TV Aquarium

Ok, I'm thinking of turning an old TV/Computer screen, CRT, into an aquarium. If so would anyone be interested in me making an instructable about it? Please tell me if there is already an instructable about this. Thanks.

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Old Tv Speakers and Subwoofers

I have an old sansui tv, but ijust want to use its 2 speakers and 2 subwoofers, i means to convert it to only sound system, please help

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TV antenna

Is it possible to make a tv antenna from an old router? I have an old router and a tv antenna. I am trying to do this because my stupid cable provider won't pick up a second CBS. Then my TV tower fell about 5 years ago. Last month I found this station. It's 79.2 miles away. My little indoor TV antenna pick it up at NIGHT, on CLEAR skies only. (Not in the day) and I have to hold the antenna. I know routers would be didgital (if that has anything to do with it). My tv does have the digital tuner. On digital I can't pick it up, but i do somewhat on analog.

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portable tv

I really would like to try and make a portable tv I am wondering if it was possible I have a decent lcd screen out of a car gps but the only markings on it are vdd , avdd ,vgh ,vgl, pol,vcom, gnd and there are some contacts that say q1 ,q2 ,q3 r0, and c1 I was wondering if somebody could tell me how to connect it to a chip and if it would be possible to make a receiver out of an old VCR

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Sceptre tv

Hi  I have a fairly new TV < 1 year old.  Upon adjusting the volume on the TV remote the picture began cycling colors as shown above. Grey, black, white, red, green, blue...over and over I can still hear the volume, but no picture...just flashing colors.  Also no features on remote are currently working. Have powered off and re-powered on TV...no help. Please help- Thanks much- Eric

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WHAT KIND OF PROJECT CAN I CREATE FROM OLD TV REMOTES?

CAN I CREATE SOME KIND OF ELECTRONIC GADGET

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I have disassembled an old TV. Can anyone lead me in the right direction to find what some of these things are? Answered

I have disassembled an old TV parts info.  I've been able to catalog most of the components, but, I have transformers, transistors, chokes/loops, and others that I can not get info on.  I've tried Googling the part numbers, but, I'm getting no where.  Can someone please help in leading me in the right direction?  Thanks.

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How to connect a PS2 to an old tv

I'm new to Instructables and not sure if i'm posting in the right area. So,i do not mean to irritate anyone. Anyway, i have an old tv with only an antenna jack in the back and wish to connect my PS2 to it. I have tried already using a tv adapter used for the atari and a rca splitter. I connected the video and left sound to one end of the splitter, and plugged the other end into the coaxial plug for the atari. I then screwed the atari adapter to the antenna jack on the tv. I get a distorted image on my tv in bright colors, but no sound. Any ideas or tips on building a converter or adapter would be great.

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Fixing a old tv that shorts out?

So i have this old Magnavox projection tv, hasent been run in a long time due to a shorting issue between a heatsink and something (its been so long that i dont even remember) I can plug it in and find excatly where its shorting but i dont want to fry the tv... I do remember that it is one of the heatsinks by the flyback that it arced from. I also have the basic wiring diagram for the tv, but it only shows how to adjust the picture, what connects to what and, what wire is what. Should i try and turn it on again and find where its shorting and possably fix it, or just call some tv repair guy who knows more of what hes doing.

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monitor and tv-tuner

Is there a way to connect an old 21 inch monitor with 5 rgb+hv bnc connectors and an external tv-tuner to watch television with?

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playing old games on my new tv

I have a saga megadrive an atari 2600 and a snes and a nice digital tv but when i put the tv on analog i cant seem to find any of the consoles any clue how to get them to work?

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What can i do with a Old TV? Answered

The picture is very blurry, and you have to mess with controls in order to read text, and mess with them again to watch your movie. it is heavy, and i don't want to take it apart.

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TV Remote Project? Answered

I've got an old TV remote. I'm pretty sure it works, though I no longer have the TV. It doesn't work with my new(er) tv. I really don't want to throw out this remote....any ideas for something I could do with it?

