I am happy to report that I got the Whitney webcam working today. Finally!! New (to the webcam, but 5-year old) laptop. The laptop was retired during COVID due to it's sound card/microphone failing, but it runs the webcam software perfectly. It's been so long since i worked on things that it took many hours to get the thing configured the way I wanted it. I drove over last night, and installed everything this morning.
The crazy thing is that the little power supply unit to the camera--runs 5.25 volts DC--failed, so I has to replace it. Fortunately I had a spare, but that added to all the difficulty.
After getting that running, I visited the Mt Williamson motel people, and they are excited about hosting the Willi-Cam from their location. That would definitely be better, as someone will always be on-site if anything goes wrong. At its current location, sometime it takes weeks to get someone to check and see why it went off-line.
If you want to see the current pictures, you always need to refresh the page on your browser. I cannot figure out how to set up the thumbnails (or the main pictures for that matter), so the browser always pulls up the latest picture.
Here's what the webcam looks like:
Here's the mess while I was replacing the power supply:
Once all was fixed -- a webcam selfie while standing on the roof of the Lone Pine Museum of Film History.