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You is down

Whenever I go to my You page, I get the "Instructables is down, watch this video, at least it's not velociraptors" page. This only happens on my You page, all other pages (including editing) are working fine). Happened last night using FireFox, and right now using IE.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Layout and page down function

The banner or top frame is enormous.  Why?  When I'm reading the instructable I admit I have the zoom enlarged.  the problem is the banner enlarges.  Now it occupies about 25-35% of the vertical space.  Why am I seeing this thing when I hit page down?  There's absolutely nothing of value on that banner.  Most of us (unless we have zero short term memory) don't need to see this space wasting thing.  Why not have an "opt out" option for it?  Give your readers a choice.  Readers like choices.  When I use Page Down using Firefox on Win7 it doesn't work accurately.  It goes too far so I'm missing a line or 2.  This has been like this for years.  Its because of that banner.  This happens often on many websites.  ----------------------- PDF downloads are nice but an HTML download would be far more useful as then the line could have an adjustable wrap width.  With the PDF the image size is locked.  This is very restricting and so last century.  Consider an HTML download  (minus that space wasting banner...duh) and that would preserve formatting and allow good user control.  ----------------------- You have one of the most informative and useful websites on the planet.  You should be proud of it.  I hope you are because its well deserved.  So now lets get it functioning more logically!

Topic by SpencerW  


Busy script slowing down pages

The site is running slowly, and every time I change pages it takes an unusually long time for the page to load up, interrupted by this message pop-up: A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete. Script: https://www.instructables.com/static/js/prototype.js:5550

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


"You Page"

This is in reference to a typo in the drop down menu at the right side of the header (it shows the user's icon and says "You").  The first option in this dropdown is "You Page", but it seems it should actually be "YouR Page"

Topic by gussiegal    |  last reply


AJAX sliding down converter of units

Hello all, I was browsing, but not limited by, the food instructables and saw that all the measurements were in non-metric values. How would it be if European members can convert cups for milliliters, for example. It would certainly not be difficult to do, but takes some time to get it all working. I know the theory of jQuery but never tried it, so thats why Im saying it. It would help so incredibly much/.

Topic by TT2    |  last reply


Unresponsive pages

For some reason today the shortcuts menu, and all image thumbs are not working.. I hover over the Shortcuts menu and nothing drops down, clicking it takes me to my shortcuts customization page as normal, and the drop menu works there so i can click Recent. but on the Recent page, its dead again.. Right now while typing this the Shortcuts menu is working, but when i click on it to go to Recent its dead again after i get there. Secondly in all ibles, clicking on any image thumb to make it the displayed image in the step fails to do anything, it just sits at the 1st image. I'm not sure what has happened or if its something in my browser all of a sudden (Firefox, worked fine before, nothings changed, not even closed it before this happening). even browser restart didn't help, nor clearing cache or cookies for the site. something happen to instructables during the night?

Topic by Bongmaster    |  last reply


PDF Down load

Hi I am a premium subscriber joined January 2nd 2018. When I want download a pdf I get sent to the subscibe page and to subscribe again I already have a two year premium subscription. Cant find a page to help with this . Thank you BruceP54!

Question by BruceP54    |  last reply


Link to "You Page" on "Inbox" page

When viewing your account "stuff" everything is in a tab (you page, instructables, discussions, etc.) except for mail. It's easy to check mail by using the link in the left nav bar, but once there, it's harder to return. The drop down menu in the top right is fine but can be cumbersome on mobile devices because it's so small. Could we get a link to the "You Page" in the left nav bar as well?

Topic by Brooklyntonia    |  last reply


home page bug

As i scroll down the home page to view the builds, the page keeps going bace to the top of the page.  it seems that when the large banner refreashes it does the whole page and starts back at the top

Topic by dmueth    |  last reply


Front page is broken

The front page is broken. First, words typed into the large search box come up backwards (can't upload screenshot due to "server maintenance"). Second, hitting the space bar whilst typing in the large search box takes you to the end of the front page. So, trying to type in "cable reel" shows "elbac" in the search box, then you jump to the bottom of the page. Third, the drop-down menus (Explore, Create etc) do not work on the front page. (But, the small search box at the top of the front page is working) This is not just on my home computer - Kitewife just phoned me to tell me that they were having this problem at her place of work (she was trying to show some colleagues some knitting techniques, I think.)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Front page changes

I've just released a new version of Instructables with a couple of visible changes, couple of less visible ones - well OK some of these went up last night but anyway here's the deal.  The homepage Halloween lists are down in favor of a set of gift suggestions - we're starting to get ready for the holidays as you can see!  We'll keep the Halloween category for a while longer though (not quite ready to let go of our favorite holiday). There are some bug fixes around rss feeds, around images, and around Pro memberships.  We're also in the middle of doing a css and javascript cleanup so there are lots of under-the-hood changes there.  With luck you'll never notice those at all, though. Enjoy!  As always if you find any bugs, please let us know in the forums, in Help > Bugs.

