Step 2: The CD-Drive

OK if none of those last options worked for you its now time to crack it open. So lets start with the simple components and work our way up. So the 1st component is the cd drive.

1.Make it into CD player.
Yes, this one is very simple. All you have to do is take the CD drive and the power supply out and connect them together like they were in the computer. If your PSU is the ATX standard to make the power supply work without the computer short one of the black wires and then green wire in the big motherboard connector. You can use a piece of wire or a paper clip or just chop them off and then join them. Now all you have to do is hook speakers or your hifi into the headphone socket on the front of the drive. Then press the play/fast forward on the front of it.

2.Make it into a laser pointer
If you have a DVD-RW and are not planning to use it in another computer you could turn it into a laser pointer. USE with caution


3.Make it into a safe
This makes a great hiding place. What you do is you hollow out the drive and you can use it as a great hiding place! If you are going to attempt this and are smart enough and can keep the motor mechanism (ie open and close with the open/close switch) I would suggest cutting the two black ground wires off the power connector and putting them through a basic on/off keyswitch. Therefore if you do let slip about it they wont be able to open it with out the key.


4.Make a Roulette Wheel
This is a brilliant idea. If you can never decided who is going to get the coffee or are just indecisive this is the gadget for you!

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<p>make a linux server!</p>
<p>Do you mean as a file server? Ideally you would need a lot of RAM and storage for it to function properly, and a direct Ethernet connection which isn't always convenient unless you are right next to your router (routing wires through walls especially where I live is NOT fun).</p>
a file server is FTP
you could run ubuntu or debian server
hey hope ur BBQ dont gets virus or BSOD XD XD XD XD XD <br />
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:D lol (:
<p>I just hung the mother board on my wall. The PC specs were a DUAL FREAKING CORE with 1/2 GB RAM (not sure what type). And the hard drive weighed 5 lbs. and had 60GB storage on it (Now-a-days it's that on a portable drive!)</p><p>I'm taking the CD and DVD drive and converting them into an X-Y plotter (or something useful), maybe some purely decorative/non-functional device.</p>
<p>I don't want to offend you, but please use spellcheck or proofread before you post, I had a hard time reading this. Other than that, nice article. I love recycling or finding new uses for old tech. </p>
You can make a ruler out of the ram! Fit perfectly in my pencil case !
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<p>Of course, there is that illegal thing people use them for. </p>
why can you even find computers to do this with. I've been looking but cant seem to find anything.
There are a Couple of Other things To do with a PC Box, Make a Biltong Case, A Drying Case for Drying Salted Meat, and a CD Rack <br> <br>I Love The Instructables.com 3R's reuse Reduse Recycle Look of things
Voltage will sting, but it is the amps that will kill you. You can get a nasty burn from high voltage, but what it takes to kill you is a quarter of an amp across your heart. A twelve volt car battery could give you a lethal jolt, if you got careless.
You need the voltage to get the amps! The resistance of the human body is way to high to get a zap from 12 or even 24 volts.
I think the magic number, is 42.. (no, no reference to Scott Adams). 42V, is where you begin to feel it.. Though, I got a healthy shock when I accidentally bridged a 12V truck battery to GND, but only from the plasma from the arc. (trying to un-bolt a circuitbreaker from an F930 firetruck chassis. Wrench finally loosened the bolt, but it slapped the frame.. BIG spark, and right across the back of my hand.).. the danger, is going in one hand, and through to the other. Hence, why the old Electricians idea, when working with high voltages, Always keep one hand in your pocket! <br>
&quot;Scott Adams&quot;? I seriously think you mean Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. Scott Adams is the creator of the comic strip Dilbert - and, yes, sure, there is a Dilbert strip 42. :]
24 volts is very hazardous. 120 volts will zap you and jerk you around, while 24 volts will zap you and hold you.
24 volts is not hazardous.. you won't even feel it.. unless you touch the power source with your tounge.. the tounge is sensitive, and you can feel 9 volts..
only if it has a high amperage.
AR eyou refering to AC or DC power.
up to 24 V - DC over 24 V - AC
That's right. You need volts to carry the amps across.
I wonder if there's such a thing as an electrical capacitance bracelet or something. Or something you could wear that would absorb some or most of the electricity from a zap, provided you don't touch electric poles and such.
I'm at work, this made me LoL, people looked at me funny...
maybe a layden jar that you could wear?
thats right folks, 90kar09 is spot on. I did the tests and found that around 70 volts is the highest potential a person could sustain with dry hands before the current was too much to hold. 12 Volts simply doesn't have the potential for passing enough current through you (Even if you have wet hands). Only way you have any concern is when you have a inductive load on 12 volts is turned off passing current through you when the magnetic poles collapse.
to be presise its 60 milliamps
But it doesn't usually reach your heart in time to kill you...
right, I've been zapped by the car battery when I was really young. It through me a little ways, but I'm still here!
120Ah,about 200A cold crank.
ummm, a car battery can deliver about 500 amps on average... so yeah.
You could actually hang an old or dead motherboard on the wall as geeky art too.
A friend of mine made a key chain out of some old ram chips. anyone know what parts of the pc should not be rubbed on skin? cut? digested? I think ram is fairly safe? Thanks for this compilation! Its great to reuse these old products! Recycling is grand! ****
Generally I wouldn't eat anything out of a computer. But as far as skin contact, I think most of it is safe. Though I wouldn't go poking around in the Power Supply, because they have big capacitors that can carry power for a little while.
i wouldnt eat anything out of anything electronic full stop!...without going into a heavy chemistry lesson, apart from the LEAD content of PCB's, the next dangerous things are the electrolytic capacitors, dont open one of those and suck on it...!!!<br><br>As for the rest, unless you put the bits into a blender and make a PC milkshake, i think you are pretty safe.<br><br>Give the power supply 10-15 mins..and its safe!
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