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Manage Hardware Expansions

Open the Manage Hardware Expansions dialog in order to connect/disconnect expansion hardware to/from your camera.


Some MOBOTIX interface ports such as the M2x USB host connector can be operated outside the official specifications in order to support extended functionality. Since this results in the risk of potential damage to standard hardware, it is imperative that you connect or disconnect expansion devices to and from you camera only when prompted to do so.

This policy ensures that non-standard signals are routed to the ports only when adequate MOBOTIX hardware is connected.

Connecting/Disconnecting Expansion Hardware

Depending on the actual camera model that you are using, the dialog's main area will display the available expansion devices in sections.

Each section contains a list of expansion device options that can be connected to this particular connector. Next to each option there is a button labeled in either of the following ways:

Note: These connect/disconnect procedures also dynamically load and unload the corresponding hardware drivers in the background. For this reason, the Manage Hardware Expansions dialog also lists internal expansion ports such as the CF card slots of the M2x - the camera can thus unload the CF card drivers in order to preserve camera resources when CF support is not required.


When problems arise during normal operation, the camera's expansion device manager automatically runs a diagnostics routine. Any issues that have been detected since the camera was initially booted will also be displayed in the Manage Hardware Expansions dialog in order to assist you in tracking down potential problems. Note, that even opening the dialog will trigger the diagnostics routine.

Storing the Configuration

Due to the potential hazards to expansion hardware described above, the camera cannot allow the actual device configuration and the camera's configuration in its permanent flash memory to get out of sync. Therefore, the user does not need to manually store changes to the expansion device setup. Instead, the camera permanently stores any changes in the camera's Flash memory.

Clicking on the Set button is not necessary to activate your settings.

Click on the Close button to close the dialog. While closing the dialog, the system checks the entire configuration for changes. If changes are detected, you will be asked if you would like to store the entire configuration permanently.

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