how do hook up cable, right? Answered

I have the tv hooked into a black box that has chan3-4 on it, in order to watch dvds/vhs', but when i ran a cable cord through the back, and used a splitter, so i wouldn't lose the movie option, it now doesn't show the movies unless i unhook the cable and even then there is a noise you hear along with the movie. i tried seeing if it's the channel settings either on the tv or the black box, it is not.

Asked by 9 years ago


pls help how to make a cable connector / converter

Anybody knows how to make this? the cable connector. thanks.

Posted by bite_brian 6 years ago


overuse a cable (wire)? Answered

I was reading an online review for a $995 HDMI cable on bestbuy.com The guy said that the more you use a cable (i.e) the more electrons pass through it the more it degrades the cable. its this cable AudioQuest - Diamond 3.3' High-Speed HDMI Cable - Dark Gray/Black http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AudioQuest+-+Diamond+3.3%27+High-Speed+HDMI+Cable+-+Dark+Gray/Black/2383276.p?id=1218324437192&skuId=2383276&st=hdmi&cp=1&lp=3 Is that true or does he just want to justiy spending 1000 on a cable?

Asked by thematthatter 6 years ago


How do you shorten your USB cable?

I have a 50 foot "Enthernet cable" I need to make it, 30 feet can you explain how to do this.

Asked by ttony329 6 years ago


Is it okay to use a hot glue gun to keep a braided cable in place?

Is it okay to use a hot glue gun to keep a braided cable in place? If not what is a safe way to keep it attached? 

Asked by AnthonyS264 1 year ago


Where can I get waterproof cable (like cat5)?

I need to transmit data at the bottom of a pool. Google hasn't helped much - I've only been able to find waterproof connectors.

Asked by Zorink 9 years ago


How can I rig a cabled pulley system for a homemade weight machine?

That gives both variable resistance through range of motion (lighter at start, full weight at end) AND force multiplying where e.g. 20 lbs becomes 80 lbs (added weight effect with less plates).

Asked by vwchest 8 years ago


Sports without cable?

Our cable company is terrible. We've tried getting satellite (directv) but there is a big tree in the way and we rent so we can't do anything about that. You can get good quality versions of all of the actual shows that we watch online somewhere (directly from the network's website, hulu, etc). And watching them that way gives you all of the convenience of having a DVR - watch whenever, rewind, fast forward, pause, etc. Also, our TV has a PC input (which we use frequently). So I was thinking of getting a cheap computer to leave hooked up to the TV and set it up to easily navigate through shows. That way we could get rid of our EXPENSIVE and CRAPPY cable. The only problem is sports. I couldn't care less about them but I live with my boyfriend, who loves hockey. Hockey is the hardest sport to watch with low resolution (the puck is tiny! I can't find it in HD sometimes). It's also never shown on the local channels (so no option of the cheapy cable or using some kind of antenna). NHL.com has a subscription you can get to watch online but it won't show you games if it's available on your local cable. So basically - does anyone know of a good place online to watch live (preferably free and good quality) sports? Hockey is the most important but also football/baseball/basketball. Any help would be appreciated!

Asked by jwystup 7 years ago


Tv cable transmission through wifi Answered

I would like to transmit digital tv cable through wifi just by using resisters to bring the cable voltage down first. Then connect that to the correct polarity of  TX  on ethernet. Finally connect the RX of a bridge's ethernet cable to a cable amplifier finally to tv. Can I transmit digital cable tv this easily through wifi? 

Asked by jbaker22 5 years ago


i want to make a cat 5 to usb cable

I want to make a cat 5 to usb cable

Asked by 8 years ago


How do you make a 3.5mm male to a rca video cable?

I have a spy gear atv 360 and i want to make a cable for it to play the video on my tv is therer a website or an instructable that tells you how to do that clearly?

Asked by miky19522 7 years ago


Can I use cat5 cable to make an earphone extension cable?

I would like to make an Ipod extension cable (approx 3')  Can I use CAT5 cable for this.  If not what type of wire is used.  This extension will have a male conector on one end and a female on the other.  I see from other post that earphone repair can be troublesome.  Any sugestions.

