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I like to improve myself and things I find :) Learning new things every day is next to impossible but I still try - only a working brain can work. I have no special sector to cover, electronics, electrical stuff, 3D printing, restoring old clocks and furniture. Whatever sounds interesting I try it. In my spare time I love to fly big kites, go fishing or simply go bush in 4WD to find a good fishing spot. Active spam fighter!

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    Ok :(The overnight upload failed with some error I can't find anywhere on Filefactories websites.Trying again in 500mb chunks, if all goes well the Kodi 16 and 17 versions with all mods and added programs should be available in about 12 hours - say thanks to my snail speed internet connection....

    The uploads for the full app pack and new launchers with Kodi16 are ready :)

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  • Downunder35m commented on AshishJ61's forum topic Doors and WIndows Automation8 hours ago

    Please delete your other topic to avoid confusion and maybe get some more responses.Patience is the key here ;)

    A belt and pulley system like used for most CNC or 3D printing projects might be far easier to build.And you can change the torque going to the mechanics as easy as changing to different sized pulleys.Don't know your size limits but have you considered going scrap?At the wreckers you can get motors for car seats dirt cheap if you don't mind taking them out yourself.Running on 12V and with massive torque through their lead screw you won't need any complicated mechanis - just use them like a pneumatic piston ;)Some even come with built in limit switches.Bit of a pain to take apart and place in a new spot but these switches can be misused to set the open and close position for the window.This way you only need to connect power to the right wires to make them open and close....

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  • There is no real puzzle....Either a special capacitor is used to store the energy or a weirdly designed battery.In any case from there you will have a operating voltage, the power cord usually just interrupts things with a switch in the plug.Remove the battery, disconnect the "switch" and connect a suitable DC power adapter in place for the battery.

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  • Downunder35m commented on Purple Chez's forum topic sound effects modules8 hours ago

    Don't know, maybe the obvious like sound module record play?Gives things like this for example:http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/10s-10-Seconds-Sound-re...If you need longer times, bigger batteries or so just scroll until you find what suits your needs....

    You can find a lot of cheap modules on Ebay.Some as a bare circuit board, others with a case, battery holder and all.Sound quality differs so it pays off to check the specs carefully.Should be easy enough to modify any on-off/play buttons to your needs...

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    In the final stages now to get the updated Kodi addons integrated and to modify the kernel so it is fully unlocked and with support for SuperSU.Also really struggling to make the UI show some pop up or message that the initial boot is finnished - thanks to Marshmallow installing all apps in the background while reporting instantly all updates are already finnished.The kernel itself refuses to let me fully decode it by using some hash checks for certain parts that so far I have not figured out.That means I can't unlock a custom bootanimation through the kernel or access the hidden partitions created during the first boot.Same story for the encryption on certain partitions which, with the added problem name space speperation makes copying system files after the first boot a pain.Unless ev...see more »In the final stages now to get the updated Kodi addons integrated and to modify the kernel so it is fully unlocked and with support for SuperSU.Also really struggling to make the UI show some pop up or message that the initial boot is finnished - thanks to Marshmallow installing all apps in the background while reporting instantly all updates are already finnished.The kernel itself refuses to let me fully decode it by using some hash checks for certain parts that so far I have not figured out.That means I can't unlock a custom bootanimation through the kernel or access the hidden partitions created during the first boot.Same story for the encryption on certain partitions which, with the added problem name space speperation makes copying system files after the first boot a pain.Unless every single file gets the correct permissions it simply won't work.The kernel for the "public" version of the X96 is unbranded by all means but in return with a bootloader that can only be integrated correctly if the USB Burn Tool is used.After that it is even more limited than our current bootloader as the integration of SuperSU at boot level fails due to hash checks of all system files during the initial boot.Finding that out meant for now I will abandone the public version and stick to what I already know to handle.I hope that I can upload a first beta today or tomorrow.For everyone keeping up to date here:The current state of my beta includes the following additional apps and modifications:SuperSU replaced the simple Superuser app.Full support for SuperSU at kernel level allowing full integration and automatic updates.The filebrowser was replaced by the FX File browser, a much better browser with root support and things people will need when working on their Android system.Mbox Launcher is still included but I added the XMBC Launcher for Kodi and the ADW Launcher for those doing more with their box.For ADW there is also the Black and Blue Icon pack available - a good combo on a TV screen.Of course the wireless keyboard and mouse problem is fixed, meaning pressing OK or Enter reall does that instead of producing unwated characters.The on screen keyboard can be disabled with the ALTGR key - press twice.F8 still starts Kodi whenever you want it.CTRL+ALT+DELETE will perform an instant reset, so handle with care!Modbro is updated same for the Kodi addons - still worth checking if updates are available as they sometimes come often.Of course the power menu is added in all launchers and within the Kodi Favourites.The IR button for this is hardcoded into the kernel which makes reading any key presses for power through an app a useless undertaking.The key is not even routed through the normal IR remote function embeed in the Android system.And since the USB ports are useless for the keyboard once the box is off....I tried to activate the HDMI control functions for a host in the kernel.But I don't have a TV that would support his, so feel free to check if your box with this mod will turn itself on when you switch the TV to the corresponding HDMI port.All additional files required for the installation are stored on the system partition and deleted once the Kodi addons have been installed.Apart from a massive boost in free system space for those loving a lot of games on their box it also allows me to provide two setups in one.The only difference between the Naked Kodi Box and the Full Apps version is that I won't include anything apart from a file browser and the original Google pack for the Kodi one.In case you don't even want Kodi but only a massive amount of free space in the system partition let me know in the comments and I will include a version with dummy files for the installation that resule in a naked box with just Google and a file browser.Anyone here tried the already available versions and wants to share some first thoughts on it?