Topic by rachel  


Profile Page Updates

Hello Everyone! Many of you have noticed and commented on the site updates that went live on Thursday, October 20, which included substantial design changes to the member profile page. The profile page is near to many of your hearts as the front door to your substantial investments in Instructables, and while some have found these changes disturbing, we believe that they're very much in the community's best interests. I wanted to reach out just to let you know that we have given the new design a great deal of thought and attention, and to share with you some of the reasons behind the changes. First, to clear up some ambiguity about the current state of affairs: The public member profile is stage one of two major changes to the site that will work together. Stage two, which is well underway but not released yet, involves the private profile page (currently the "you" page) and will make access to aspects of your presence on the site much more accessible. Full lists of your own content will soon be available on a full-featured (and much more beautiful) private view of the member page; meanwhile, this content is all available in the "you" section. So the sense that your own content has gone missing is temporary. Second, the High-Level Goals: Clearer, more accessible design. Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to drill down into the various categories. We want to help you all build large audiences of new appreciators, and while an infinitely detailed catalog of an author's content is appropriate for some, the breadth of activity on Instructables can make it difficult for new users encountering the site for the first time to understand what Instructables is about. Fundamentally this is what the new design is for: to help people understand, at a glance, what a given author is up to on Instructables. Highlighting Engagement vs Cataloguing Activity. Different people interact with Instructables in different ways, but our member page has never reflected this subtlety. It has always presented the most recent Instructables and comments, even for authors who contribute exclusively to the forums, or through favoriting and following other users. We felt that your activity on Instructables should be presented front and center, because it more evenly describes the way in which you participate in the community. Many members participating in this very discussion have benefitted from this choice, even as they challenge it. Forum posts used to live buried under a tab on the left; now, the contribution of a forum topic can appear right at the top if that's how the author participates in the community. We wanted to see how authors engage, and we felt it was ultimately more important than being able to drill through every piece of historical content hierarchically. Audience vs Self. The old profile page served "my view of me" and "my audience's view of me" somewhat evenly. With the changes we've made, and the changes in the pipeline, we're taking a stance. The public page is for my audience, the private page is for me. We're confident the new design better serves authors' audiences, even if it has some weaknesses for the author's own view. The author-centric side is coming, please hang in there! Surfacing Older Content. At HQ, we have frequent discussions about the "evergreen-ness" of the Instructables authors post. A great project from 2009 is still a great project, even though the wider internet has a strong preference for "new" over "good". But it's a struggle for us: we can't put every good project on the homepage forever, or new projects wouldn't have a chance. So we have to strike a balance. The new member page helps in this regard: if your old-but-awesome project still gets some attention and activity, it'll show up in your timeline as people favoriting the old project. So your profile becomes a place of discovery, where I can see "whoa, look at that cool thing that this person made 3 years ago!". Previously, the old project would have been buried under several clicks from the landing page, generating almost zero traffic. Add to that the new ability to select "top projects", and you can see that we're trying to help you keep your best projects in the limelight. See new features below. Third, New Features to Help Authors: Top-Five Projects. DIY Projects are at the core of the Instructables experience, and we listened to authors who make different kinds of things, but want to treat their Instructables Profile like a Portfolio. Randofo is one of the community's best-known and prolific Arduino Gurus, but it's a fact that an Arduino Project of his is a much bigger time investment than some of his smaller food projects. In fact, did you know that he's authored 38 food projects? Now, randofo has the opportunity to present his most-relevant work first, rather than leaving it to his audience to figure out. Right now, he seems to be all about Halloween. Activity Feed. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We felt that having an activity feed on the member page was the most effective way to answer the most important question for a member page to answer: How does this member participate in the community? While that information was certainly available in the old layout, divining it required an audience member to click through all the tabs, reading every piece of content to completion. There was nothing "glanceable" about the information architecture, except perhaps the achievements (which we've kept). We believe that the activity feed, with the "top Instructables" feature in particular, makes it much easier to determine at a glance how a member participates. Fourth, It's a Living Document: We're watching your comments and feedback closely, and I expect that you'll see some pieces that you're missing return. I can't comment on specifics right now, but I know there are some statistics and counters that may have value. We agree, and we'll respond. But there was a whole lot of "extra" information on the page to begin with, and we wanted to start over as cleanly as possible. UX & Bugs. With a big feature like this, there are bound to be growing pains. Hopefully, you've already seen some improvement with regard to the delay in setting your "top Instructables" and having those reflected on your page. There's still a little blip, but it's down to about 10 seconds now, vs the 20 minutes when we first released it. Sorry about that! We'll also be looking carefully at how the page looks, making sure that we aggregate activity events such that no one event type (ahem, favorites!) takes over, etc. That's all for now. Hope having a little context helps put the changes in context. If it can't bring everyone onto the same page, we at least hope that it'll make them a little less out-of-the-blue. Thank you to you all who have written your comments, and who care so deeply for the community of Instructables!

