Re: RAM and Video speed

Wayne Fisher (
Thu, 11 Jun 1998 07:58:04 -0400

Just a little extension to what Gary said.... check the documentation provided
with your parallel port card and your BIOS. The best settings for a Connectix
Color Quick Cam would be to have your parallel card port set to bi-directional or
greater. This can be achieved by configuring your BIOS during startup and
tweaking the settings for the port that your camera is connected to. Since the
method for doing this is different depending on (a) whether or not your parallel
port will accept bi-directional or greater settings, and (b) the type of BIOS you
have, I really cannot provide detailed instructions. However, everyone should
note that this is NOT a Cornell or White Pine issue... rather it is a hardware
limitation imposed on how fast data (i.e. video) can pass through your parallel
port. The tweaks I mentioned above sped up my data transmission in my cam

Just my 2 cents worth...

- Wayne

Gary Dietz wrote:

> Phil,
> Don't know if you tried, but there are certain parallel port settings at
> the CMOS level, as well as updated drivers from Connectix that speed up CU
> 3.X. Also, I believe 3.1 fixed most of the Connectix slowness issues found
> in 3.0
> Gary
> At 01:23 PM 6/10/98 -0400, Phil wrote:
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Gary Dietz <>
> >To: Phil <>
> >Cc: <>
> >Date: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 6:52 AM
> >Subject: Re: RAM and Video speed
> >
> >
> >>Phil,
> >>
> >>I have no doubt that you had the problems that you did. They certainly can
> >>relate to environment and other programs running.
> >>
> >>But to make a blanket statement that 64Mb is required or you'll crash is
> >>just not true.
> >
> >
> >It didn't crash with the color Quickcam. However, I felt that it was
> >intolerably slow with that cam. I generally recommend 64 megs as a minimum
> >for any Win95 installation unless it's running strictly business software
> >without multimedia, then it can be as low as 16 megs.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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