Using Endoscopes on the MAC


10-Aug-2014

While we support Windows only, we have received a number of requests for drivers for the Macintosh running OSX.

As a community service, we offer the following information, but no support is possible.

When a USB device is attached to any host computer, a process known as eumeration occurs, where the device informs the host operating system (OS) its USB VendorID and ProductID, and its various capabilities. The OS then attempts to locate a compatible driver and informs the user if a driver cannot be found.

Endoscope-1 USB\VID_093A\PID_2620

  • requires a Windows OEM driver (PixArt PAC7302)

Endoscope-2 USB\VID_093A\PID_2900

  • can use the generic Universal Video Camera driver (usbvideo.sys in Windows)
  • also has a Windows OEM driver (PixArt PAP7501)
  • uses the USB Video Class (UVC) built-in driver found in Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later.

Endoscope-3 USB\VID_0AC8\PID_3450

  • uses the generic Universal Video Camera driver (usbvideo.sys in Windows)
  • uses USB Video Class (UVC) built-in driver found in Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later.

 

Step #1: Find the Vendor and Product IDs

System Profiler is found in the Utilities folder of OSX. You can also access it through “About This Mac” by clicking the “More Info…” button.

MAC_Screen_Shot_1

Click on the USB device type in the left pane and find the device in the right pane. You should see a Vendor id and a Product id. You may have to click on the device in the right pane and read the values at bottom right.

MAC_Screen_Shot_2

Please note that OSX has simply identified that this camera has been connected to it. The driver has not been loaded, and may not even be present. In the above case, the camera is an Endoscope-2, and is UVC compatible.

Unknown at present is how to get OSX to attatch the endoscope to the driver.

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If you see any error or have additional information or clarifications, do please let us know and we’ll update this page.