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  • At least some smart thinking inside a request for once :)Done that stuff a few times and in many cases the voltage used is not what your battery will supply, sometimes with audio equippment you also need a negative voltage additionally to the "normal" supply voltage.Assuming you only need one or two positive voltages the best option is to use a voltage regulator with good filters (check datasheet).A mixer should not need much power so you can avoid noisy step up or step down converters.

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  • You problem was already solved many times ;)Batteries and wind generators are not a new thing and adding a computer instead of a fridge or lightbulb does not make any newer...You need to know how much power your setup requires, from there how much run time you need, this gives you the minimum capacity for the batteries.Of course you need to add some extre for times of less wind, heavy gaming or simply longer use.Once you know how much energy your wind generator can produce and how much your batteries can store you might want to get computer parts designed for low power use (or being efficient on batteries) - like a laptop....

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  • Downunder35m commented on lowen1's forum topic Seeing apparatus for the blind2 days ago

    Hmmm....Apart from being quite short there is nothing new in it.You say "If you want to try, then please help people see." - how does that work with a flowchart?

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  • Downunder35m commented on TXVisual's forum topic Dremel Micro Repair/Reuse6 days ago

    I would put my bet on the batteries.Once could be dead or with a faulty protection circuit.A good charger will stop charging once it senses this problem.Replace them with new batteries and you should be fine.Keep in mind these things don't really like to be sitting unused in a shed for months.Maybe it was just waiting for you to fix it so you have more fun together? ;)

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    For some reason the editor messud up the links and they disappeared, sorry for that.The first two are back online and the next will follow tonight.

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  • Ca't tell you for your model, but I know from experience that it is not worth trying to avoid extra work.To me it looks like you have to remove the entire panel as otherwise you would be able to access to winder.

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  • True 8bit Photo Engraving on Chinese Laser Cutter - Maybe a Worlds First?

    Thanks for working this out, I guess other people reading this will like your findings!Might be a good idea to upload your code to Github or a filesharing site in case someone would like to try your code.

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  • Sounds like the blocking mechanism is jammed.Will require you to take the panel off and the winder out.There is a little plastic bar that moves with the weight of a stell ball - like a rocking horse.Due to dirst and lack of lube they can become stuck.Sometimes you are lucky and a bit of oil and wiggling will do the trick, sometimes things are broken.If in doubt replace the entire unit with a cheap one from the wreckers.

    So what exactly is the problem??Not winding up fully? - replaceNot moving at all? - maybe fixableBelt twisted and stuck in the buckle? - fixable

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    Found a new image for the X96 on Baidu the other day.Unbranded public version.Meaning it contains the standard Amlogic S905x Bootscreen and the original Mbox boot animation.The Kodi addon pack is also slimmed down a bit, from what I could gather at a first glimps mainly those addons that never updated and failed to work.Only problem is that is an image file meant to be used with the USB Burn Tool to directly flash it all through a USB connection.There is also a bigger Kodi pack available for different sales version of the X96.An additional 25mb in the packed form of addons, some for asian languages.I am now considering to convert just the system and data part of the unbranded rom.The Kodi addon installation for the first boot I would like to modify too.IMHO it is a total waste to leave ...see more »Found a new image for the X96 on Baidu the other day.Unbranded public version.Meaning it contains the standard Amlogic S905x Bootscreen and the original Mbox boot animation.The Kodi addon pack is also slimmed down a bit, from what I could gather at a first glimps mainly those addons that never updated and failed to work.Only problem is that is an image file meant to be used with the USB Burn Tool to directly flash it all through a USB connection.There is also a bigger Kodi pack available for different sales version of the X96.An additional 25mb in the packed form of addons, some for asian languages.I am now considering to convert just the system and data part of the unbranded rom.The Kodi addon installation for the first boot I would like to modify too.IMHO it is a total waste to leave this in the system partition only so it can be installed again after a factory reset.Since we do have a working recovery now we can make direct backups of everything and won't need to modify our Kodi again or update an endless list of addons and scripts.For Kodi that would mean moving the archive containing the addons to the internal SD so it can be deleted without problems.Only drawback here is that after a factory reset this archive would be lost.Last problem I am still facing is to create a working, modded firmware that already contains a nice collection of programs, improvements and a proper launcher.Despite testing with an unsecure bootloader and kernel certain parts of the firmware fail to act as I predict.Let me give you an example:After the initial firmware update the box needs to reboot to finnish the installation.At this point the other partitions are set and initialised and the data is created.The allowed functions for the official updater script are limited too.Meaning without changing the kernel and bootloader it is impossible to create all partitions first and then to populated them with the correct data.There are so far two workarounds that I am currentl testing.Number one is to use the naked rom as a base and to provide an aroma installer so the user can install all the things they need without adding what they don't want.I don't really like this option too much as with the current limitations certain launcher settings are lost and for some reason Kodi messes up the addon installation.Number two would be to provide nandroid based backup of all programs and added/changed features.This could also be used to include later system or bootloader/kernel changes.Obvious downside here is that it is only for more experienced users as I can not automate everthing through a recovery script - I am still learning!Despite the number of views the feedback seems to be a case for my crystal ball, so unless someone has a feature request or wants some programs included I will experiment with my own collection ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on sctirvn687's forum topic CMOS Battery options1 week ago

