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Using First-gen Cameos with Windows 10 ComputersWhen I started dabbling with craftcutters about 2011, I was aware of a plethora of products that competed with the Cricuts at that time. Unlike the Cricuts, none of them could do much without a computer attached. But they could all cut original files or files downloaded from the internet in vector graphic formats, like AutoCad's .dxf files.
Proucts like Silhouette's Cameo got a boost when ProvoCraft took drastic steps to keep their Cricuts from cutting patterns that didn't come on cartridges.
Silhouette's Cameos are basically desktop plotters/signcutters, relying almost entirely on the software for operations.
Fortunately, Silhouette's "Studio" software has been improving for over a decade, and it still works with the original Cameos, as long as you can get those machines talking to your computer. And that may require a firmware upgrade by way of a blank SD memory card, the kind many digital cameras use.
As a bonus, this update also lets your first-gen Cameo work with Sure-Cuts-A-Lot5, in case you're more used to that software.
Updating Firmware on First-Gen Cameos
Last year, when I first acquired a first-gen Cameo, it worked great on a computer that started out on Windows 7 but was upgraded to Windows 10. But when I attached it to a computer that started out on Windows 10, my PC couldn't find it.
I contacted Silhouette, and received the following advice.
ConclusionI tried this on a Cameo (1) that wouldn't work with a Windows 10 computer and it worked like a charm the first time. Obviously, you can contact Silhouette if this doesn't work for you.
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This also enabled me to use Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 5 (SCAL5) with my old Cameo as well.
To be honest, I bought the first-gen Cameo mostly for testing, but it's handy to be able to use SCAL5 to drive both it and my legacy Cricuts, so I don't have to keep changing the way I work with those machines.
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As always, we want to hear your suggestions, criticisms, additions, etc. Enjoy your hobbies, and especially any time you can spend with your family in the coming months!
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