Asked by gproject 8 years ago


Flexible metal cable?

Hi,I'm looking for flexible metal cable similar to that used in this product:http://www.mightybright.com/Book_Lights/79/ProductDetail.htmlThe cable has a flexible metal sleeve which can be manipulated into whatever shape you want and holds its shape.Can anyone tell me what this cable is called? I've been searching online for days and I haven't found anything similar SadAny help would be appreciated!Thanks

Asked by 9 years ago


How to strip cables to free the copper inside?

E-waste collectors in countries like Ghana collect cables and then burn them to get rid of the plastic and then sell the copper. This process is not environmental friendly and harms their health. I'm working on a project to find better ways to treat imported e-waste. Is there a better way to strip cables that would not imply burning, and that would respect the worker's health? Thanks!

Asked by rf.font 5 years ago


how to connect playstation cable to usb pc?

I have V3 interact steering wheel of ps2 i want to connect with pc. i know there is a converter but it is not avallble here

Asked by doubleagent33 7 years ago


Does anyone know hows to repair a thin cable?

Hi, I have worked on an old version of robot Nao, and recently discovered that a thin cable (see picture) from its shoulder is broken, the thin cable is very tiny, slim and can be quite fragile. I understand that I have to send it back to Aldebaran to repair, but it really costs a lot and it takes time too. Can I ask if there is anyone out there who is specialized in repairing this kind of cable? I appreciate much of your help. Thanks a zillion!!

Asked by cassandraanabellum 6 years ago


is there a cable that makes the sync port on a ipod nano2nd ind a headphone jack?

my ipod nano 2nd gen headphone jack broke and i was wondering if anyone has a link to make them or to buy one the cable has to go from the wide adapter for like a dock to a headphone jack female

Asked by miky19522 6 years ago



Splicing and extending a cable connecting a lens and sensor module to the camera's main body?

For a while i had this odd idea, of separating the lens sensor module from the Contour camera body, so i could have it inside the helmet front vent hole, and the main body on the back of the helmet. So im thinking of splicing a longer cable in between. an IDE cable perhaps? It is shielded, pretty much the perfect match The image is what  inside the camera between the lens module and the main body. The idea was to cut that blue bundle, and to splice the ide cable in (wire by wire) So the question  are - Is the IDE cable a good choice, or i ought to use other cables. - What are my chances for failure/success? The camera aint worth much anymore, but i dont really want to break it.

Asked by davyflint 5 years ago


could i just strip a usb cable (not the end that plugs into your computer) and just use the + and - from end? Answered

 or would that mess up your computer? techflicker.com/images/usb_cable_1.jpg

Asked by wizzywoo 8 years ago


Ipod to ipod downloading?

HI Im wondering if you could make a cable that streams music  and apps iPod to iPod.

Asked by crazyJ113 6 years ago


Vga cable gone wrong

I've tried like 5-6 times to make myself a vga male-to-male cable for this 32" tv I have that I can't do anything but watch noise infested cable with.So I'll skip all the bull****. I'm down to two cables I cut one from an old CRT and one from a non-working LCD monitor. Of course the lcd cable has to be considerably thinner, but the cables inside are relatively the same color.I've used this , and this website for a little bit of reference, along with wikipedia's VGA Connector page. The only bit of useful information I really have is on the wiki page where it says the male connector is just a mirror image, but it still confuses me.So far I have pins 1, 2, and 3 connected together at the cut end of the two cables, as they're the 3 thicker cables inside there. The rest of the cables seemed to be the same color as on the other cable, except that one had a black wire, and one with a red one (these turned out to be the same pin so I wired them together). The rest of the wires I matched together according to color and some of them I've heat shrinked, but I figured I better not waste any on wires I'm unsure about.Sure enough, it does not work, my LCD continues to display no signal, and I'm now wishing I didn't cut apart the first hand made cable I had (I grabbed off a cart at school). But the image quality was crudd, and it turns out it was wired in the cable to 5 coaxial wires, probably causing the quality issue as it wasn't exactly standard.Can someone tell me what the hell I did wrong???? Should it be wired differently instead of just a straight through cable?