    Shelf life means they will still have a usable charge by 2024 - or you could hope they have.Problem is that they are not really designed for that kind of application as the usage is only slightly over the self discharge ratio.Keep in mind your cmos battery only needs to provide backup power when the computer is off.And since you will only loose the settings but not the actual bios I still see no benefit at all.Considering the costs and work involved I would not take the chance and just replace the CR with a quality one and forget about it ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on sctirvn687's forum topic CMOS Battery options1 week ago

    WHY would you want to do that??A proper CR2032 as a backup for settings and clock will last about 5-7 years.Alkaline batteries about 3 before encounter leaking and corrosion on your motherboard.

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  • Start writing your code, test it and come back with the problem you face- this includes posting the code in question.Otherwise please consider paying someone to write the code for you - plenty of commercial websites available for this task if you look for it.

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  • Works fine for me using full html.Maybe if a few hundred more people complain about the totally useless editing functions some code monkey will actually wake up and provide us with a proper editor and editing options.If you do it as the site wants you to then all is fine, just accept a bunch of pics in a fixed place with no usefull references ROFL

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  • True 8bit Photo Engraving on Chinese Laser Cutter - Maybe a Worlds First?

    I did not activate a moving build platform inmy code, nor did I ever test it.So can't really give much help for that.If you mean a fixed table and a homing problem then it will be either in your Gcode or the setup for the printer software.A fixed offset means it stays active all the time, so the axis moves up or down first, then to the start position for the print.An offset in the Gcode will be handled differently depending on the placement and where/how the homing is performed.

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    Hitting a little snag here with the more complex updates as the X96 default kernel is secured and prevents proper Nandroid dumps.Reading up now on modifying kernels....

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  • Make Your Own Ferrite to Improve Magnetic Fields

    If things would be that easy...Problem is density and with the oxide it really needs to be as fine as possible.You might get away for some time if you add a tiny bit of water with gum arabic as a binder and compacting it really hard.Main problem is movement once a strong magnetic field is applied, that is why proper cores are usually like ceramic.

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  • Downunder35m commented on froman's forum topic Elevator or counterweight lift beds1 week ago

    Cool that these old ideas for small spaces are coming back in a modern form :)Back in my early years we created a set of fold up bed's similar to what you have in the picture.And as Kiteman pointed out we had to redesign a few times due to the forces on the hinges.Main factor here was not really the weight of the frame but the matress itself.We ended up using half a meter of angl iron on the sides and for the horizontal frame to support "bearings" made from tube steel and brass rods.If you want to lift a bed horizontally and only with mounts on one end it will be really tricky!Could be the reason for about half of their asking price, the half is the design and materials.I did some small scale tests with wood and steel bars here to get a pysical feeling of the forces involved -...see more »Cool that these old ideas for small spaces are coming back in a modern form :)Back in my early years we created a set of fold up bed's similar to what you have in the picture.And as Kiteman pointed out we had to redesign a few times due to the forces on the hinges.Main factor here was not really the weight of the frame but the matress itself.We ended up using half a meter of angl iron on the sides and for the horizontal frame to support "bearings" made from tube steel and brass rods.If you want to lift a bed horizontally and only with mounts on one end it will be really tricky!Could be the reason for about half of their asking price, the half is the design and materials.I did some small scale tests with wood and steel bars here to get a pysical feeling of the forces involved - just by hand though to know how much it twists my arms when the pieces get longer and heavier...Here is what I could come with to counteract the bending forces:Try to use your phantasy here as I am again too lazy to try a hand drawing that might confuse you more ;)The bed itself is raised from the floor to allow easy getting in and out - this is your fisrt plus point.Imagine a big T but sideways please.The long leg of the T would go into the bed frame to hold it.The short legs of the T are as long as the bed frame is above floor level.The short ends are also what is used to connect to the lifting mechanics.Like that the big load of the bed is spread to two point that are quite far apart.The top of the T will be pulled off the wall, while the bottom will be pushed into the wall.The twisting happend where the legs of the T get together and that area needs to be really strong.To make this movable you need a U-profile as used in steel construction.With strong enough wheel and of ball bearing for them on the top and bottom of the T you only need to make sure the wheels are mounted so the horizontal part of the T really is horizontal.With a connecting bar on top of the U-profile you can use counterweigthts between the profiles to go up and down in the middle.Best thing here is that you can cover it all with a board without wasting much space.And of course with the right weights you could even use a motor to make it go up and down or some springs and a locking pin to hold it on the floor.....

