External Camera

I was thinking of buying an external Camera for a laptop even though it already has an built in cam. I would like to use the external so that I can point it toward a table surface and use it for animation purposes.  I was wondering, would  the external interfere with the other? Thank you for your answers. -T.T :)

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External RAM

I was thinking today about possible ways to make my pc better without adding internals. (I like external plug and play stuff). So anyway, I was thinking about my RAM and how to make it better. Then it hit me. What if I had external RAM? Possibly using 2 or more USB ports. Any Ideas? This would allow me to run large programs on any PC! Please collaborate.

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Internal HD to external?

I have a 80Gb IDE hard drive that I want to turn into an external one. I don't want to buy a an enclosure for 80 gigs! What can I do? Please and thank you.

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Encryptin External HDD

I have an 80Gb external/portable hard drive but I want to protect all the data on it. Does anyone know of a good free program that will encrypt or passwird protect my portable hard drive. It needs to be self contained on the hard drive and not installed on a computer. Thanks.

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Psp external battery

I was wondering if anyone knows how to make a external battery pack (via adaptor) and make it so it will run from the battery pack. my concerns are: matching the voltage and mAH. as well as ensuring the safety of my psp i know that i already need the plug for the psp from the ac adaptor, anything else? also if possible, keep it as cheap as possible.

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Externalize a hard drive?

I've found many instructables, but they all require an expensive SATA to USB adapter. Are there any projects that don't require this item? It would also be acceptable to find one that would let me wire multiple drives to the same SATA port.

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HMC5883L with external magnet

GY-273 HMC5883L Compass A. I'm waiting for my chip to arrive and will attach it to a RasPi. B.  My question is: if I align my chip to "N" then rotate a magnet round the chip - i.e. a weathervane - thoughts on how that might work? C. Can my magnet, if too strong/close, damage my chip? Thanks

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Links to Instructable's. External.

I've noticed many odd pages such as..... www.janeapplebottom.instructables.com/ id/My-Completeables/ They creep me out... can't figure out the purpose... If there were extra google ads etc added making them profit, that would explain it... Yet the page appears exactly the same as if it was through instructables.... do you believe they get web hits or something? I seem to be getting more and more of these.

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External HDD isnt recongnized?

I have a Iomega F7BJ2101PA External 300 Gb Harddrive and it stopped being recongnized by all computers. I've already checked that the cord is fine, it has enough power, and isnt recognized by windows explorer and device manager. AND when I got to Iomega site to get the drivers they say they dont recongze the serial number. What do I do?

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Primary and Secondary on a usb external drive?

I've got a external usb drive connector, and it only has a short yellow ide connector, what would happen if I connected a regular ide cable to the pins, would I be able to connect two drives? IE: 2 dvd burners?

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Compatible external battery to my iPhone 5

Hey guys, I want to buy a external battery for my iphone 5, but i dont't know what brand to buy. do you have any suggestions?? Make sure if any external battery to iPhone 5?

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Where to salvage/find an External Gear Pump?

Hello, Have a great idea for an instructable but need to find a small external gear pump for water/hydraulic use, it doesn't even need to work! Help would be in the way of what uses these, I think some cars have them but cant find anything on the web so any ideas about where to salvage one would be awesome. Thanks loads Dave

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External smartphone Monitor using old laptop LCD display.

  Hi there, I am currently working on a project on reverse engineering. I wish to attempt at somehow using an old laptop lcd, as an external display for my smartphone. As an amateur electrician and computer programmer I would love it if someone could direct me and tell me which goals I have to accomplish to make that happen. I understand that the signals coming out of an lcd display are different then on a cell phone so I had found a control board that will transpose the signal into a VGA signal which can then be directed to a computer. But is there a way to send the signal to a usb port for a smartphone to plug into. Granted a program, software and drivers for the monitor ets would need to be created but that aside, could something like that be possible? Please indulge me. Thanks for your time.

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How can I recover data from a dead external hard drive?

