TTS Tuff-Cam – “USB Device Not Recognized”
This is the TTS Tuff-Cam 2. It takes rubbish photos and is seriously overpriced, but many Nursery and Reception teachers have an aversion to giving 3-4 year olds a cheap Canon camera that they are normally perfectly capable of using, so insist on these “child-friendly” monstrosities instead.
Against my better judgement, we bought one for our Nursery 6 months ago (and it will be the last one we ever buy). Occasionally, it goes on the blink and displays some or all of the following symptoms:
- Camera won’t turn on at all.
- Power LED appears to be stuck half-on.
- Windows displays “USB Device Not Recognized” when camera is plugged in.
- Other USB devices, such as the mouse, stop working completely a few seconds after the camera is plugged in, and start working again as soon as you unplug the camera (my personal favourite).
All of these have one simple cause: the camera is utter junk. Luckily, there is also a simple fix. Just stick a paperclip into this unmarked hole on the side for 5 seconds:
The camera will reset and probably start working again. At least, until the next full moon, or a butterfly flaps its wings near it, or something.