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago



What VGA cable should I get for a 100' run to the projector?

I bought a $20 one from Monoprice and now there is ghosting on the screen. Are the more expensive name brand ones actually made better, and will they prevent this? I know it is the cable because I tried a 2' one and everything was fine, but I need the long run for the permanent placement. Amplifier?

Asked by tyep 7 years ago


Serial to USB cable?

I have a serial cable for my Garmin Etrex, one side a serial plug the other goes to my GPSR. I am about to get rid of my desktop and only use my laptops but I don't have a serial port on either. Knowing this the serial cable is useless unless I spend another $40 - $50 on a "Serial to USB Converter". So, I cut it to see what and how many wires are inside of it and found only three. I was thinking of making my own cable but I don't understand the difference between the two ports. I saw the GPS 'ible here and it's no help unless you don't have the serial cable already... Here are my questions:1. As long as I connect the proper data in, data out and ground to the USB cable shouldn't it work?2. Are serial ports and USB ports that much different?I read a lot on the pfrancs website and i noticed a few of the connectors looked like they may have had USB cables hooked to them. I've searched and searched but came up with squat! If you have a really good understanding about USB and serial ports can you please help me or direct me to someone who can? Thanks in advance!

Posted by martymunch 9 years ago


Pulling cables

Hi, hello, this is my first message and why not my first Idea, for the community and of course for me. Well I decided to join cause I was looking for a solution of a problem I have at my job. I work in a datacenter, and frequently I have to pull delicate cables, which have to run through many corners, sometimes they got stuck between sharp metal pieces on top of the racks, or even the doors. Not only that, but also the times that get to pull them from one place to the other (sometimes cables of 60 or 80 meters. You have to be also carefull on not pulling so much. So I was thinking in to invent something to put in many places as auxiliars that let run the cable in every corner. Many Ideas but I am not in use very frequently with the inventive that your experience have. But I think I discovered what I like most in life. INVENT THINGS.!!!! (too much Monkey Island when I was a boy) Greentings community Mijac

Posted by mijac 8 years ago


If I wanted to wire a USB cable onto a thumb drive, replacing the original plug, how hard would that be? Answered

I'm going to be case modding whatever stick I get my hands on, and the place it is going is predicted to be limited. I'm going to strip the case off, and I was hoping to wire a cable in the place of the built in plug to cut down on the space needed inside the new case. If this is going to work, I plan to post it, so I'm hoping for a green light here.

Asked by NaesDraw 7 years ago


Charter cable box?

Well my neighbor threw out their charter cable TV box today.  I took the power cord (if nothing else I will turn it into scrap copper) and left the box.  But figured I would ask on here if anyone on here could think of anything to do with it.  I suppose I could salvage off the RCA plugs and coax plugs.  But i do not think I have any use for them.  So anyone on here have any ideas on use for it?

Posted by jcaresheets 5 years ago


What can I use as a cheap alternative to cable raceway/conduit?

I need to run some cables across my bedroom ceiling. I live in the basement, so the walls and floor are concrete. The ceiling is that cheap wood-veneer paneling you see in RVs. I'd poke it under the ceiling panels, but given what I know of the demented arrangement of floor joists in this house, I'd have to pull down the entire ceiling and start drilling holes. I'm after something like electrical raceway, but cheaper. I want it inconspicuous, but not costing me $25 to cover cable across 15' of ceiling. Ideas, O wise Hive Mind?

Asked by CameronSS 8 years ago


What would I search for an adapter for this?

I am trying to make headphones for my xbox etc. and I am wondering what to search the internet for to aquire an adapter for these kind of cables?

Asked by thomas9666 6 years ago


porter cable 18 volt nicad charger needs new resistor

I need to replace burnt out resistor (R21 0n the cicuit board-the brown/biege resistor behind the heat sink) but i cant read the values due to the explosive destruction on the case.Can anyone give me the ohms & watts value so i can replace it.Thanks in anticipation!

