just curious?

Is there a such camera that has autoadjust, auto zoom, infrared and has high mega pixels?

Question by Newbie216   |  last reply



My Amps! My Amps! *Screams an old crazy man in the deli section*

Yes yes, shhh I want to ask a serious question today. I traded one of my kenwood amps for my parents as their sony surround unit is really shitting out and the sound sounds terrible and the entire control panel on the front is messed up. I just want to know a couple things about the sony to see if I can fix something. The panel, well that's quite interesting to explain and if I posted a video of it you guys would probably think I edited it or something. So imagine this, the bass + and - buttons are beside the treble + and -, two sets of buttons. If you push one of the bass adjustment buttons, it glitches and turns the treble for example, up or down randomly and doesn't do what I wanted it to do. It's like this with all of the buttons and seemed to have happened after we moved here. And I know it didn't get banged around because it was transported in the back seat of a car on blankets to the new house and carefully carried in by me. If I say try to use one of the surround sound adjustment buttons it glitches out and acts like I hit another one that's beside it in any direction. Hard to explain but I'm just damn confused as to why it suddenly happend (dry solder connections?). Damn this post is long and it's only half done...lol. Bad sound, I will not tolerate it under my household, but on the other hand it was a $400 unit back 5 or so years ago and I KNOW it used to sound good, with a such a profound richness of bass that just punched right through you. Now it sounds like shit, the sound is garbled, distorted when turned up, it's not really noticeable until you turn it up fairly loud. I have/had my technics tower speakers hooked up to it and they sounded like shit when I turned them up, yet on my kenwood they sing like the wedding singer days. Any ideas nachomoma? I'll add another note that for most of it's life it's been hooked up to a pair of 250 watt (peak) optimus floor speakers and whenever we played it, it got HORRIBLY hot and warped the top a bit when it was on, enough to push it in and make it spring back up again with quite a force. I liked this receiver a lot and would like to use it again, but I don't know where all these "degradations" came from and despite my useless amount of amp questions/bickering's about I would really appreciate any ideas from you guys. Thanks.. -Punk

Topic by Punkguyta   |  last reply


Is it just my imagination Answered

Is it just my imagination but are there fewer questions coming through since the tab vanished from the top of the home page??

Question by rickharris   |  last reply


Dremel just stopped

Hi I was using my Dremel with a saw attachment cutting wood half way in the Dremel just stopped. The spindle rotates cleanly I have checked the fuse etc which is fine   There were noises at all love my Dremel helps me a lot in my hobby repairing and repanting Model buses cash a little shirt so I can’t just go out and buy a new one 

Topic by Gefcon   |  last reply


is this just junk or useful? Answered

I found a smashed solar garden light in the shed the light unit its self is working but is it any use?   it has a solar panel a 1.2v battery a little board  with a green resister ( i think )  with silver black red and gray stripes and a little black thing with 4 legs that says  jc1803 .53b   when you have it in the sun the led is off when you cover the panel the light comes on   i have been looking at making a solar charger but as you can tell by my information im still learning these things  but i am getting there i do have the compulsory Altoids tin  Thanks for any help you can offer

Question by nonamesleft   |  last reply


is there a led that can change colour? Answered

And if so how does it work?....and if so would it be a feasible idea to make clothing out of some form of fibre optic fabric  that could change colour based on this led?  

Question by afridave   |  last reply


Directx error code?

I recently downloaded the Just Cause 2 demo off of Steam. When I try to run it I get this message: Fatal Directx Error! Code: 15 Result: 0x80070057: E_INVALIDARG I have Directx 11. How do I fix this?

Question by General Eggs   |  last reply


mabe i just might.....

Make a computer group that has to deal with any computer componets!

Topic by get to da parakeet 


Should I post?

Just kidding. :P I will post my Instructable for the Photo Contest, but I'd like to know how big of a Photoshop base there is here. How many people are interested in getting started with Photoshop? Just wondering! Thanks, Bran.

Topic by Bran   |  last reply


How to make just LED cube? Answered

I don't want enything special, just to light. No microcontrolers.. So I'm looking for some tutorial or Instrucable for that.. Thank you! :D

Question by dava_2   |  last reply


Is the stats tab gone or just moved? Answered

I noticed that the stats tab is no longer next to the others, ohhhh that was one of my favorite things. Has it been moved elsewhere, momentarily misplaced perhaps, or is it gone for good? Anyone heard anything about it?

Question by Vyger   |  last reply


Fading an LED off, not on, just off?