Topic by pseaton    |  last reply


You Page times out.

With the new drop-down menu, if I try to go to my You page, there's a pause of about 30-40 seconds, then it goes to the "technical difficulties" message. Hitting "back" works instantly,  and life carries on. Android tablet,  all up to date.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Paging through "Your Forum Topics" -- weird page layout

I have been noticing a bug paging through the list of Forum Topic in my account (under "You"). The screen shots below show the "first" ten (most recent) topics, as part of the main page. When I hit [next], I get the second screen shot. Topics 11-20 are up at the very top of the page, and the Istructables banner and rest of my account info is down below! It's just a layout issue, but weird.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


Grey bar at the top of the page...

Today was for first time this happened to me (note:  at this machine, the OS is WinXP, and so the browser being MSIE can not be upgraded higher than 7). the grey bar near the top of the page  (where  SIGN IN is slightly higher in the right hand corner), prevented me from signing in.   The drop down box slid behind the grey line.  I only managed to get a sign on screen by trying to post here (and then it of course, prompts you to sign in or join).

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


new home page is very frustrating

I cant scroll down the page anymore. as i try to scroll down the main page to see whats all there, EVERYTIME the header image changes the page forces me back to the top of the page. this effectivly makes the page unusable.

Topic by sredmond421    |  last reply


Two different you pages

When logged in theres the spot that shows your image and says you in the upper right corner. If you right click on it and select open link in new tab you get the good you page - https://www.instructables.com/you/ This one lets you see your favorites, New stuff from people you folllow and other good stuff. But now if you left click on it a drop down box appears and clicking the word you takes you to a worse page - https://www.instructables.com/member/keebie81/ <--- the last part would be your user id. This page doesnt let you see who you follow, your premium membership info, or a bunch of other info such as your image library

Topic by keebie81    |  last reply


Unpublished Instructables are all in lock-down.

OS: Windows 7 Browser: Google Chrome and IE All of my unpublished ibles are in lock-down and unable to be edited. When I click "edit", the page enters a pertpetual state of gray-screen "updating".   I tried restarting my computer and switching browsers.  No change.

Topic by bajablue    |  last reply


Top of page: layout gone awry

Using my work laptop, IE9.0 in Windows, the layout of the top of the page gets messed up - menus drop down, search box disappears.  See screen grab for typical example. (Special offer: extra bug for free - the image notes I added disappeared when I hit preview.)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Comment going down the memory hole....

As has been reported by other users, I occasionally end up posting "invisible" comments, either at the top level, or as replies to someone else.  These comments are visible to me when I view the forum topic, Question, or Instructable (and the comment count includes them in that view!).  However, the forum browsing page doesn't show them (neither as "last post" nor in the count), and they are not visible to any other users. My most recent example is in BIGHAIRYDUDE's bug report. I posted one comment at 4:18 pm (CAGESVXGGMMFD6M), and another at 5:08 pm (CTRYNTKGGMMFDBI). Those strings are the commentId values, which I can see on the page when I do "view source"! I constructed the URLs by hand. If I use those links in another session where I'm not logged in, they don't work. But if I log in there (on Safari, so there's no chance of cookie or cache confusion), then my comments appear! This behaviour is unpredictable. It seems to happen once or twice a week. When it does, the particular forum topic or whatever is affected permanently (i.e., any comment I try to post is invisible), but other topics are not affected at all. I know that's going to make it hard to isolate and fix, but I'm hoping that the IDs might be of some help...