Asked by dakel 6 years ago


cable header sockets with .1" pitch

I'm looking for sockets like the ones pictured but I'm not having any luck. I guess I don't know what to search for. What I'd like is a way to make cables to connect PCBs together. I'd like to buy the sockets and wire them up myself. I'd also like 2 pin and even 1 pin versions. At a job I had a while ago they had wires with single sockets on the end that were very handy for connecting to standard .1" male pin headers. If anyone has any idea where to find these sockets or what to search for on Digikey I'd appreciate it.

Posted by nolte919 8 years ago


Wire IR remote directly to the receiver?

I have a 5.1 Skpeaker system and the remote is busted.  The Sub enclosure only has a power indicator light and the IR receiver. Would it be possible to either manually increase the volume and bass or somehow connect the remote via cable to the receiver?

Asked by kokaine 6 years ago


My tv does not have av inputs so i cannot play video games. Can i make an av/cable converter like a vcr? Answered

I need help with this problem, thanks in advance for whatever advice!

Asked by Robot Lover 8 years ago


What do I do with all this cable?

So my dad often brings home scrap wood and the sort from his job but recently he has been doing something or other with stainless steel cable, cutting it up for whatever. Anyway, I now find myself with at least 50 pieces of this high quality stainless steel cable that is just thinner than what I have to tie out my dog. I'm not sure what size it is, but I counted around 20 strands on one of the frayed cuts. It all averages about 4-5 feet, but it ranges from a few 1 foot sections to quite a few ~6 feet sections.  I would love to find a way to put this all to use in a clever way, but who knows how long it might be before I think of something myself? My first instinct: Ask Instructables! If you have any ideas at all, please leave a comment as to what I might do with this. I'm going to ask my friends as well but I bet some of the more experienced people here might have some good suggestions.  Something I would like to know is what is the best way to link these together, if I want something longer?  Any suggestions welcome, thanks. 

Posted by cart562 5 years ago


hello classmates, i have a wifi router that have rj45 connection port and i want to connect my usb modem.

Hello classmates,  i have a wifi router that have rj45 connection port  and i want to connect my usb modem.,but i dont know the pinout wire connection that joint  to A type usb female to rj45 cable pls help me to this project to solve i need the wire diagram,   thank you

Asked by rj45.usb 5 years ago


How can I make a filter in the audiocable between my laptop and car stereo to avoid the noise I now get.? Answered

When I connect my laptop to my car stereo  I get a lot of noise. I suspect there is some kind of loop between the laptop power supply and the amplifier. I think I can solve the problem by using a filter in the audio cable to separate the two, perhaps by means of a transformer. Does anyone have a good circuit design for this?

Asked by ardnaz 8 years ago


Dell indicator light? Don't throw it out!

I'm working on a project that will become an 'ible when it's done, and I need a little help from fellow sysadmins. If you come across a Dell-server indicator light, please don't throw it out! Send it to me instead! See, Dell servers all come with an indicator light on a cable (it's really just a blue LED connected to a 4 foot cable, and it ends with very thin barrel plug). The light is intended to be plugged into the server, then clipped to the side of the rack, so you can see if a server is off or on without looking at the back or front of it. Nobody ever uses the light as far as I can tell. Where I work, we generally throw them out. I've been collecting all the ones that I come across for awhile now, and have only gotten together 16. The project I have in mind needs at least 60. You can think of sending them to me as recycling :) Thanks --Kyle

Posted by Kyle_S 8 years ago


Cable remote control

Hi all I am interested in building a specialised tracked vehicle but instead of your "normal" remotes I would prefer a cable remote control that can at least use 12 or more functions. I actually look of building this in to a small Metal Case like you use for camera equipment with a monitor in the Lid and include the battery pack to power everything.  Anyone got any ideas of how to build such a remote and the outlay of the functions. I have some knowledge in electric and schematic. I do have a CTC 3D Printer with Dual Extruder but I only just got this one and have so far not used it as I want first to get the feel for it on how to work with it and look up a variety of videos on YouTube before I use this one in anger. I also do not yet have the Case as I am still bidding on one on eBay. I plan to start the build in September / October and be looking at the moment for a large (1/16 or larger) Tracked Vehicle Chassis. I once did see one in a Chinese Online Shop but cant find it again. I am sure that I bookmarked it but again, I cant find it. So I am looking over various online shops for a set but so far I had no success. If anyone has build something similar before please get in touch with me as this is my first real project that i would really love to pull of over the winter time to hopefully use next summer.

