable tie on the inside to secure the cable.  I'll probably drop some epoxy in there sooner or later to keep it tight. 

    For a cable I cut up a usb extension cable- that way I can use the regular three foot USB to mini usb I carry in my camera case  (for transferring files) as th eremote cable.

    The NICE thing about this is that there is a master on/off switch- this will stop battery discharge due to inadvertant button pressing while in storage or travel AND, since the switch comes in a fourpack you have your choice of red or black button cover lol. This is about the third time I've soldered in my life, so hopefully no cold-solder problems.

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    « Reply #421 on: 07 / April / 2012, 20:36:33 »
    It took me about half an hour.  I don't know how to insert images so here's the link to the Picasa Album.
    Looks like a really nice job - thanks for posting.



    But did it really only take you a half hour ?


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    « Reply #422 on: 07 / April / 2012, 23:34:44 »
    Thanks for posting the pics.  yes, it went surprisingly fast. I forgot to make sure the hot side was pin 1, but I got lucky so I didn't have to resolder the leads.  CHDK is a lot of of fun- a lot to learn- a bit like when I got my first 286 DOS computer.  Have to find the board for scripts- the Motion Detection script keeps loading automatically so I had to delete it off the card, and I was getting some 'Luminence error", I think because of a conflict with exposure bracketing I had set. Anyway- great site/community, Hopefully I can contribute more although I'm not a programmer.

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    « Reply #423 on: 08 / April / 2012, 10:41:10 »
    Have to find the board for scripts- the Motion Detection script keeps loading automatically so I had to delete it off the card...
    Sounds like  you have enabled script activation at startup.  That has nothing to do with the motion detection script itself - you need to disable that function in the scripting menu.

    Also,  you might be interested to know that the USB remote code is completely rewritten in the development version of CHDK.  Documentation is here :  USB Remote V2

    Downloads are available here : CHDK Dev Autobuild .  Even though its the dev version, its not really any less stable than the official stable release. 


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    « Reply #424 on: 08 / April / 2012, 12:36:12 »
    Thanks- I've got an A2200, the 1.0 stable version build is still beta,so no Dev Autobuild yet, but thank you I'll keep looking it will be out sooner or later.

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    « Reply #425 on: 09 / April / 2012, 11:19:13 »
    Hi All- FYI- I was having so many problems with my username and login (which I attribute to stupidly having started my account with the facebook option), that I have abandoned that account, started a new one using the regular process (with which I could choose a more anonymous username). So, if anyone has questions about that remote you can PM/email me through this new account. But it's pretty self explanatory and easy.

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    « Reply #426 on: 18 / April / 2012, 03:09:46 »
    Hello again people. I've been away from CHDK for a while, but thought I would return because I enjoy controlling my electronics rather than letting them control me. (Same reason I rooted my Android phone)
    I still have the working cable I built, but I forgot what has to be done on the camera to set up remote usage. I have an a470. If I remember (and it could have changed) I have to put remote.(something) on the card in a specific place and do something in the menu. Is that still right?
    « Last Edit: 18 / April / 2012, 03:16:38 by Super_Dork_42 »
    "I don't care if he IS 8, I'm putting that kid on a milk carton!" - Anthony Bourdain.

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    « Reply #427 on: 18 / April / 2012, 08:11:46 »
    Hello again people. I've been away from CHDK for a while, but thought I would return because I enjoy controlling my electronics rather than letting them control me. (Same reason I rooted my Android phone)
    I still have the working cable I built, but I forgot what has to be done on the camera to set up remote usage. I have an a470. If I remember (and it could have changed) I have to put remote.(something) on the card in a specific place and do something in the menu. Is that still right?
    http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/USB_Remote_Cable
    http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/USB_Remote_V2


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    « Reply #428 on: 18 / April / 2012, 12:44:54 »
    So if I get this right, it's all ready to go, just plug in and go to the menu and enable the remote?

    EDIT : Yes, that was it. Now to search for how to make the thing boot into CHDK automatically.
    « Last Edit: 18 / April / 2012, 13:01:42 by Super_Dork_42 »
    "I don't care if he IS 8, I'm putting that kid on a milk carton!" - Anthony Bourdain.

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    « Reply #429 on: 18 / April / 2012, 17:20:35 »

     

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