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


Can't get to You page on iOS

When browsing from mobile Safari on both iPhone and iPad, when you touch the You drop-down and try to select one of the options there, the menu just vanishes, and you end up somewhere else (like the Tech Shop), in my case. I tried multiple times. Very frustrating. This is why I was unable to redeem my Pro code on a mobile device.

Topic by susanrm    |  last reply


Flash ads slowing down browser and sometimes crashing

Hey, longtime user here and this problem just started a few days ago. Using Google Chrome 58.0.3029.110 on a Mac Powerbook OS X 10.11.6. On pages with Flash ads, it's slowing down the pages to a crawl and several time crashed the browser. Not having this problem with other sites on this browser.  Please advise....

Topic by sstanfill    |  last reply


New Explore, Instructable, and Home Page

Hey Everyone! We had some down time earlier to release some awesome stuff, a new explore page, a new instructable page and a new homepage. We also did some site wide code changes to make things look more consistent and make it easier to make changes in the future. To prepare for this we've been processing all of our images (over 2 million!) to be of higher quality and to be new sizes for layouts as always, if you see any bugs post them in the forums. if you like the changes, desserts can be sent to the 82 2nd st office. Thanks!

Topic by frenzy  


no possibility to scroll down in the last two newsletters.

I have a problem with your last two newsletters. I can't scroll through the newsletter. The older newsletters do not have this problem. If I save the newsletter e-mail as an html page, I can scroll through it with the cursor keys, not with the mouse because there is no scrollbar... Maybe a CSS error?

Topic by MerlinTheGreat    |  last reply


The New Instructables Front Page Format

I am having trouble with the new design of the front page format of Instructables. Being a Mac and Safari user, it is very disruptive for my top bar google search to jump down into the Instructables (which is set as my home page) search bar. As you can see in the photo, a simple search on Japanese pygmy flying squirrels, turns into burning fits of intense rage (or something like that, haha) I understand why this would be useful for some people, especially people who are visiting the site for the first time. The new design is very smooth and clean and, in my opinion, really nice... except this "search" feature is incredibly bothersome. I know the easy fix would be to just change my home page, but I really don't want to. Is anyone else having the same dilemma? Any ideas?

Topic by tqwerty    |  last reply


Category Bug - Refreshes Page *Ignore* Solved

If you go onto the home page, and hover over Explore, it will drop down a menu with the categories. When you click on one, it just refreshes the home page. This could be considered a fairly big bug, but not totally . Just thought I'd let y'all know.

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


The low-down on image use. What is acceptable and what is not?

So, can you use an image from the internet if it is not your own if you site the source appropriately? And the source does not give any copyright of the image on the page either?

Question by bridge47    |  last reply


iPod bug - randomly getting logged out and shut down

I'm browsing the site on my iPod, iOS 5, Safari browser. Twice in the last ten minutes, the browser has shut down with no warning, and when I re-start it, I have. Been logged out and have to log in again. This brings another issue, not exactly a bug, but an annoyance - no matter what page I am on, if I use the "log in" button at the top-right of the page, after I log in I always get redirected to the submit page. Sorry, no screen shot from the iPod, but the last time it happened I was trying to type an answer to the question about CO2 breathing animals.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Anyone know why page views for a particular instructable would suddenly rise?

Generally, page views are highest when I have first published, and when something is featured and subsequently becomes popular. That happened with this particular instructable as well, then page views continually slowed down like normal However, today, I noticed page views have skyrocketed again. There are no significant new referring links that I can find, so does anyone have ideas on why it would jump back up so much that swiftly?

Topic by yokozuna    |  last reply


Intro and Step #1 on same page = weird?

I guess this isn't a bug, as it works as planned, but I do find it personally annoying that the Intro and Step 1 are on the same page, but there are separate thumbnails at the top for the respective sections.   When you click on the step 1 thumbnail, it just jumps down. I like clicking through the thumbnails as a way to see the overview of the project, and I always have to skip that step #1 box. I would personally put the intro + materials on the first page, then the start of the procedure (Step 1) on the next etc.  I don't consider the materials to be a "step".  Maybe it's just my OCD acting up.  Anyone else?

Topic by majomomo    |  last reply


Scrolling Down While Editing Kills Format Bar

When you scroll down the page while editing,  the formatting bar hits the top of the screen and it floats as you scroll down. A second formatting bar opens on the right. Both quit working as soon as the formatting bar starts to float. Sometimes the right one works, mostly not. On my laptop with Window Vista, both on Firefox and Internet Explorer On my desktop with Windows 7, on Firefox 29.0.1, Internet Explorer and Safari. I'm working on a draft "Amped Floor Lamp"

Topic by Dean444    |  last reply


can't foreward your pages to friends...it looks jumbled.