I am trying to have a red LED fade off after it is switched on. I know I would need a capacitor, the question is, what value would be needed and would the cap be placed across + and - with the LED (and current limiting resistor) going from + to - as per usual if you see what I mean? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, kind regards

Question by LED Maestro   |  last reply


Computer sound just stopped working?

I was listening to some music on my computer. I changed the song, and the volume stops. I change another song, nothing, I go to YouTube, and still no sound. I check my volume controls, all good. I plug in some headphones, still no sound either. anyone have any tips for me? I google'd, but i got like 1 billion results.... Please help me. =[

Topic by wolf555hound   |  last reply


Just Don't Use it Near Water!

I've always sort of wondered why people who make game systems have to include warnings not to use them in water. Today I got my answer for me. I thought this was pretty funny. My solution: DON'T USE ELECTRONICS NEAR WATER!!!!! You'll probably have to click the 'i' in the corner of the image to be able to see what I have highlighted.

Topic by Gjdj3   |  last reply


Did I just fry a MOSFET? Answered

So I am working on a project that involves electromagnets and I am going to control them through a Arduino with a MOSFET. However when I was testing a set-up using an LED I think I fried it. So I am going to link my Circuit layout (excuse the quality, I made it in MSpaint) rather than try to explain it in words. Also I am pretty sure my resistor was too small, but I don't know if that is the killer.

Question by Jayccob   |  last reply


What did I just do?

If any of you out there who know lots about how the inside of my computer works could tell me what in the world I just did, that would be wonderful! Here's what I did: I clicked Start, clicked run, and typed 'CMD'. Command prompt opened up and I typed 'At (I put the time it would be 1 minute from when I typed it) /interactive "cmd.exe" After the minute went by a new command prompt opened up. I typed 'exit' in the old one. I did ctrl-alt-delete and ended the process 'explorer.exe'. After I killed that I typed 'cd ..' in the command prompt window, then I typed 'explorer.exe' and it opened back up. On my home computer I was signed in as SYSTEM at this point and on the computers in the computer labs at the community college I was logged in as the same user name as before except with a '$' on the end. At this point I appear to have privileges above an admin profile and I can access and edit all sorts of files and things I know an admin can't normally access. I can also do things to profiles, like give them admin privileges. I haven't figured out how to do this without setting the time I want it to start a minute ahead of the time it was when I typed it.... Is it possible? And I know the 'cd ..' brings me up a directory, why am I able to do this with explorer.exe closed? It appears to be a large security hole... I just want to know how/what just happened! Thanks! -DMC

Topic by drinkmorecoffee   |  last reply


I just bought a soldering iron!

   So im new to the soldering world as well as the small electronics and circuit world. I do know a little about restance capacitance and inductance. But I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for me to get started off with. I have an old TV, Im not sure if I can use my soldering iron to de-solder it, that I can strip down for parts.      My new soldering iron is  a 20w to 40w, Im not sure what range I need though. If anyone knows any fun easy DIYs that I can do to get started please let me know!!  Thanks!

Topic by crazed rhetoric   |  last reply


Instructables bugs and issues? Is it just me? Answered

Is it just me, or has their been a spike in the number of spam BS about "age defying creme"  and "unique way to get muscles", etc etc, etc. on the question page? At times I would see like 3-7 random posts like that, and have gone through and flagged them all as spam. Sure enough they have disappeared later that day.  Currently, there are 5 SPAM POSTS I have found in nearly consecutive order! (I did not link these to avoid getting flaged as spam myself, and I flagged all of them already so they may have rotted already. Who knows.) https://www.instructables.com/answers/httptestoxlreviewnetalpha-limit-/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/Unique-Way-to-Get-Muscles/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/weightloss-pills-only-likely-to-your-physician/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/concentrating-on-treating-them-within-your-skin/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/Important-Skin-Advantages-Of-Aloe-Vera-Gel/ That's just ridiculous! Also, recently, instructables decided to stop sending me email updates on comments on my instructables, and I have checked my settings for emails from instructables, as well as spam. I am not sure if the problem still persists, but I have had to actually load up my previos question on my DSL not working properly to see answers. (I suspected something was up because after a day, no email was received that I got answers. I knew that was not likely. Sure enough when I went to some of my published 'ables, I saw comments that I did not receive as email updates! Wats up with dat?) If anyone else is having similar issues, I will probably find way to file bug report with this info. My guess is that the security for making new accounts is compromised (like captchas not working properly) and that the 'ables robot server is not working properly. No clue. What I do know is that I will be refreshing this page periodically to see new replies to test if emails work or not. I will post in the comments if they do.