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Old laptop Project

I have an old laptop I've recently taken apart and i was wondering... How can i convert the HDD to a portable storage device? and How can i convert the LCD screen to a monitor or a normal TV?

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Star on BoingBoing TV!

Our good friend Star Simpson finally explains her side of the Logan airport debacle in an interview with Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing TV. She decided to talk to Xeni because BoingBoing was the only news source to get it right the first time. Check it out, and see for yourself!Edit: don't forget to check out Star's Breadboard Sweatshirt Instructable.And yes, the interview is in the control tower of the old Instructables HQ.

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what can do with my old projection tv that stopped working?

I have an old projection tv that has stopped working its huge and takes up alot of space im thinking of just parting it out but i dont know what to do with it. be creative any ideas welcome. Thanks!

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Connect PC to old(ish) Projector: Connection

Hey, I got an old projector from my school from my school recently, that has a video in, and i have managed to make it wok with my DVD player. My question now is, is it  possible to connect it to my computer? It only has One RCA  (Actually, I'm not sure its called RCA. The cable that plugs into it looks like this http://www.darlingtoncomputerrepairs.co.uk/images/so123447.jpg) video in cable. I was wondering if this http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-PC-TV-Converter-Box/dp/B002CMAW20/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1324852028&sr;=1-6 would work? Does anyone know please? Thanks in advance

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Portable Homemade TV Answered

I built a TV from an old laptop screen and one of those LCD control boards you can get from eBay but I’m curious how to go about adding a battery to it to make it portable. So, my question is, how do I go about battery safety and how do I control charging and isolation? For example, if I plug the TV in because the battery is dead, do I just have a charging board between the input and battery and let the charging board take care of the rest? And the same question is applied to when the battery is at peak charge but I don’t want to use the battery just simply plugged in. The battery is a 12v 2A lipo and I don’t want any fires. I’ve thought about adding a switch to simplify things but that’s inconvenient and armature I could make a circuit that would cut off the flow when the battery is at peak I suppose but I’m not sure of the schematics or if that is the right approach. I’m good at building just not figuring this stuff out….

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Security moniter

Does anybody know how i can take an old Toshiba T.V. and a Samsung camera and make a security camera and moniter? Or any other way i can make a security setup using the old T.V. moniter?  

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No step by step on old project and want to enter contest ?

Just joined the site and I have an old project that I would like to enter in a contest ! Is this possible ?

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i have two old cellphones a tv jammer and an old tv remote what can i do with the stuff ?

Can i make something out of them oh and one of the cellphones has a camera

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Is there any way to use devices on my old TV? Answered

I took a 7" Action ACN-3700 portable black & white CRT TV that was sitting on a shelf. It has an external antenna input on the back but it uses a mini sterio jack. Is there any adaptor for RF?

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Old flyback transformers

I really want a old flyback transformer for my high voltage projects, but I don't know where to get one. I tried to get one from my local TV repair shop, but they did not have any, only new modern flyback transformers and I don't want that kind of transformer. So if you have any old functional flyback transformers that you don't want anymore, I would really want to buy them from you, and I will pay for the postage price. I will buy modern flyback transformers if you are trying to give it away for a very cheap price or for free (I will still pay for the postage price). Please respond to me if you live in UK, if you don't live in UK, please don't respond to me because I cannot afford such high postage (shipping) bill.

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Old big-screen TV -- What to do with the dang thing?

My big-screen TV is 18 years-old and is forcing me to buy a bigger house. What can I do with it? It works but the picture is just plain bad. I hate to trash it because the wood structure looks so much nicer than its reception. Aquarium? No, I don't care to clean the tank. Bookshelf? No, I don't need that. Gun cabinet? Nah. Anybody have an interesting idea or know where to direct me for creative advice? This dinosaur is huge but looks great when closed. Thanks, RebelwoaCloo.