I can't get the instructables I want to forward to friends to not look like a jumbled mess. the type and pics are all out of wack and there's encoding script and lots of vacant space. it's a long scroll down to get the meat of the instructable and that makes it hard to follow. thanks, anyone or everyone, tubaska

Topic by tubaska    |  last reply


Tracking down the speed problems on a laptop.

I've copied the conversation here so we could remove the information from the original instructable's comments.  I figure this would also be of some interest to other forum viewers who may have similar problems, or may be able to chip in. The long and short of it is, 92033 (Ed) has a refurbished laptop that takes literal hours to run a YouTube video on.  I suspect that it's due to a bottleneck with his internet connection.  Here's the conversation thus far: ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033 (Ed): Thank you kindly for your prompt reply...appreciate it very much. I came across this site by accident in searching for something else and now I'm 'hooked' on it. :) So far I've read over 400 archived posts (whew)...as well as looking at the videos. The videos are somewhat of a problem because this new laptop only has 512 mg memory...LOOOOOng time to load. For example...to watch a SLOW 5-minute You Tube video takes 5-1/2 HOURS to load...keeps showing a couple words at a time...need to get two new memory chips to upgrade to 2gb. Thanks again...Take care. ---------------------------------------------------------------- eddems: I think you're basic download speed is killing ya, not the laptop. check you're speed at Internetfrog.com, if you see the link near the bottom for the old test, run it, I like it's graph of upload and download speed much better. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Thanks much. I'll check it out. I ordered a 1gb SDRAM Memory chip which just arrived yesterday. Hope this speeds things up a bit. ---------------------------------------------------------------- harley_rly: i hear u man, my computer is hopped up, but i live out in the sticks and have dialup...i only get 24kbps at most :( ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Maybe there's hope for 'us' yet. :-) I phoned Tiger Direct to see cost of an upgrading memory chip to go from 512mg to 1-1/2gb. The guy I talked to suggested I get "PC TUNEUP 2.0" which bypasses the Windows Operating System (I'm using Windows XP Pro) and speeds up the system. I gave it a try and ordered the CD (cost $39.98 - $44.77 postpaid). It hasn't arrived yet but will let you know if it helps as he claims it will. He said that if I just ordered a 1gb memory chip my system wouldn't notice much improvement as it is, but this CD should do the trick. THEN...when I DO order the Memory chip(s) to get total of 2gb my system should zip through like a rocket with the CD just ordered. I'll let you know when I get the CD and about the results. Just hope I haven't thrown forty-five bucks to the wind. Thanks for the contact...appreciate hearing from you. TAKE CARE. ~ ED ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: PC Tune-Up "bypasses the Windows Operating System?" This guy fed you a load of crap. (I work on computers for a living.) PC Tune-Up does nothing more than clean up registries, defragment harddrives (if your OS even needs it, some don't) and keeps drivers up to date (which you could do manually.) That guy's an idiot, or just a liar. Could be both. Unless you were buying PC Tuneup 2.0 from Tiger Direct, in which case we can add "sleazy salesman" to that. What are the specs of the laptop? Go to Start/Run and type in DXDIAG. This will give you a quick snapshot of the specs. Specifically, I'm curious as to the processor speed/type. For a 5 1/2 hour "load" you're more likely looking at network slowdown issues (although 512 megs for XP is WAYYYY too little. I HATE when they put PCs together like that). The RAM upgrade will show significant speed increases, but no improvement with YouTube videos or other downloads. I'm glad to see you are returning the CD. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Thanks much for your input...appreciate it very much. I checked the DXDIAG as you recommended. Here's the info on it: IBM ThinPad Laptop PC. Model # 23738TU. Intel Premium M 1.70GHZ. 512mb SDRAM Memory chip.Page File- 351mb used,513 mb available. Direct Version-Directx 9.00 (4.09.0000.0904). 512 mb SDRAM-Actual 212 Ram. AVAST Anti-Virus. MS Windows XP-PRO.. Dialup Speed-40kbps. PC2700 SDRAM 512mb Memory Chip installed. I ordered 1bb memory chip which arrived yesterday. Now I have to figure out HOW to remove the bottom of this laptop to install it...lotta small screws on it. :-) Oh, total memory shows 32mb. I don't know if this means much to you. I note your comment that the added RAM memory WONT (?) speed up loading YouTube videos? Is that correct? If so, why not? Thanks again. Take care. ~ ED ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: :) At the risk of boring too many people, here's how memory in a PC works: You have two kinds of memory: RAM, and Hard Drive (technically there's three, as there's also onboard video RAM on video cards, but this is primarily used for 3D video game textures, so can be mostly ignored.) Your harddrive's read/write speed is determined by the type of harddrive it is (most are SATA now) and the rotation speed (most are 7200 RPM, though the specs for your system say yours is only 5400 RPM, but there are 10, 15, and even 20K rpm models out there that are exponentially more expensive.) No matter what, harddrive memory will always be degrees slower than RAM. RAM on the other hand is a small chunk of memory that is "temporary" memory, but very fast. Its speed is determined by the type of RAM (DDR2 being the current common one for notebooks, though DDR3 is available with some motherboards (you can ignore this, though, as you can only handle 2 