I have a 2TB external hard drive with lots of stuff on it Recently it stopped working and now I cant access it I have tried it in many computers but they only ever find the SATA to usb bridge which connects the hard drive to the computer I have also tried some hard drive recovery programs, some of them find the hard drive but when they scan it, they find nothing Does anyone know of a good, working, reliable hard drive recovery program (free if possible) or any other way to get the stuff off of it Thanks

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Nintendo DS to External Monitor

Has anybody successfully connected a Nintendo DS (or DSI) to an external monitor?? Or may there be another way to capture what's going on?? I'm stuck???? Any help would generate mad reeeezzzzpects. crabbadam@hotmail.com

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iMac G5 external monitor

Hi there! I'm currently working on a project, and I really need some help from you guys. What I'm basically trying to do is putting a Raspberry Pi with Retropie installed into a iMac G5 case (24'') and use it as a Retro-Gaming-Machine. Things I already have: - iMac G5 24inch - Raspberry Pi Model B+ with RetroPie installed - 2 SNES Controller with an Adapter to USB - Cables and stuff And now to my problem: I want to use the iMac's LCD panel (Product number: LM240WU2), which of course requires an inverter as well as a controller board. The inverter is stuck to the panel, and can be used I think. But the controller board seems to be integrated into the Logic Board, so I can't use it. I already found a suiting controller on AliExpress, but unfortunately it's not available. So I'm kind of running out of options where to get one. Does anybody know where to get a working controller? It shouldn't be too expensive, because otherwise I could just buy a 17'' or 20'' iMac G5 and use it, because these are built a bit differently and work just over DVI. I would love to make a Instructable out of the project, in case I'm able to solve that Problem! Thanks, Nick

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adapter Bluetooth for hd external

Hello, by chance could you tell me if possible and replaced the cable from my external hd ultilizando an adapter Bluetooth

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add an external crystal to attiny85?

How can i add a 16mhz crystal to attiny85? i dont know how and cant find it online

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adding an external crystal to attiny85?

How can i add an external crystal to run at 16 mhz to my attiny85? can someone please tell me step by step what to do i have searched everywhere and cannot find the answer. thanks.

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PLEASE External hard drive?

I upgraded my laptop and got a new HD. I've heard of a way to make the old HD into an external hard drive. Is there an instructable on how to do that or am I missing it?

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problems with external power supply

I cant able to run my arduino in external dc power supply.and also when i give my shield  a external power supply of 9V battery and 5V from the arduino, the battery is lasting only for 30 minutes.can i know what is happening & how can i overcome this?

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Laptop DVD Drive to External?

I recently salvaged a dvd drive from a broken laptop. I was wondering what I would have to do/ buy to convert it to an external usb one. Here are some pics of the plug in part and the specs. PS(I do not want to buy one of those kits.)

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External hard drive problem

G'day, I have a WD 2Tb External Hard Drive.  It was working perfectly, now my 3 computers will not recognize it.  I have tried new cables etc.  I have tried everything I could think of.  I would appreciate some help please. Cheers Perry

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IPod touch to external monitor?

I'm building an all inclusive ipod touch case, including solar panels, external speaker, stylus, rechargeable battery, etc. However,  I was looking at an 8 by 4 inch monitor that would enable me to at the very least watch videos on it. I'm sure it's possible, because the touch has cables capable of taking its 30 pin signal and converting it to rca for connection to a standard tv. The real question then I guess would be, is there any chance of me being able to hook it up to a touchscreen one and/or be able to have it display the springboard instead of just dedicated video out signals. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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External interrupt on atmega AVR Answered

I've been learning to program an AVR (atmega644p) in assembly, but I cannot get it to respond to any interrupts. I am trying to use the external interrupt INT2 on portb,2, but the program does not respond to a signal on the pin either as an input or output. I have verified all the ports work, and have added LEDs to indicate that the program has reached the wait loop. I have looked at several code examples, and there doesn't appear to be anything missing. At the moment, I think that the issue may be with the fuses dealing with the boot sector. Fuses are currently set to Low:0xFD, High:0xDF, Extended:0xFF. Thanks in advance for any suggestions as to what the problem might be.

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Dead external hard drive?

I've been searching the internet for answers for the last couple of hours, but no solutions have helped me so far. The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that I have to either take it to an expert for data recovery, or if that isn't possible I'll have to accept the fact that the files are gone. So earlier today I was frapsing some PS4 content with the help of a Roxio video capture (PS4 signal blocked so I used Fraps to get around that). I've been saving the files on my C: drive, but since fraps files tend to get quite big, I changed the save destination to my external hard drive (Buffalo). Immediately after I ended the recording, my computer froze and I had to force shutdown. Upon restart, it started to repair damage to the disc (translated from Finnish), and once it was ready, it then proceeded to the system recovery menu. After at least 2 hours of trying all other options, I ended up choosing the option that resets my computer. Well that really wasn't the end of the world, since the most important files are on my Buffalo hard drive, but after the reset was complete, I couldn't access my external hard drive. I tried everything in Disk Management, at least what was suggested in similar issues, but nothing really changed anything. I can see my external hard drive in the Disk Management, but can't access it. When I try to initialize the disk, an error pops up that says: "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)", and it just shows that the disc is not initialized, and that it is unallocated. Is there any other option than either taking it to an expert for data recovery, or is that too late now? Thanks in advance.

