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Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:38 am
by smojo
Cheers folks. I found this webpage, worth a read. He describes the fakes and certain issues and how to use it properly. Paws - might be worth checking your faulty one with his advice. Maybe you have one of the fakes.

http://www.ronburyswildlife.com/2012/09/ltl-acorn-5210-and-6210-trail-camera.html

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:15 am
by oldclaypaws
Thanks Smojo. Apparently I don't have a fake, but have followed a couple of procedures to check and still no joy. It seems a software rather than battery issue, can't even access the 'set default' button, my menu is all haywire. I might try try a software re-install, have downloaded the relevant zipped files but in order to reinstall need to 'unzip' the Little Acorn files and currently can't seem to find a free winzip 'unzipper' without daft attached changes to my internet search settings. (Anyone know where to get a free no-strings winzip version?) All a bit frustrating, its gone from trying to take pictures of badgers to faffing on the PC.

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:08 pm
by outeredge
Ocp, 7-zip is the best free open source alternative http://www.7-zip.org (I work in the industry).

If you're running Windows 7 up, you'll have zip built in.

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:09 pm
by SimonFisher
oldclaypaws wrote:... Anyone know where to get a free no-strings winzip version?

I've relied on this http://www.techsupportalert.com/ as a reliable source for useful freeware for a number of years.

See this page for their review of ZIP (and other archive) tools - http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-archiver-zip-utility.htm.

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:50 pm
by oldclaypaws
Result !!

I downloaded the newer software for my camera from Ron's site, as per the link Smojo gave, and also outeredge's free winzippy software. Successfully unzipped the software, and while talking to Ron on Skype and following his expert instructions, it took all of 2 minutes to get the camera software updated & fully fixed and working. He certainly knows his stuff. Despite saying he didnt need anything for his trouble, I insisted on giving him a donation via Paypal on his website, as he's saved me from buying another camera. What a thoroughly decent bloke.

He highly rates Pakatak as sellers of little Acorn, they're cheap, the main importers, and carry all the different genuine models with a full warranty and repairs if needed by Ron.

http://www.pakatak.co.uk/shopv7/

Thanks everybody, the camera will be back in action in days and I'll link to the various films.

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm
by smojo
Cool - doesn't it feel great when you fix something.

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:05 pm
by boxerman
I've been watching this thread with interest - tho I'm a long way yet from getting my own wood, one thing that I have wanted to do for a long time is video the Badger set in my Mum's garden and I never realised I could get something to do the job for sensible money...

OK, I've taken a little bit of a gamble and ordered one from Fleabay at about £76 but thanks to this thread I should be fairly confident that I get a genuine one (they are listed as such) so a quick complaint the Ebay would very quickly result in a refund if not as advertised. I suspect warranty would be an issue but at that price I figure it's worth a punt for what I want it and if it's still running it'll eventually be useful when I do get my wood. My only grievance is that I ordered this morning at £76 and the seller has tonight reduced to about £70.... :shock: At that price it might be worth a gamble Smojo - be about a week till I get it (probably coming direct from China) so I'll let you know how it works out.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ltl-Acorn-521 ... 1e8f6c0920

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:12 pm
by Dexter's Shed
boxerman wrote:I've been watching this thread with interest - tho I'm a long way yet from getting my own wood, one thing that I have wanted to do for a long time is video the Badger set in my Mum's garden and I never realised I could get something to do the job for sensible money...



I know you probably don't need telling, but badgers setts are protected by law, taking photo's/video's is innocent enough, but be careful that your not overlooked by any of the fluffy brigade, as it can mean 6 months inside or a 5k fine

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:17 am
by boxerman
Thanks for the reminder, Dexter. No fear of that tho - it's at the bottom of a 150ft garden in what's now a suburb of Leicester and for the last 20 years we've ensured that no-one other than the immediate neighbours are even aware of it's existence. They do drive my Mum nuts at times tho digging up the garden and even into the greenhouse once...

Re: wildlife cameras

PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:03 pm
by smojo
At that price it might be worth a gamble Smojo - be about a week till I get it (probably coming direct from China) so I'll let you know how it works out.


Alright mate? Haven't heard owt from you for a while, nice to see you're still about. Yeah I might take a gamble too but it'll be a Chrissy present so I'll have to wait a bit. Let us know how you get on with it please.