gigs max of DDR with your system). The motherboard will determine the limits for the RAM that can be installed.) When running *ANYTHING* on your computer, and I mean ANYTHING, it must first be loaded into RAM to be accessed by the CPU. The computer doesn't directly access the harddrive. So this means when your operating system is loaded (Windows XP) the entirety of all running processes for the OS have to be loaded into RAM. Now, Microsoft claims that Windows XP only requires a minimum of 64 megs of RAM, but recommends 128 megs. I challenge you to find me a Windows XP system that only uses 128 megs out of the box. It's not atypical for an XP system to chew through all 512 megs of your RAM, leaving no RAM available for other applications. (Interestingly, the default setup for your laptop is only 256 megs of RAM, yet yours is reporting 512.) What happens when there's no RAM left? The system has to then start trading things into what is called "Virtual Memory." VM is nothing more than a file on the harddrive that will temporarily hold information that SHOULD be in RAM, so the RAM can load more info. For instance, say you have a process that's using RAM, but you want to watch your YouTube video. As the video is ready to play, the system will take the other process's data that's in RAM, write it to the harddrive, load your video into RAM in its place, play a portion of it, write the video to the harddrive, load the data for the process to RAM, let it run for a split second (so it doesn't lock up), write it back to the harddrive, load your video into RAM and play a short clip, etc. etc. etc. The result of low RAM on your system is that applications will open slowly (seconds or minutes, instead of instantly or a few seconds) and they will seem slow to respond, will stutter, etc. With enough RAM, your system can freely open as much as it needs into RAM, and ignore the virtual memory and all the slowdowns that it causes. Now, all of this being said, NO lack of RAM will cause a streaming video to take 5 1/2 hours to play. This is 100% going to be related to your downspeed. (Go to www.speedtest.net and post your results.) RAM slowdowns tend to be most noticeable when shutting down, or starting up your computer, apps will open a little more slowly, they will be slower to respond to button clicks, and video will be very choppy. Anything that is causing a YouTube video to take HOURS will be due to the system simply waiting to get the video in the first place. RAM wouldn't slow down the receiving of the video, but it would cause the video to play weird once it's downloaded. So, all this being said, here's the summary: Your system has a 1.7 Ghz processor, and your RAM is most likely 333 Mhz DDR. If you bump your memory up to a gig, you should see a pretty significant improvement in that your computer will, overall, just "feel" faster. It'll be more responsive, and working with large documents will be many, many times faster. This won't, however, affect your YouTube experience (unless you were getting jittery video often, not the same as "buffering" video.) If you see "buffering" for a long time, your internet connection is your bottleneck. A test on www.SpeedTest.net will likely confirm this. However, if you get decent numbers on SpeedTest, then we could have something more sinister going on, though I suspect you'll find your numbers well below the 1 mbps rate. This brings us to actually changing the RAM. I've been out of the PC hardware realm (professional programmer now) for a few years, and was unable to find a manual for your particular model. However, if memory serves, this image should be a fairly accurate representation of the underside of your system: http://www.javin-inc.com/temp/thinkpad.JPG Don't quote me, but I BELIEVE the red circle will indicate the only screw you will need to remove to access the RAM. There should also be a small clip holding the RAM in place that you'll want to pinch to get the RAM out, and make sure that the new RAM snaps into place. (Sometimes you'll have additional empty RAM beds, and you can just put your RAM in there and end up with 1.5 gigs, but I suspect you'll have two 256 gig chips in there.) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Phew. Thanks again for your most indepth educational lesson. I appreciate all your help more than you realize. I attempted to answer this last night, typing in more than twice the amount of text as your to me, then suddenly realized there was a glitch and I was on another page...lost it all into the ionisphere. :-( Rather than try to retype all I wrote, I shut 'r down and went to sleep. Now I'm trying to recall all I wrote last night but failed to get mailed. I'm not a traditional typist, rather a one-finger bloke so you can understand the frustration there. I do, however, type at a reasonably good speed. With that said, let's continue. I went to search for Configuration of this IBM Laptop ThinkPad 23738TU and am copy and pasting it here. It's relevant to what I have to say...here it is: ********************************************************************************** Overview Specs Features Includes Warranty Supplies IBM ThinkPad T42 2373 Specifications Part # 23738TU Key Specifications IBM ThinkPAD T42 2373 Manufacturer IBM Manufacturer Part # 23738TU Processor Type Intel Pentium M 735 1.7 GHz Data Bus Speed 400 MHz Cache Memory Type L2 cache Installed Size 2 MB RAM Installed Size 256 MB Technology DDR SDRAM Memory Speed 333 MHz System Type Notebook Storage Hard Drive 40 GB, 5400 rpm Storage Controller Type IDE Optical Storage Type DVD ROM Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) Display Type 14.1" TFT active matrix Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI MOBILITY RADEON 7500 Video Memory 32 MB Max. Resolution 1024 x 768 Audio Output Type Sound card Audio Codec AD1981B Compliant Standards DirectSound, AC '97, SoundMAX Telecom Modem Fax / modem Max. Transfer