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Turn a 1400c into an external keyboard?

Hello! I have an eccentric buddy who can *only* type on 1400c's keyboards, so he's continuously buying up old ones and working on them.. I believe someone, somewhere should be able to able turn said 1400c into a USB keyboard.One person has told me this is impossible, but from what I've seen here, I don't believe them. Hell, if someone can turn an old typewriter into a USB keyboard... Your esteemed advice, pointers and even links would be jolly appreciated!

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UPS external battery setup?

 I have a APC BACKUPS 500 with a dead battery, it can supply up to 300 watts continuously. However, at full tilt my computer can use up to 1000watts and the monitor uses about 150. With standard use my computer uses around 400watts or so. Would it be possible to use 2 UPS both wired in parralel to a single deep cycle lead acid battery. Would this work? The thing I'm worried about is wouldn't both UPSes try to charge the battery at the same t ime, and would that be ok? Red is positive and blue is negative in the picture. I would hopefully get around 1 hour of backup. Also, is there any way to make my computer go into energy conservation mode when the power goes out? I have a 2008 8 core mac pro.

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modify a floppy drive into an external usb drive

Hello, I was googleing this subject, but found nothing. Is there a way to modify an ordinary floppy drive into an external, usb one? Thank you.

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Repair crashed external WD hard drive

I dopped a 500 GB WD My book and was told by Geek Squad that the drive had crashed (heads on platters) and would take $800 to $2000 to repair. Would you have a cheaper way of doing this or would you know of someone who can do this cheaply. I am in Phoenix AZ

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How do i turn an internal dvd rom into an external dvd-rom?

I would like to turn an internal dvd-rom drive into an external usb dvd -rom drive. Any suggestions or leads?

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Internal USB converter? Please help!

Hi. I just ordered this, http://www.amazon.co.uk/IB-864-Front-Panel-Reader-Multiport/dp/B004FLEFVU/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid;=1366146730&sr;=8-13&keywords;=icy+box , to connect to a psu I have running on it's own, and with the hope of connecting it to the USB port of my laptop and using it as a USB/Card reader extension kind of thing. Now, rather foolishly I didn't think about how I would connect it to my laptop. I know for sure I can connect it to the PSU with the Molex connector, but how could I connect it to my laptop? This is the connection info it has: USB 3.0 - EXTERNAL to the mainboard or USB 3.0 PCI-X extension card via USB 3.0 cable USB 2.0 hub and card reader: INTERNAL to the mainboard via USB 2.0 cable eSATA: INTERNAL to the mainboard via sata cable Audio: Internal to the mainboard via Audio cable Power: Internal to the system power supply via Big-4Pin Molex Sorry if I'm being stupid, but what concerns me is how it says internal and external, I dont really know what it means, like, is an internal USB 2.0 cable different to an external one, and how could i connect it to a standard USB port? Sorry for the long winded probably really confusing post, basically I just want to know how I can connect this to my laptop's USB port to be able to connect USB devices and use USB sticks and read memory cards lol Really sorry for the bad post, but thanks a lottttt to anyone who can help!!

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Internal Hard disk to external without a kit ... ?

How can I convert an enternal Sata Hard Disk out a HP Pavilion taplet pc (tx1419nr) to an external hard disk with out buying a kit?? I already have a cable with USB end took it of a mouse .. Anyone do have information on how to achieve this hack???!!!!

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it is possible to link an external usb hdd to a pc... wireless? Answered

Like a wireless-something linked to the usb hdd that can be viewed from the pc?

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Is there a way 2 boot a laptop from an externally connected HD?

The connector btween the motherboad and the internal HD on my laptop broke. My computer cannot recognize a HD. Is there any way to connect a HD externally, maybe by USB, and boot the computer that way.

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Is it possible to convert an internal laptop keyboard to an external usb one?

Is it possible to convert an internal laptop keyboard to an external usb one? If so how would I do it. Thanks

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can anyone help me in makin' a remote for my external soundcard ?

 emm hi ! i have an external sound card ... with one stereo headphone output on front and 4 mono sound monitor outputs on rear,,,it's funny but my soundcard is a little far from me and my hand barely reaches to the vol knob ... thanks ! :D.