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    Update: The first downloads are available :)

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  • Sorry, but my crystal seems to have problems getting me an image of the affected electronics.....

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  • Downunder35m commented on dalegribble's forum topic Digital sundial 2 weeks ago

    123D had this program to make your own carboard creation in slices.Not sure though if you can find a suitable file to import for this job.But you can always create your own there...

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  • Might be a stupid question but do you suggest to find the missing 10.5W?Last time I checked my electronics skills I failed to generate power sufficiently from thin air ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on john.walsh's forum topic Drive Shaft To Pulley2 weeks ago

    Yes, but only if the shaft actually allows for it.Usually they are hardened steel and for the sprocket is a cut out section - not big enough for the grub screw to hold on.But you got me thinking....Assuming the diameters match than it should be possible to use an angle grinder or a really good file to make a small notch for the grub screw....

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  • Downunder35m commented on mehran1376's forum topic ultrasonic cleaning machine2 weeks ago

    A second topic for this won't give you any different answers.If your patience is that short a Google sear would have given you the answers you seek - provided that correct search terms are used.

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  • Downunder35m commented on john.walsh's forum topic Drive Shaft To Pulley2 weeks ago

    You don't....

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  • Considering these installations require a licensed technician I fail to see your point.

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  • Check the datasheet and reference information for your module ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on 4DIYers's forum topic Making a Wireless Security Camera3 weeks ago

    Should work from what I can see.But again, if you use the "base" of a cheap WiFi cam maybe even with pan and tilt function you will have the stuff already included.For a fixed installation with a fixed viewing field it would not matter.

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  • Downunder35m commented on HavocRC's forum topic Will a SSR work with a PWM signal?3 weeks ago

    Sorry but I fail to follow in all parts...How exactly does a motor cut a PWM signal?What has it to do with relays?And again: What do you mean by cutting a PWM signal?

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  • Cool, that was a quick fix!Please make sure the code monkey get some extra bananas for their good work!

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  • Downunder35m commented on 4DIYers's forum topic Making a Wireless Security Camera3 weeks ago

    A standard and old school video transmitter will work.Gives you the same AV output.Problem is that this only works for standard resolutions, anything HD and it really comes cheaper to buy the lot.Some cam apps allow the input of a normal video signal, but of course you will need a dongle of some kind or a graphics card with video input.If it is standard resolution you can always buy a cheap WiFi cam and connect your cam instead of the build in one.With a bit of work you can even convert a pan and tilt camaery system to hold your cam instead, but not sure if the motors will handle the extra weight properly.

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  • Downunder35m commented on ccyg8774's forum topic What's the name of this brass part?3 weeks ago

    1+Literally everyone has a different name for it, similar story for the plunger thingy used to free blocked drains.Seems unless enforces a standard the names just keep piling up.

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  • LED's I tried a few times to actually get the warranty to take hold.So far no luck though.Despite providing the original purchase receipt I never got my money or a replacement.Common excuse is that they can't tell if it is the lamp I bought with that receipt or one that is a few years older.Going above retail level only Osram and Phillips both offered warranty return forms and exchanged the broken bulbs.Downside is that I had to pay the postage and with that (registered with signature required) the saving was only a few cents if you take current prices.But I noticed while dismatling them that:a) I never had failed LED's.b) I never had a failed electrolytic capacitor.c) I always had the little IC failing - the one that controls it all.If you are half decent with a soldering iron and only...see more »LED's I tried a few times to actually get the warranty to take hold.So far no luck though.Despite providing the original purchase receipt I never got my money or a replacement.Common excuse is that they can't tell if it is the lamp I bought with that receipt or one that is a few years older.Going above retail level only Osram and Phillips both offered warranty return forms and exchanged the broken bulbs.Downside is that I had to pay the postage and with that (registered with signature required) the saving was only a few cents if you take current prices.But I noticed while dismatling them that:a) I never had failed LED's.b) I never had a failed electrolytic capacitor.c) I always had the little IC failing - the one that controls it all.If you are half decent with a soldering iron and only have the same type of LED lamps the replacement IC off Ebay is only a few cents if you take more than 5.

    They are considered to be a case for the rubbish tip.The glass is very thin and a lot of metal is directly fused together with it.The energy required to recycle them is far higher than the cost of making the same amount of glass, aluminium and copper fresh.Since they are filled with inert gas there are no issues with the disposal either.

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  • Did you try to clear your browser cache?Sometimes DNS addresses change and Chrome loves to keep the old entries for a bit longer than required.I checked here with Win7 and Chrome and all works fine on my end (for once LOL ).

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  • Find a small spot that can't really see.Take a cotton bud or similar and wet it with acetone or mail polish remover.Rup over the plastic - if the yellow comes off and the plastic goes really sticky from the acetone than most likely you'll have ABS as the material.