Posted by BernhardK4 1 year ago


how can i program my digital cable box to change channels at a certain time?

Comcast is changing to all-digital and is requiring that its customers use a digital converter box in order to receive the new digital channels.  The set top boxes take a stream of digital channels in and by changing the channel on the set top box, a single channel is converted to analog and forwarded on to my VCR (and TV).  I have to keep both my VCR and TV tuned physically to channel 3 in order to record or watch the single channel coming out of the set top box.  If I want to program my VCR to start recording, say, at 11:30 PM on CBS, I have to remember to change the channel on the set top box to CBS before hand.  This also means that I can no longer tape, say, the program at 11:30 on CBS followed by a program on NBC at 12:30; there is no one to change the set top box's channel to NBC. A lot of people have this issue now that all of the channels in Comcast's signal are going to digital and the set top box is added to the equation.  Just wondered if anyone out there has found an easy way to address this problem, i.e. not being able to "program" the channel changing of the set top box itself.

Asked by cobinrox 8 years ago


Guitar cord conversion to usb or mic plug in? Answered

I have a program on my computer called "amplitube" in which it is a virtual guitar amp with a BUNCH of pedals and cool things. I would like to know a way/place to cheaply buy/make a cord that goes into either the mic or the usb slot and the other end goes into my guitar.

Asked by octopuscabbage 8 years ago


IS a Coaxial S/PDIF port the same as RCA video? Answered

Looking at working out a solution for someone with tv and what not. i know that there is a computer montior input, and then under "audio" it says Coaxial S/PDIF the S leads me to believe that it is sound and not video, so if no is there any way to get a vga to the rca video? we want to buy a computer monitor, and then a dtv box and use a laptop to watch tv online and then use dtv for that too. thoughts?

Asked by timweaver17 7 years ago


Help with wiring

I have disassembled an old vacuum cleaner that runs on 240v/5amps/1200w. I wanted to obtain the electric motor that should perform at 1.5 horsepower. As I was taking it apart I forgot how the switch leads were originally configured. I want to give the motor a test run but I don't want to hit the fuse in my house so I was hoping someone can help me plug the switch in the normal configuration. What order do the brown and blue plugs (that comes from wall plug) fit into the switch? And what order do the blue plugs (goes to motor) fit into the switch? A silly question really but I am new to working with electronics.

Posted by Tyoon 5 years ago


guitar cable polarity?

On a guitar cable what part is positive?

Asked by michoi 8 years ago


details of cable fault detection robot?

With circuit diagram and illustration

Asked by rehnasalih 8 years ago




Car speakers go silent when connecting ground cable

I been trying to put some LEDs in my car that can pulse to music. I followed this instructable; https://www.instructables.com/id/Pimped-Out-LED-Car-Sound-System/#step1 My only problem is when I connect the ground cable all the speakers from the car turn silent, the only way I can get the LEDs to flash is by not connecting the ground cable at all. Anyone know how I can fix this?  

Posted by ezeLoco 5 years ago


How to make spots on string or spots on cable (or lights on string - I do not really know how to call this item) ?

Hi, Here is the kind of product found in stores : see images attached. Is there any instructable on the subject ? How is it called in english ? Thanks for any answer :-) Jean

Asked by jpghiena 8 years ago


Does anyone know how to splice a usb cable and bend the connector?

I really like how Flip Video Cameras have built in usb connectors, and i really want to try to integrate something similar into my phone which has a micro usb port so i can charge it and drop off files whenever i'm around a computer. I was thinking the best way would be to strip the usb cable and bend it right at the connector, then splice the cable so it isn't too bulky. has anyone done something like this before?

Asked by gottaseegottaknow 7 years ago