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Does anyone know how to cleanly open a Hammer "morespace" 1 TB external disk drive case? Thanks in advance!?

As stated in the question, I have the external 1 TB morespace disk drive by Hammer Storage. I have found 2 screws on the case under warranty stickers. I would like to open this case up, hopefully without totally destroying it, b/c I need to convert this drive to an internal drive on a Linux Box. Thanks in advance!

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Anyone know of a cheap Digital Video-Camera that has (or can be hacked to support) External / Asynchronous triggering?

Basically, I'm wanting to record something from several vantage-points (tennis-strokes mostly, but it would be relevant for things such as baseball or golf swings as well) using two or more cameras. The problem of recording with multiple-cameras is, if they're not triggered simultaneously, they could be capturing their respective frames at as much as 1/(fps*2) of a second (i.e.;16.7 ms for 30 fps) off from one another; which for many, if not most things wouldn't be a concern. However, since they wouldn't capturing the event at the exact-same moment, the usability of the video information for motion-analysis purposes is greatly reduced. For everything else other than lacking support of external/async. triggering, something like my relatively-cheap $120 ApiTek 60-FPS 1080p Camera (Std-Def would suffice) I picked-up on a whim at Walgreen's would fit the bill quite nicely. While professional cameras do have this feature (also referred to as a Master/Slave Camera Array), this is simply for my personal-use, and I'd have a hard time selling my wife on the idea that I need to spend multiple thousands of dollars on it.

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Getting around school firewalls?

I am in highschool and was wondering if you could get around school firewalls by booting off of an external hardrive. I have a bootable back up of my computer and would there be any reason you could not boot off of an external hardrive at school and use all your programs provided you have the drivers for the computer installed.

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What can I do with a MK3008gal Hard drive besides use It for an Ipod or Zune?

I would somehow like to make an external Hard drive out of this. Links or suggestions would be kewL..

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How can i access my itunes library? Answered

I just bought an external hardrive so i can stop taking up my computers hardrive with music, videos and everything else, how can i move everything over to the external hardrive and is there a way i can listen to my music from other computers?, also the hardrive needs too much power to be portable

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is there a possible way to repair this external battery? Answered

Its apacer B120 li-ion 6600mah @3.7v    (3x18650) a friend of mine test one of those 3 leg diodes  (not the burned ones) he said it gives strange number cant find you a replacement :( i dont know how to measure just solder so if anyone can provide any help its welcome non of the usb works

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Make an external HDD work with Xbox 360?

I, like many people, got the new Xbox for Christmas. However, my mom failed to notice that it was the 4GB model, rather than the awesome 250GB. When I realized this, I immediately went online and looked for a 250GB Xbox S Hard Drive, and found that they're $130($0.52/GB)! Well I knew that the Xbox can use flashdrives for storage, etc. so it should treat an external hard drive just like a big flashdrive, right? So I went to BestBuy and bought a 500GB external hard drive for $60 ($0.12/GB- 4.3x cheaper!). Upon plugging this into my Xbox, and going through the configuration process, I see that my Xbox is only picking it up as 16GB. "Are you kidding me? There's a lot more than 16GB on that thing!" I went online, and did some Googling, and YouTubing. All I could find was formatting the drive, and even then only being able to transfer movies, music, etc from you computer. I read multiple times that you couldn't put games or profiles on it(I wanted to do this, so I could transfer everything from my old original Xbox 360 HDD, and then sell it). Could somebody please tell me a way to make an external hard drive work with Xbox 360? I'd rather not format anything, but I will if I must. Thank you!

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Cheap External Mix Snow Machine

*EDIT* IT WORKS!!! Hi everyone, this is a simple DIY snow machine. It utilizes external mixing which not only increases the production but also eliminates the risk of water backing down the air line and vise versa. I will not be making an instructable but possibly a video displaying its qualities. It only needs an air compressor with the standard quick connect end and a regular garden hose. It works and I may be selling a few on ebay for ~$75 each and will include a professional looking instruction manual. This produces a very large mist and i have yet to measure its snow making capabilities. I expect it to make about 2" per hour over a 200 square foot area. Please comment and rate!!

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How to make a external keyboard key?

Im looking to have an external key pad (connected with usb) with only one button, so that it has its own key function and can be independently bound to any program in your computer. Think of it as an external alt key or ctrl key that can be used for hot keys It can even be an existing key on the key board but more preferably its own key. If anyone thinks they can do this DIY please let me know, Thanks!

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