Question by -max-   |  last reply


I just got a ordered my Ipod Touch 4!

Hey guys, I just bought a Ipod Touch 4 8GB. I'm still waiting for it in the mail but it should be here in about 3-5 days from Thanksgiving Day. Pictures to come.

Topic by Vynash   |  last reply


I'm just glad Kipkay didn't enter this

I'm just glad Kipkay didn't enter this :) His videos are awesome!https://www.instructables.com/member/Kipkay/

Topic by siliconghost   |  last reply


will a monitor run just on a portable hard drive? ?

I am trying to make the monitor into a digital frame without a lot of work ?

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i'm just curious about the new format

I've been gone for a little while and instructables has really expanded but what is with the "pro" thing by some people's names and the instructable guides? p.s. i didn't know what categorie it belonged to

Question by SuperCoPilot   |  last reply


Just to make sure! 30A to charge battery?

Hey! I have an old home alarm system which is broken beyond repair. I just wanted to make sure if it is OK to charge the 12v battery at 2.1 or2.4 Ah with an ATX PSU at 30A? Will the battry just take 2A from it? If not I have the transformer that came with the Alarm, would that be safe to charge with? It's 12v BTW. Thanks. Never can be too careful. Also, I'm using it on a scanner light tube, this will be fine, yes? I have the starter, it is not a problem. It's weird though, when it is lit, you can pull out the ground on the light tube, not the starter and ut still stays lit. Weird. Thanks in advance!

Topic by Josho   |  last reply


Export Google SketchUp as just the faces and measurements?

I made a simple chair in Google SkecthUp and wanted to make it out of cardboard(lot of time on my hands). I was wondering if their was a simple way to export all the faces and measurements in the .skp file?

Question by Chromatica   |  last reply


I just made this panel of solar cells...

I was bored and I had this laying around from taking apart cheapy solar lamps. I did have them wired previously for 4.5 volts in series but I decided to put them together with some basal wood and wire it in parallel, I plan to get some more cheap solar lights and wire them in three's aswell and then wire the panels together in series to get a higher voltage. I tested the ma shortage current on them and it was only 5ma, is that right? Then again the lamp I was using is kinda crappy, I'll try in the day time outside.

Topic by Punkguyta   |  last reply


Good motherboard, for just starting custom builds?

Hi, I am relatively new to building custom computers. However, I feel like I know enough to actually build one. The first problem I'm having though is finding a good motherboard. I won't be doing a whole lot of hard core gaming, but probably a little(Halo, Fallout 3/New Vegas, MW2, etc...). So I would say I'd need the following specs(minimum, more is usually better): 4GB DDR3 RAM PCI Slot(s) 3 SATA devices(2 HDDs, 1 Disk Drive) 500GB HDD(s) AMD AM3 Athlon II x2 445 VGA & DVI I think I've found a good mobo to fit this bill: GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 Can anyone vouch for it, or offer a better suggestion?

Topic by metrogdor22   |  last reply


ULN2003 Just wondering if I can connect more than just 1 IC to the same parallel port ?

I want to connect multiple stepper motors for CNC machines or robotics. Connecting 1 ULN2003 to the parallel port seems pretty simple but how to connect 3 ? Anyone know of a schematic diagram or some advice please ? The motors should work simultaneously.

Question by Havetotryit   |  last reply


Is it possible to program Atmega chips with just a bootloaded chip? Answered

I was wondering if i could use a atmega chip with an arduino bootloader to program other chips. I have an arduino uno, and it doesnt have ISP abilities yet due to software issues. So i want to try using a bootloaded chip to program other chips. Could i stick it into my uno to program it, and then take it out and program other chips? Just wondering :) Thanks

Question by astroboy907   |  last reply


Just want to know more about inputs on the cpu?

On the HP Pavilion Laptop and theToshiba Satellite Laptop i wanted to know what inputs do they  have and what are thier uses,which laptop would be best for online classes??

Question by tjazznx   |  last reply


How to battery power a PC just like a laptop?

I'm wanting to battery power a PC but don't know exactly how to assemble it, here are the parts that i plan to get.My PC is going to draw roughly 150w, i would like it be charging and usable at the same time just like laptopbattery:https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-high-capacity-...PSU:https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/182249128437?chn=psCharger: what charger should i get?Don't know

Topic by OTKZuki   |  last reply


Make Magazine: Copyright infringement? Or just bad manners?

