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Finally after months, ah weeks, ok days of trying to get my QuickTake 150 connected to a computer, any computer, it is finally communicating with my Wallstreet #3 (I think I will call her Marlyn, sexy, curvaceous, looks good in black, but a bit more playful than Audrey. But then again, there was that untimely and tragic ending, so I may rethink that). First I tried to connect the QuickTake to my G5 with a Keyspan Serial to USB adapter and Classic. That was bust, but I really didn't think that would work, but it was worth a go.

Next, I tried to connect to my TAM with OS 9.1, again, a no show. After that, I tried my PowerBook 165c and found that the disk images would not fit on a floppy, (and it needed a PPC). What is up with that? I always have difficulty getting a 1.3 MB disk image to fit onto a 1.4 MB floppy. So, back to the internet to find the installers again, seems I misplaced some of the images. Found them, burned them to a disk and moved them over to the Wallstreet. Mounted them all to the desktop, and did a successful install, only after stopping to remove QuickTime from the system extensions. Seems the installer has a problem with QT 5.0, it wants to install 2.0.

Restart, and ...... nothing. Still no communication. Lights are on, and nobody's talking. Turned off AppleTalk, used the correct port, the modem port, all cables securely fastened, all tray tables in their upright and locked position. Hmmm.

Ready to give up and shove the QuickTake in the back of the junk drawer for a time out. Well, at least put it away so I don't keep going back to it to try just one more idea. Yeah, Ok, a little OCD, I admit. I put QuickTime 5.0 back in the system, and restarted to reload and Wa-La! There it was, QuickTake 150 on the desktop. And it came with 16 photos of someone's happy family back in 1999. Those cute kids are probably grown up and in jail now. Oops, I meant, in collage now.

Lesson Learned: When you've tried everything else, when you are ready to give up, when your ready to drive down town and hand it, and a ham and cheese, to the first homeless person you meet ......


Ah, if only life came with that option

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Comment by James on May 28, 2008 at 5:44am
Congrats on getting that QuickTake connected. This reminds me that we still haven't done an episode on the QuickTake.
Comment by Ryan on May 28, 2008 at 9:56am
I feel your pain ! i tried mine with my beige G3 and that didn't work because of some QuickTime issue... Then i tried it with my PowerBook 1400, that worked after a good while of trying. Sadly after i got the 'Historic photos' off the camera and deleted them, the PowerBook's HDD Died. Joy. I have got a new HDD and done a new OS install, but now when i try to install the drivers/software it says i haven't got Sys 7 or above ... What the ... ? I think i have OS 9 on there.
Comment by Derek on June 8, 2008 at 1:59pm
If you ever need alternative software "Cameraid" (shareware) was quite useful back in the day. It also communicates with other cameras that share the same guts as the QuickTakes.
Comment by Kathryn on July 1, 2008 at 1:32am
Nice tip, thanks!
Comment by Kathryn on July 1, 2008 at 1:37am
I did find and download the software. I will try it as soon as I get some time to get out the camera again, and I'll let you know how it goes.
Comment by Sean2300c on July 11, 2008 at 9:17pm
wow! that is quite a story about a quicktake! i am glad everything worked out in the end. have you gotten around to taking any photos with it yet?
Comment by Derek on September 2, 2008 at 12:56am
Any luck? Last I heard from James he was also having trouble with his QuickTake on System 7.5, then System 7.0...
Comment by Kathryn on April 22, 2011 at 1:43am

I've been going back through these for fun, and to for recall on what I have do to what machine, and what those machine have done to me. Yes, I'll have another shot please.

I did get my QT working, taking fine photos, and then put it away through a few different location changes. Reading back over these, I remember just how much fun I was having with all my Retro equipment. I have missed that.

It's all coming back out of storage soon and it's gonna be fun.


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