HP Jornada CF camera is a cool add-on for a Pocket PC that enables picture
taking, video recording and video communications on the Pocket PC.
order to use the HP Jornada Compact Flash camera on your IPAQ
Pocket PC (or any other non-Jornada Pocket PC) you need to properly
install the camera drivers onto your device and download and install
software that will be able to utilize this camera.
2. Installing the camera
First download the CF Camera drivers from
HP's website by clicking on the following link:
Now to the tricky part. These drivers
will not install on a non-Jornada Pocket PC unless you do the installation
You need to extract the proper .cab installation file from the above
download, copy it onto your IPAQ and then run the installation on the IPAQ
itself to install the drivers. Let's do this:
First make sure your Pocket PC is
not connected to the PC via Activesync.
- Double click on the above file after
it's downloaded onto your desktop PC. This will start the
- Click on "Next >" and in the
location to save files specify "C:\HPCAMERA".
Now click NEXT again. This will extract the .cab files into the above
directory. You will now get a message saying that your device is not
connected. Click OK.
- No proceed to open the
C:\HPCAMERA directory on your
desktop PC using File Explorer. Inside this directory you will find a
file called "camppc.PPC_ARM.CAB". This is the camera driver for the
Pocket PC. Leave this window open (this is window #1).
- Now connect your Pocket PC to its
cradle and establish an Activesync connection. Once your device is
connected, click on EXPLORE in Activesync to open the "\My Documents"
folder on your Pocket PC (this is window #2).
- Now click and drag the
camppc.PPC_ARM.CAB file from the desktop PC (window #1) into the
Pocket PC's "\My Documents" folder (window #2). This will copy the
above driver cab file onto the Pocket PC.
- Now to the last step.
Disconnect your handheld device from the cradle and open File Explorer
on the Pocket PC. You will see the above copied .cab file in the "\My
Documents" folder. Tap once on the file to run the installation of the
That's it. The camera driver is now
installed onto your device. You will notice (if you go to Programs/HP
Applications on the Pocket PC) that HP has bundled some software with this
driver but it will not run on your non-Jornada device.
Installing camera software that you can actually use
There are not many Pocket
PC applications that utilize the Jornada CF Camera. However, we're aware
of two of them that you can use.
http://research.microsoft.com/~jiangli/portrait/ , a freeware "...research
prototype for mobile video communication.".
You can use Microsoft Portrait for video conferencing on your Pocket PC as
well picture taking - highly recommended.
iPictures and iVideo
by Media Motion
be used to capture videos and photos with the camera.
Both of these
applications can be downloaded from the above linked websites. Once the
software is installed, connect the compact flash camera to the Pocket PC
and run the software. That's all folks!
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