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    I have tested the modified TWRP recovery in all vital fundtions and it works fine.Backups and restore - workingInstalling OTA or custom ZIP files - workingZIP verification for OTA images - workingNow it is time to either find a ROM that is working fine with the X96 or to find a nice one and make it work.If, in the meantime, you feel the need for a decent backup let me know here and I will upload the recovery somewhere.

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  • You need the right code, try the Arduino playground for their examples.For the Android you need an app, either write one yourself (good luck!) or try to find one that does what you need.

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  • The only thing would be that someone who still has the remote can use an app or programmable remote to copy the codes for you.But as it is not IR there is little chance of finding someone who has both the remote and suitable hardware to read the codes.Might be easier to get some fancy LED flasher and to add a tilt sensor.

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  • X96 (S905x) Android TV Box - Updating the Firmware and Costom Roms

    Update 01/04/217:I found enough (I think) to cook my own firmware based on the linked original.So far through TWRP recovery all seems to work fine but of course I would like to create a normal update.zip that can be used with an unmodifed stock system.But being able to now freely mess around with a backup and original firmware at hand is quite nice.I will update the Instructable throughout my learning process and in the end offer the firmware I create for download.Since I am able to freely use firmwares for other S905 based devices as code donors the same worshop should work for all TV boxes based on the S905X chipset.So no matter what name is on your box, as long as the actual hardware is the same all should work on your device the same way.There are only two possible areas to watch ou...see more »Update 01/04/217:I found enough (I think) to cook my own firmware based on the linked original.So far through TWRP recovery all seems to work fine but of course I would like to create a normal update.zip that can be used with an unmodifed stock system.But being able to now freely mess around with a backup and original firmware at hand is quite nice.I will update the Instructable throughout my learning process and in the end offer the firmware I create for download.Since I am able to freely use firmwares for other S905 based devices as code donors the same worshop should work for all TV boxes based on the S905X chipset.So no matter what name is on your box, as long as the actual hardware is the same all should work on your device the same way.There are only two possible areas to watch out for:WiFi and BluetoothThe newer boxes with dual WiFi and BT 4.0 use a different module than the standard S905X boxes.Unless you really want to dig deep into ROM modifications it is best make sure you use the right type of firmware as otherwise your WiFi and (if you have) BT will not work.A simple exchange of these modules is not possible either as it is all included within the kernel as well and so far I don't think I will go that deep for now.One day maybe to get BT support added to my box but please don't hold your breath on it.

    I think you guessed it but the update is for 2017.But as I can't edit the comment....

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  • The editor functions we get are very basic to say it nice.Nothing you know from forums or other websites works here.Formatting? Might need to be looked up in a dictionary...Proper code handling? Well, the user will figure it out somehow...Getting images, code or similar in the spot where you want it? Good luck with that...Editing a posting to make a change or correct the spelling? Well, not here, delete or make a reply stating what was wrong in the first posting...I guess you get the picture now on how the Instructables editor functions work.... ;)

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  • Well, you don't use the video button to embed code, you that using HTML.And instead of trying to get the code into here I would just link to the Github page instead, at least this way users can benefit from possible updates and changes to the code.

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  • You wrong with both assumptions, the surface roughness is the least of your problems - making the paint bond with the plastic is!Otherwise all your paint will just flake off.First you need to know what type of plastic it is - check for the usual symbol, the triangle with a number in it.Usually those boxes are either made from ABS or HDPE.Once you know the type of plastic get a proper primer for this type of plastic.Follow the instructions for the primer to the letter!Once dried you can paint with whatever paint and color.you desire.For some plastics, like ABS it is suffient to use a solvent based paint and to add a bit of acetone to the first thin layer of paint.

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  • I only see a single contest involving 3D printing in the current contests....And nothing really in the upcoming contests...You are sure you mean the contest criteria and not just people entering with 3D printed things?

    Back to the basics, no tools that require electricity at all ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on anuragkanase's forum topic DTMF Generator with Arduino4 weeks ago

    Hmmm, I would just get a 50 cent DTMF dialer from Ebay.Still sold to control your old style answering machines....

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  • Downunder35m commented on pphantom's forum topic Cooling Fan Timer Circuit1 month ago

    Damn it, still can't find the edit button here....If you can add a screw fitting than a temp switch as used for your radiator fans might work too if the fitting and sensor hole is filled with high temp grease or similar.Leaves the possible troubles with electronics out of the game but of course has no time control so you would need to find a temp switch that suits your temp needs.Last but not least you get them as screw on types as well, mostly found in microwaves and similar stuff.Rated for 10 amps at 240V AC, so good enough for your fan as well.If you salvage a microwave of decent functions like grill hot air or similar than you will find several of these in different temp ranges mounted on the chassis.On the side of them you find a stamped note with the electrical data plus the set t...see more »Damn it, still can't find the edit button here....If you can add a screw fitting than a temp switch as used for your radiator fans might work too if the fitting and sensor hole is filled with high temp grease or similar.Leaves the possible troubles with electronics out of the game but of course has no time control so you would need to find a temp switch that suits your temp needs.Last but not least you get them as screw on types as well, mostly found in microwaves and similar stuff.Rated for 10 amps at 240V AC, so good enough for your fan as well.If you salvage a microwave of decent functions like grill hot air or similar than you will find several of these in different temp ranges mounted on the chassis.On the side of them you find a stamped note with the electrical data plus the set temp for switching off!!The will reset at about 5-10° below this set temp.If you combine that with a relay you can switch your fan without electronics again.They are basically temperature fuses with an auto reset.On the relay you need a NC contact for the fan.