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can an unused dish type satellite antenna be used with a digital converter box and an old tv?

I see that people are making their own tv antennas and opting out of cable and satellite service, so I was wondering if there was any way I could utilize a no longer used dish type satellite antenna that sits on my roof with a digital converter box and an old tv to get free tv and not have to pay for an indoor antenna....?  And if so, how would I hook it up?  Thanks

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how do i make a connection from a video camera to a tv? could i use a old wireless phone set? (not that old)?

Basically im making something like what the kid did in home alone 3 but in a lot much larger scale and i want a way to connect a video camera to this thing

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is there anything i can do/build with an old indoor TV antenna? i was thinking in a wifi adapters direction...? Answered

I found this old TV indoor antenna, and i was wondering if there is any use for it? in any way... like building something ... thank's for your time

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Are there any good uses for a black and white TV tuner from an old minitv?

Specific model is XINFA TDQ-4D. I've already scavenged most of the parts from this old minitv, and the tuner is one of the few left that I can find no use for. Any ideas?

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i need help removing a flyback transformer from an old CRT tv

Is there any guides on how to do it?

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What's something creative to do with my old 4:3 TV set?

I've got an old 26" standard definition TV. Nobody will buy it, and it feels like a waste to throw it out. Any ideas for turning it into something cool? I was thinking of removing the tube and making it into a fish tank or a terrarium...

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Old analogue TV with set top box problems

Hello everyone. This is the first time I have asked a question on Instructables, so please bare with me. Ok, so I have an old tv (one with only a RF coaxial input port) and a set top box. At the moment, I have the cable from the antenna plugged into the back of the set top box, then I have the component cables from the set top box plugged into the back of an old VCR player which has an RF coaxial output which goes to the TV itself. Now, this is all fine and dandy, the picture quaulity is good and it all worked forst go, the problem I am having is the sound. The sound is really very quiet which doesn't matter too much as the TV is pretty close to where I sit, but there is a static fuzzy sound that sort of drowns out the sound I am hearing. So I am thinking that the VCR player is causing this interference and quiet sound, would I be right? Is there some sort of adapter I can get that converts a component input into a coaxial RF output so I can bypass the VCR player? Any other tips/Ideas? Thankyou very much.

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How to remove electron gun from an old tv?

There is currently two old tube tv's on my street and i have already scavenged components like the flyback and 400v cap, but i was wondering if there was any way i could remove the electron gun for experimentation in vacuums. If anyone could explain it to me or post a link to vid, instructable or webpage it would be very helpful.

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Has anybody attempted this project before?

I got a 1952 RCA console TV I have Gutted the old CRT and chasis. I am going to replace the CRT [ TV TUBE] with a computor monitor and a cable box. I'll drill a front door peep hole viewer in front of the cable box IR sensor for remote control. I make a new custom trim plate for the new " picture tube" and I would like to use the old 8" speaker. Monitors have a more square shape than LCD TV's which is closer to the round tubes of the fiftys. Using a cable box would allow me to place the Peep site where I want it with relation to the cabinet.

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how do I fix an analog tv with a shrinkig picture?

It's an old zenith about 1995. The picture is shrinking from top to bottom so there is just a thin picture in the middle.if I hit the tv the picture will go back to normal for a very short time.

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One mans garbage...

Really is another mans gold! I'm the type of person who, when seeing something internesting, picks it up. For instance, I have found: @ A working VCR (and I use it) @ A small TV (not broken, just REALLY old) @ Microwave ovens (several, not a single one broken) @ Old computers (the joys of Harddrive magnets) @ A 27 inch Panasonic TV (it's working perfectly, i use it daily) UPDATE 10 July 2010 @ A working DVD player (slot jammed, fixed it) @ A PlayStation 1 (not tested, I'll report back) (tested it with the AV cable I also found, it works!) There's no shame in taking "trash" off the streets! I got some funny looks having a small TV strapped to my bike, I take them as compliments! What I'm trying to say here is basically Save the planet, finders keepers!

