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Electronic automated hidden stash built into table (easy and dirt cheap)
No problem! You too! If I can be of any help, let me know! :3
No problem. Sorry I confused you.Have a nice day :)
Yes, I... I know that. I have a pc power supply modded to work as a lab one as well as many old pc power supplies in my box. Sorry, I am just not sure where you're getting at :) I thought you were asking a question, but now it seems like you were trying to inform me about the hackability of a PC power supply... Sorry, I am just really confused now.
It is a dvd drive so just one molex would be sufficient.As for running 24/7. Many people leave their computers on 24/7 all the time.however any cheap old PSU [power supply unit] with suffice.You just have to short out the green and one of the blacks for "power on test" to work.Also have a constant load so as not to blow the PSU. A small light bulb is sufficient.Ok I guess I am done.Thanks for your replies.And try out the links I suggested :)hope this helps :)
Again, super sorry about the late reply, It'll get better, promise. Well, sure. You could just use a Molex connector from a bench power supply/old pc power supply. From the top of my head I am not sure if you'd need just 5V or both 5V and 12V supplies. So, one way to approach this would be to get an old PC power supply, loading it down using a high power resistor (otherwise it might not even start up) and then using the molex output by plugging it into the drive with the original electronics still in there. This is a bit of an overkill though, since it involves power source orders of magnitude more powerful than you need, which furthermore might not be designed to be running 24/7.You could use a different power supply, but then I'm not sure if you need to use both 5V and 12V rails for the drive to operate correctly. If that's the case, you'd need 2 power bricks (wallwarts).Alternatively, you could use just one power brick, microcontroller and an H-bridge, but that would complicate the whole stuff...This being said, I could make a kit with like a numpad and everything. :D If you put in the correct code, it opens up. That would be kinda cool. If I get some time, I'll take a look into it.Does that answer your question?
You could use 2 spdt relays and 2 momentary switches or a dpdt toggle switch to move the drive (or any simple dc motor) both directions. Here are quick sketches of how that would be wired.
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