You can hack some parts you probably have lying around into a cable that will let you power electronic projects from a PC.
I initially did this article on my web site at uC Hobby
but figured I would give it a try as my first instructable. Let me know what you think.
First let me say that this is dangerous. Your PC power supply should have protection from shorts but you are sure to loose any open files not if, but when you make a mistake on your breadboard. Also the PC power supply can output a great deal of current so things can get out of hand quickly. In fact, the more I think about this, the more I realize it is a bad idea.
The first two pictures show the finished product. A PC power plug with long extension wires that reach my microcontroller breadboard
. The PC provides +12 and +5 VDC.