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I have a 32&quot; Sylvania TV that the picture went all black. Does anyone know how to fix it?

It is a 32" Sylvania and it started getting dark a while back and kept getting darker and darker to where it is all black screen now but the sound still works. Does anyone out there know how or what I can do to fix it on my own as I'm not able to take it in to get it fixed. I am hoping it is a part that I can just replace so it would be a great help if someone could help me. Thanks to all who can help. Model # 6432TD 2003 year Model If you need more info please ask. big and heavy old style. I think it has a tube but I'm not sure. It looks like an over sized monitor.

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Do (old) gaming consoles/games work in different countries? Answered

Will a gaming console like (sega mega drive 2 or sega genesis or sega genesis 3) (from India) work in the U.S. ? will the games work? I can get a converter for the plug/outlet, but will I face any (configuration) problems on the TV?

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RCA converter project

I have an old TV that I want to convert so that it's able to be used as a monitor for my camcorder. The TV however only has an antennae and screws on the back for a circular UHF antenna. It's an old RCA Model EJR 291S black and white tv. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

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I need help remembering an old commercial. Free Pro membership to the first answer!

I cannot remember what kind of product the commercial was for.  (So I guess it failed as a long term advertisement.) What I do remember is detailed below: There was a guy waiting in traffic and a school bus pulled up next to him.  Then all the kids were making faces at him and stuff.  After a while he gets annoyed and makes some ridiculous face in retaliation.  Then all the kids get scared and sit back down. I remember it was a Super Bowl commercial.  I think it was in the late 90s. This has been bugging me for a long time.  Like the title says, the first person to answer this will get a free year of Pro Membership!

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Can I make a digital antenna with my old satellite dish?

I have a satellite dish (Dish 500). Can I use this dish to make a digital antenna to use with my digital TV converter (Zenith DTT900)?

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How can I turn on old tv zoom lens into a telescope

I have acquired a couple of tv zoom lens from canon tv station cameras. Does anyone out there know of a way to turn them into a telescope. Or ad a camera back attachment. It seems like a waste tossing them out. The lenses are fine, btw I'm cheap!

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where would be a good place to find an electron gun?

I remember hearing that old tv's and possibly monitors have these, i'm thinking about making my own free electron laser, and i need a good source of, well, free electrons.

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How to make a tv screen's electron beam constant, not pulsed?

I got an old black and white mini radio tv. I hacked the yoke to turn it into a vector display. The problem is that the beam electron beam is pulsed, rather than constant,  causing dotted lines. How do I make the beam constant? Should I bypass the internal RF input circuitry and replace the normal input with something else? Is there an easier solution?

Question by magnum-colossus   |  last reply


replace a 21 " CRT in a TV with the small CRT PC monitor ?

 i have a 21" TV lying around and an old CRT monitor. basically i want to use the CRT monitor as the TV in my bed room. the old 21" TV is not  working but the CRT monitor is. is there any way I can use the monitor as a tv without the computer? since the monitor cannot be directly connected to the cable i need a way to use it... pls help. 

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How do you align an old big screen TV?

I have one of those old, 90's big screen TVs, but the lenses are out of alignment so it is literally painful on the eyes to watch at times. Anybody know (or have a link to) how to align the lenses? (It's not so important to me that I want to pay a pro to do it, but I haven't gotten rid of it yet in case it could be done). Thanks!

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Wireless connection

I have an old iPod touch that I can hook up to my tv I was wondering how can I use that  To connect my new iPod touch to my tv wirelessly  like I want to old iPod to be the receiver  then I would tv out that on to my tv any suggestions thanks in advanced .

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Maybe I can make something unusual

Maybe you know it from TV commercial, but when today I see this video, it amazes me. Hy Snell continues painting at 94... Such as he say: "Everyday I try to do the best thing I ever made"... I hope you like as I like!

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