I just got my copy of Make magazine through the door, issue 11.I had a quick flick through, and I saw something remarkably familiar on page 141 - a spherical speaker array based on a pair of red Ikea salad bowls. Just like this Instructable, posted here over four months ago and a finalist in the laser-cutter contest. In fact, it's the same thing.Is there any mention of Instructables? Not a jot. I'm assuming that the author of the article, Michael F. Zbyyszynski, is our own mzed, but wouldn't it have been nice to mention that the make isn't a Make magazine original? That we had it first?I'm not getting at mzed here, I place the blame firmly on the editors of Make.But, without shelling out for eight back copies of Make, how many other articles in Make have been lifted directly from this site, without credit to the site?

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Turning AM/FM clock radio into just a radio?

Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and couldn't quite find the answer to my question.  I have a cheapo AM/FM clock radio and thought it would be a fun Sunday afternoon project to turn it into just a radio.  I don't need the clock/alarm function anymore (I use my phone) and my dog likes to have some noise around when I'm not home (TV is an option, but I hate leaving the screen on all day).  Currently, the radio only turns on when the clock is triggered by the set alarm time...and it only plays for a max of 60 minutes.   Should be easy, right?  I opened the clock and couldn't quite figure out what I'm looking at...

Topic by Alischon   |  last reply


My fave LED just DIED!! Please help!!

My latest work involves one of those LED's that change color as they glow. I'm using a battery pack i ripped off of something because it has a switch pre installed. It holds 4 AA batteries. I've tried it with the LED in question before, and it worked just fine. I was testing it again after some assembly and BAM, twas dysfunctional. It glows very feebly. So I switched with my one back up LED. That one won't even light. What did I do wrong? Did I over power it? Where can I go to purchase a new LED of the color-changing type? How do I not kill this one?

Topic by KentsOkay   |  last reply


can i turn a fridge freezer in to just a freezer?

I have and old vertical fridge freezer.( freezer compartment on top).  the seals have pretty much gone on the fridge part, so i am wondering if its possible to completely disable the cooling of the fridge part, while the freezer carries on working. i am assuming also that this will reduce the running cost of the unit if only the freezer5 cheers will

Question by agatornz   |  last reply


Tempted to leave instructables just because of the new layouts

I may have only been here for 2 years but this site is changing a bit too much for my tastes. In those 2 years most of the major changes have been pretty recent. Why they haven't implemented legacy views yet baffles me. Or allowing us to customize our own personal layout. By personal layout I mean that each person can customize how the site looks to HIM OR HER. If they implemented that I would be willing to put up with the bugs and glitches it would cause just for the fact that it pleases my eye. What they seem to be doing is copying facebook's style. This absolutely sickens me. I HATE facebook and the only reason I got it was to see just how bad it is. The layout for facebook form over function. It is needlessly over complicated  I am a function over form guy. I bet most of the people here are function over form too.  Don't be a facebook. If you do I will take my 10$ worth of advertising else where. Maybe if a couple thousand leave you will get it.

Topic by tytiger33   |  last reply


Finishing my turbocharger jet; Just a few questions!

Hey all, I'm currently building a turbocharger based jet engine, and i'm nearly done. The one problem stopping it from becoming a finished machine is how to get a good reliable spark. Is it possible to use a glow plug in the combustion chamber and a glow starter insted of a spark plug? All my attempts to use a spark plug have failed so far, and I would love to be able to avoid the issue of 555 timers and electronics needed for reliable sparks, since I haven't a clue how they work.

Question by OldManMahoney   |  last reply


GREAT ELECTRONIC AUDIO ITEM JUST CAME AVAILABLE

The Electronic Goldmine  has a rare to find component. "Tiny audio optocoupler is about the size of a pencil eraser and has 4 leads. These are used extensively in audio compressors, audio level controls, audio limiters, expanders/noise gates, guitar tremolo effects, guitar amplifiers and music effect boxes. Inside the black epoxy case is a 2 lead photocell (not a photodiode or photo-transistor) and a 2 lead LED. This is why the device finds extensive use in audio applications (photocell instead of photodiode). The LED requires about 10-16mA current and the resistance of the photocell varies from 150K up to megohms when the LED is off to under 400ohms when the LED is on." A

Topic by iceng   |  last reply


Replace just 1-2 bad li-on cells?