    They are stupid nonsense devices for racing street kids, not more ;)Any normal driver simply won't race the car for a long time and then just turn the engine off.In a lot of countries they are made illegal now anyway as they interfere with theft protection and emission laws.But as a simple timer solution you can't beat their price.

    On a side note:You can also get temperature controlled relays....With that you put a sensor where the heat is and the fan keeps running until the temp is below set value.Of course it would need to be combined with a relay that is on when the ignition is on and off once the ignition is off.A NC contact on that relay switches the power for the temp controlled relay.If the fan is no problem when the car is in use you can use the temp relay just as it is and connect it with a fuse directly to the battery.

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  • And we know what you are doing and what you try, how?

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  • Slipping????Are you turning the potentiometer or are you trying to turn the entire device with the knob?

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  • Downunder35m commented on pphantom's forum topic Cooling Fan Timer Circuit1 month ago

    If in doubt check turbo timers.Same thing in green, they keep the engine running to make sure your race home won't kill the turbo from overheating if you turn the engine off too soon.Some are dirt cheap and not really more than a simple timer "relay" o bridge the ignition.If you want to keep a relay alive for long that is soldered onto such a device than simply add a normal 12V relay at the output.So instead of switching the load directly you only switch another relay on and if that fails you replace it in minutes without soldering.

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  • Downunder35m commented on bnnorman's forum topic Irritating Site PopUps1 month ago

    Totally against the purpose of keeping a website alive.If everyone would block the ads by default most websites would go out of business soon.It's good for unknow sites and where you really need extra protection against hijackers and such but not for your favourite website ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on Hudson-108's forum topic internet security 1 month ago

    The Windows firewall is not bad at all, just a total pain to use.That is where Windows firwall control comes in.Was named after Win7, now after Win10.Still available as a free version and it does what it should without any hassles.

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  • Downunder35m commented on SuperMaker2003's forum topic please help1 month ago

    1. Try a different browser.2. Check your browser settings.3. If still no luck wait for a reply from the code monkeys.When you click on the YOU thingy next to the PUBLISH button on the top of the page you should see your Instructables, Drafts and all in the pull down menu.A click will bring you to the destination.If that does not work or nothing shows up I do suspect a bug, assuming you tried the above.For me all is working fine here so at this stage I have to assume the problem to be on your end somewhere.

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  • Downunder35m commented on slackj's forum topic Project Idea feedback!1 month ago

    I don't mind taking us as a source of info.Don't mind either if someone is asking for help with the right details and not just because of being too lazy to use Google.But with nothing at all in the profile asking to do a survey is like an insult if you ask me.If you ask for a survey for a good cause I won't mind at all as I simply assume good intentions.Just give me one good reason why I would do a survey to promote someone I don't know, who never contributed anything here and is obviously too lazy to improve on the grades by doing the research himself (or herself) ? ;)

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  • Why do you NEED a pro account?The only real difference is that you can download a PDF of the Ible in question - and can be substituted by downloading the thing as a HTML for offline use....

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  • How do you find and read them in a natural disaster zone with no electricity, internet or cell phone coverage? ;)

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  • In that case it would be the best option.The sparky can select the righ sized cable and if need be in a very flexible form in case you need to move the thing around a lot.If you tell him upfront the motor is rated for 25ampere and to bring a suitable flexible cable of specified lenght and a plug the job won't take 20 minutes to finnish.Can say if he would do it with the motor open like in the pics, safety you know, but that's a different topic.Bonus for you is the peace of mind that everything is connected according to specs and the sparky might even let you know what you have to do/fix to prevent shortcuts on the contact points or how to enclose everything so your insurance is happy too.The coffin was a "You must do it!!" thing.My niece was quite a desperate fan at that time ...see more »In that case it would be the best option.The sparky can select the righ sized cable and if need be in a very flexible form in case you need to move the thing around a lot.If you tell him upfront the motor is rated for 25ampere and to bring a suitable flexible cable of specified lenght and a plug the job won't take 20 minutes to finnish.Can say if he would do it with the motor open like in the pics, safety you know, but that's a different topic.Bonus for you is the peace of mind that everything is connected according to specs and the sparky might even let you know what you have to do/fix to prevent shortcuts on the contact points or how to enclose everything so your insurance is happy too.The coffin was a "You must do it!!" thing.My niece was quite a desperate fan at that time and her mum thought it is a good idea to tell her that the uncle can do all sorts of things with his new toy LOOOL

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  • Downunder35m commented on ambientvoid's forum topic sheet foam shock absorber1 month ago