Rate 56 Kbps Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90 Networking Networking Network adapter Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Expansion Slots Total 1 x front accessible Expansion Slots Total 2 ( 1 ) x memory 1 ( 1 ) x CardBus - type II Interfaces 1 x docking / port replicator, 240 pin docking 2 x Hi Speed USB, 4 pin USB Type A 1 x parallel, IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 25 pin D Sub (DB25) 1 x display / video, VGA, 15 pin HD D Sub (HD 15) 1 x infrared, IrDA 1 x modem, phone line, RJ11 1 x network, Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseTX, RJ45 1 x display / video, S video output, 4 pin mini DIN 1 x microphone, input, mini phone mono 3.5 mm 1 x headphones, output, mini phone stereo 3.5 mm Miscellaneous Features Locking device keyhole (cable lock), administrator password, hard drive password, power-on password, asset ID, IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0 Compliant Standards ACPI 2.0, ACPI 1.0b, FCC Class B certified, CE, MPR II, UL, BSMI, cUL, NOM, VCCI-II Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional Software Included Adobe Acrobat Reader, PC Doctor, IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, IBM Update Connector, InterVideo WinDVD, IBM Access Connections, IBM Access Support, Access IBM,(OEM) Battery Technology lithium ion Capacity 4400 mAh Average Run Time 5 hour(s) Installed Qty 1 Ambient Temperature Min Operating Temperature 50 °F Max Operating Temperature 90 °F Humidity Range Operating 8 - 80% Dimensions (W x D x H) Unit 12.2 in x 10 in x 1.1 in Weight Unit 4.9 lbs Warranty 3 Years Limited Warranty on parts and labor. IBM 23738TU Summary ********************************************************************************* NOTE...I DON'T BELIEVE THIS...I JUST TYPED FORTY MINUTES REPLY HERE and it instantly scrolled up like speed of lightning and disappeared like last night. I'll ATTEMP to try again later. So please don't reply yet as you need to read my discoveries in changing the RAM chip. Meanwhile, thanks again...take care. ~ ED ******************************************************************************* TRY #3...I'm Back :-) Your diagram showing where the RAM chip is located was right on. Thanks. Here's my DISCOVERY :-( The RAM chip installed was NOT a 512mg...but only a 256mg chip. The ads ans specs say it's a 512mg...NOT SO. I was lied to by either the manufacturer or refurbishing company who removed the original 512 chip and reinstalled a 256 chip. I was lied to by the Tiger Direct guy on the phone. There are NOT two chip slots...only one. So I now have a useless removed 256mb RAM chip. Replaced with the 1gb RAM chip I just installed. So instead of having 1-1/2 gb RAM, I only have 1gb. Here's the crux. To. go to 2gb RAM I'd need to buy a full 2gb RAM CHIP and discard the 1gb for which I just paid $39.99 ($45.00 with s/h). This means another output of almost a hundred dollars plus the $45.00 just wasted because they wont accept return once the sealed chip plastic was opened...even though I had no idea there was only ONE SLOT in this PC instead of TWO like the Tiger Guy said. Now...crux #2...this new 1gb RAM does nothing more to increase speed. I just watched a 2.01 MINUTE YouTube video which took a HALF HOUR to load, so I threw the money away for nothing, eh? There is no noticeable change except the 'speed' shows it now as 41.2 kbps instead of 40 kbps. Okay...now HOW do I get to speed this thing up to normal viewing in real time? I also saw an ad for 4bg RAM Gateway laptop with 120gb hard drive for $404.99 which is all suped-up with everything. I had to upgrade a LOT since I got this only four months ago...taking over a hundred hours to load it, like Internet Explorer 5 to 6 and then to 8 and now to 9. I'm using AVAST Anti-Virus, after trying for 23 hours to get ADVAR, then find out it didn't load because of problem on the servor's end. Added Firefox and upgraded twice. Loaded MS Protection but it created more problems so I deleted it...now with AVAST which I like. Soooo...I've literally spent over 200 hours to get this thng where it's at now, plus the wasted money for the upgraded RAM chip.and I still don't have increased speed. HOW do I get it? IF the processor has to be changed does this mean I have to gut the thing and install a new motherboard? If so, what kind of money cost are we talking here? I bought this four months ago as a refurbished unit only because I was able to get it on payments of only $25.00 a month. If I had to wait to get $400.00 cash I'd never have it. :-) Okay...that's it for the moment. Thanks much again for your help offering and detailed instructions...appreciate it more than you realize. Best Wishes And God's Blessings To You And Yours In Everything Always. Most Respectfully... ~ ED  ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: Well, let's start with the RAM. If you're running windows XP, you can assume all the extra processes (virus scanners, and whatnot) will be eating up about 512 megs of the RAM. First thing to do is check DXDIAG again (start/run) and verify that it's now reporting the correct amount of RAM. (Don't be surprised if it's like 9 hundred something megs or slightly more. It won't report 1024 or 1 gig.) This being said, that will leave you with the other 512 for your applications. This box won't be running the latest and greatest 3D games, but I suspect it was never intended to. If the heaviest hitter you'll have running is along the lines of photoshop, the 1 gig of RAM you have now should be plenty sufficient. I wouldn't worry about getting 2 gigs. Not for this rig, anyway. Also, Avast is a great (and free) virus protection, every bit as good as Symantec's Norton, so good choice there. If your youtube videos are choking out, we need to start by verifying that it's an actual speed throttling problem. Go to www.SpeedTest.net and run the speed test. Come back with the results.