I've got a fairly new DeWalt 20V Lipo Battery pack that got a bit of water inside it's case, causing 1 of the 10 cells inside to go bad. Pertinent info: * Battery pack is configured as 5x2 (5 series stages of two parallel pairs each) * Other cells are in near-new condition. * OEM Factory battery exact matches are rare and quite overpriced.  (1500mah x 15A discharge rate @ $10-20 shipped.) * Due to improvement in battery tech, I can get batteries that outperform OEM in every spec for 30-40% of what the OEM costs (2500mah x 20A discharge rate @ $4-6 shipped.) * The battery pack is always charged on a cell-balancing charger. Assumptions:  (Correct me if I'm wrong here, especially on the 2nd one) * The partner cell to the dead one is now suspect, due to being undercharged (down to <.1V)  by it's dead partner. * I should be able to just replace the bad cell and it's partner with the higher spec'd batteries and it shouldn't be a problem Is this workable, or will having non-identical cells for 2 of the 10 cells cause problems?  (I'm totally fine with the pack only being as strong as the weakest link, and only getting OEM performance out of the replaced cells.) I'd rather not have to replace all 10 cells, but I'd rather do that than replace 2, and -then- have to replace all 10 because the combination didn't work.

Topic by SvdSinner   |  last reply


I Just got a Brand new Atari 2600!!

So I decided to be a super nice boyfriend and completly re-do my girlfriends condo. during the process I ended up in the basement trying to move an old armour... during my frustration in moving it I took a short break and was rifling through old junk for entertainment. short story short, I stumbled upon a brand new Atari 2600 with like 15 cartridges. I guess she got it when she was a kid but never even had intrest enough to open it up and receved new cartridges every so often... she gave it to me!!!. I can't wait to crack this thing open and start gaming it up...lol. on the other hand... I'm unable to decide if I should even open it... I mean how often do you see an Atari still in its packaging

Topic by chaoscampbell   |  last reply


I Just Got an Old Camera! (Now what?)

I'm not sure what to do with it... Should I try to restore it, clean it up a bit, find some film on eBay, and use it?Or should I polish it up a bit and see how much I can sell it for?I like film cameras and all, but this one's a bit bulky... And I already have a really good Canon SLR that takes 35mm film, so I don't need another film camera, and I got a nice Polaroid too (what you think of first when someone says "Polaroid", not a camera made by Polaroid that isn't a Polaroid but is a Polaroid because it's made by them).So, here's some pics, taken with my Kodak. What do you think?BTW, Let me know if you want me to post more... I've opened it up already, I can do it again.

Topic by Labot2001   |  last reply


Free Openoffice(the program is just like microsoft word)

So here's the story:A few weeks ago my computer crashed. So I started using a different one, but because I lost my microsoft installation cd, I had to use wordpad. But then I found Openoffice and downloaded it for free. It works exactly like microsft word, except it has more. Here is a link to the website that I downloaded it from:http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/downloads/2128963/openoffice have fun and enjoy

Topic by kimmud24   |  last reply



How do I find the instructable I just published?

Just published my first instructable, and now I can't find it!  Is there a way to search for things you have personally published?

Question by chromisdesigns   |  last reply


How can i find the newest instructables not the just the featured? Answered

How can i find the newest instructables not the just the featured?

Question by pyrocop1   |  last reply



hey guys just wondering wat is a cool robotics project.

I am a first timer so not to hard. i have a basic idea on this kind of stuff bout need help thanks?

Question by ninjake   |  last reply


We should have known the Swiss were just copying...

Thanks to the great folks at MAKE for letting me stumble across this! The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge has a 2300 year old Roman multitool, with eating utensils, picks, and the same sort of unidentifiable weirdities the Swiss are famous for.

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


Am just wondering if a high input to my subwoofer will spoil it?

My ibm comp spoilt its internal speaker. i think due to its high out power(its so loud). i use the same output to feed the sub woofer. i wondered if the high output will spoil it

Question by mauricewarebee   |  last reply


Just how fast can a 2.6GHz Pentium 4 go?

Well I have gotten a 2.6GHz Pentium 4, on the socket 478 with stock cooling, to go as high as 2.94GHz before the system starts to hang. I believe I have the Core voltage set to 1.875v, and I am running windows XP home edition. the system specs (other than the cpu) are: -Ram-1gb in four slots -HDD's-Fujitsu 10gb and Maxtor 10gb -Mainboard-Asus P4GBX -Video-Nvidia Geforce (2?) pci card -Cooling-Stock pentium 4 cooling aparatus and 2 case fans -PSU-350W Enermax The cpu is just a standard socket 478 pentium 4 that has a stock speed of 2.667GHz Has anyone gotten theirs to go any faster?

Topic by zack247   |  last reply