    Can't find the link anymore was listed on the side when checking other Youtube videos.The guy was going downhill a 4km long stretch of road, overtaking cars, "undertaking" trucks and powersliding through both lanes to reduce the speed a bit.Thank god I have never done such dangerous things during my skating years...Oh, wait, we did not have cameras to record our stunts, maybe that's why noone noticed ROFLDid you consider the off-road version at one stage at least?I mean those wider axles that allow you to put air filled tyres on them?Might even work with normal axles if the frame is made to fit and you misuse some wheels from an old pram.I used these pram wheels (with metal rims) for my kite buggies.The tyres don't seem to do anything good for your back until you are dumb enou...see more »Can't find the link anymore was listed on the side when checking other Youtube videos.The guy was going downhill a 4km long stretch of road, overtaking cars, "undertaking" trucks and powersliding through both lanes to reduce the speed a bit.Thank god I have never done such dangerous things during my skating years...Oh, wait, we did not have cameras to record our stunts, maybe that's why noone noticed ROFLDid you consider the off-road version at one stage at least?I mean those wider axles that allow you to put air filled tyres on them?Might even work with normal axles if the frame is made to fit and you misuse some wheels from an old pram.I used these pram wheels (with metal rims) for my kite buggies.The tyres don't seem to do anything good for your back until you are dumb enough to try solid wheels one day ;)

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  • Downunder35m commented on Darthorso's instructable Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap1 month ago
    Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap

    Love the idea but sadly only found this Ible at the end of summer...Have to try it next time I manage to go fishing though.A thing about the yeast:Dry yeast requires luke warm water to "activate" the cells, in cold water it takes really long and too hot water will damage the cultures.Apart from the water yeast also needs something to eat, here in AU we can get Vegemite, it is based on dead yeast as the main ingredient.A tiny bit of this and half a teaspoon of sugar will make the yeast very happy and productive.A byprodut is alcohol and once the concentration is too high the yeast dies off and the fermentation stops.This takes about two to three weeks depending on temperatures.Good thing about yeast is that always new cells are produced and some of them tolerate heat and higher...see more »Love the idea but sadly only found this Ible at the end of summer...Have to try it next time I manage to go fishing though.A thing about the yeast:Dry yeast requires luke warm water to "activate" the cells, in cold water it takes really long and too hot water will damage the cultures.Apart from the water yeast also needs something to eat, here in AU we can get Vegemite, it is based on dead yeast as the main ingredient.A tiny bit of this and half a teaspoon of sugar will make the yeast very happy and productive.A byprodut is alcohol and once the concentration is too high the yeast dies off and the fermentation stops.This takes about two to three weeks depending on temperatures.Good thing about yeast is that always new cells are produced and some of them tolerate heat and higher alcohol levels better.So if you would add a tap or clamped rubber hose youcould partially empty the trap and just fill up again with a mix of water and sugar.This way the same trap can be used throughout the entire summer.

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  • Downunder35m commented on slackj's forum topic Project Idea feedback!1 month ago

    ROFLGood joke!You register to post a survey...So not only are you too lazy to some decent research yourself but you want others to do half of your project for free...The feedback pages here are for feedback on this website or things related to it but not to post your own surveys....You missed the point by miles ;)

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  • Cobra Weave Paracord Bracelet (No Buckle)

    Try Wikipedia, it's called the Fiador Knot.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiador_knotAlthough they only have 4 pics as well I can't find anything showing it better.

    My bad, you are right!I missed the loops going out and the slightly simpler structure.The Fiador uses two ends instead of just the single loop.

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  • Downunder35m commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Modular Cardboard Lampshade 1 month ago
    Modular Cardboard Lampshade

    I guess it is meant more indirect lighting.Otherwise you need openings for the light.

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  • Earth connection is pretty obvious to see by the marking.Leaves only 3 more to try for 2 wires, I suggest using a multimeter.

    But you do realise the motor is rated for 25A and would require a heavy duty outlet and more than a standard 16A circuit breaker?At least if I am reading the text on the pic correctly...Usually not the kind of thing you connect to a standard power cord.And with no testing equippment nor knowledge how to use it I can only recommend to take it to someone who knows.No point in you risking life or a fire by connecting unsuited cables or plugs to this beast.

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  • Downunder35m commented on Kitus87's forum topic How to make a mold1 month ago

    No pics but a lot of Instructables about all sorts of mold making.Including lost wax, lost PLA and such things....

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  • Neodymium magnets of that size are not cheap, not even in todays terms.If you need large numbers then the best option really is to buy them in bulk from a dedicated seller or company.Discounts of up to 30% or even more are no problem if you take the price for a single magnet as the base for the bulk order.It also allows you to get all magnets in the desired shape, size and quality.

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  • Downunder35m commented on Yankazoo's forum topic Alkaline1 month ago

    Wash the vinegar out with water.Wash again with bicarb soda added to the water - if it bubbles then there is still vinegar present.Once no more bubbles do a last wash with clear water and let dry.

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  • Downunder35m's instructable My Little Paracord Splicing Guide's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • Downunder35m commented on ambientvoid's forum topic sheet foam shock absorber1 month ago

    Try rubber mounts for vibrating machine parts ;)You know simple stuff like these for example:http://www.tcbroschoppers.com/media/catalog/produc...Gives you a sturdy mount on the board while keeping shocks and vibrations low.Available in many different sizes, lengths and with harder or softer rubber.If you have any indstrial supply stores around you can check them and get a feel for the rubber before buying.

    After looking at some of you "insane" guys on Youtube I think you need something better.Hoping you have good imagination I go without pics as I am really bad at hand drawings.Instead of a board mount your (skateboard) trailer axles onto an open frame.In each corner of said frame you mount strong springs, like those on discarded trampolines.The springs hold the plate for your equippment.Tricky part is getting it right in size for your needs and to find strong springs that are short enough.But this way the tiny surface area where the springs hold the plate will eliminate all high pitched vibrations, the springs must be under enough tension to slightly expand.Like that the spring takes out lower pitched vibrations and small bumps.Mount the equippment with soft dampeners as liked ...see more »After looking at some of you "insane" guys on Youtube I think you need something better.Hoping you have good imagination I go without pics as I am really bad at hand drawings.Instead of a board mount your (skateboard) trailer axles onto an open frame.In each corner of said frame you mount strong springs, like those on discarded trampolines.The springs hold the plate for your equippment.Tricky part is getting it right in size for your needs and to find strong springs that are short enough.But this way the tiny surface area where the springs hold the plate will eliminate all high pitched vibrations, the springs must be under enough tension to slightly expand.Like that the spring takes out lower pitched vibrations and small bumps.Mount the equippment with soft dampeners as liked above and you should be fine.

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  • Ask your teacher to provide with questions that have enough information for other people to answer them for you.Otherwise feel free to provide these infos on top of the copy and paste job from your homework.We are good but even we are too lazy to get out crystal balls out every day. ;)

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  • If you would ask the same question in a good shop that sells sewing supplies you would be pointed to several products for those avoiding needles....

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  • Downunder35m commented on opsmrs's forum topic Safe Room1 month ago

    Normal walls cladded with stainless steel work too....

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  • Should we continue with crystal balls and play with possibilities? ;)

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  • You are not entirely correct about the time period and observing electrons moving.Radioactive material does the same as your cathode tube experiment just on the safe side of things.Alpha emitters can be obtained legally with little safety issues around the world, if not an old smoke detector with the typical warning label will contain what you need to create nice traces of electrons through a cloud chamber.If the emitter is placed into a lead or tungsten tube (closed at one end) it will act like a flashlight with the electrons going out being in a more or less straight line.That part would prove the concept of seeing the rays...And for the cathode ray tube simply check when the first operational one was presented to the public ;)With science fiction you can always upscale what they crea...see more »You are not entirely correct about the time period and observing electrons moving.Radioactive material does the same as your cathode tube experiment just on the safe side of things.Alpha emitters can be obtained legally with little safety issues around the world, if not an old smoke detector with the typical warning label will contain what you need to create nice traces of electrons through a cloud chamber.If the emitter is placed into a lead or tungsten tube (closed at one end) it will act like a flashlight with the electrons going out being in a more or less straight line.That part would prove the concept of seeing the rays...And for the cathode ray tube simply check when the first operational one was presented to the public ;)With science fiction you can always upscale what they created to make ray gun or similar ;)

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  • The disk problem could be related to Windows not realising the program is installed correctly - or the program missing this info in some config file.I had similar issues with multivolume installs of old stuff a lot of times.Like you I just prefer some of the oldies ;)One trick that almost always works is to copy all install volumes onto a USB stick.Often there are empty text files as an ID or it is the volume name the installer asks for - but only if the next install file can't be found!If all volumes are present it will just continue to do the work and finnish without any error.Really old programs or programmers like to include a finnish command into the install routine for the program.A simple way of checking if all really is complete from the days where the OS did not care about such...see more »The disk problem could be related to Windows not realising the program is installed correctly - or the program missing this info in some config file.I had similar issues with multivolume installs of old stuff a lot of times.Like you I just prefer some of the oldies ;)One trick that almost always works is to copy all install volumes onto a USB stick.Often there are empty text files as an ID or it is the volume name the installer asks for - but only if the next install file can't be found!If all volumes are present it will just continue to do the work and finnish without any error.Really old programs or programmers like to include a finnish command into the install routine for the program.A simple way of checking if all really is complete from the days where the OS did not care about such things.If the above did not help try to copy the program folder from and installation on an old OS into your new program folder.All identical files can be ignored but if there are .ini files .cfg files or similar textfiles then check them and compare the contents.If you are really lucky then it is as simple as one file missing - the one the installer should create to let the program know it finnished correctly.

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  • Downunder35m commented on Downunder35m's forum topic Pixel.quantserve.com1 month ago

    Now even the replies I see in my Email notifications for this topic seem to vanish...

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  • What jingle?Never had any on my end - sure it is from this site and not something you installed?

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  • Downunder35m posted a forum topic Pixel.quantserve.com1 month ago
  • Compress then then melt them down. I think supermarkets should totally abandone these bags. The rip open on the way to the car, go brittle in the sun and are just a waste. I sometimes melt them down to make impact resistant parts.

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