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How can I hole punch thin plastic page protectors in bulk? Regular punches don't work...?

Update: I found my answer, see comment below.  In short: I used a Carl Heavy Duty hollow-head Hole Puncher, and it works great! I've been using plastic page protectors (these, specifically) in bulk, say about 1000 a month.  However, I need them to be 8.5 x 8.5 and I also need to punch holes that are slightly off from the factory holes.  I'm basically using these as a cheaper alternative to 8x8 scrapbook page protectors (which are prohibitively expensive - say $1 a sheet or so). I've figured out how to quickly cut the pages (using a rotary cutter), and that works great.  However, I am still struggling to find a way to quickly & cleanly punch holes in these things.  The problem is that the plastic binds, stretches, and does not cut cleanly.  I need a very sharp & precise puncher to do this quickly, and I haven't found one yet. I've tried normal 3-hole punchers.  I can punch them one at a time, if I hit the punch hard, and occasionally it binds & sticks (since the plastic stretches instead of breaking and gets caught in the mechanism).  I've tried hand-held punches as well, same result.  Also, aligning each individual page is time consuming as well. The problem with paper hold punchers is that they're made for paper.  They're inaccurate, not sharp, but strong.  The cheap & heavy duty ones alike only differ in how much paper they can punch, but neither are sharp/accurate enough for thin plastic sheets.  Is there a high-quality razor-sharp & ultra-precise hold puncher out there?  I haven't seen any that look even close. I've tried holding them down & drilling them.  The plastic wraps around the drill bit and they rip to shreds. I also tried a leather punch, but the ones I got were much too dull - they just dented the plastic. The only thing that has had some success is a dremel 115 cutter bit.  That actually cuts into the plastic, and if I go carefully (eating a bit at a time) it'll go through a lot of sheets at once.  However, it's messy, takes a lot of setup, and leaves a very messy hole (all chewed up). Ideally, I'd love to line up 10 sheets or so, have a way to align them (a jig?), and then punch them all at once w/o any binding or sticking. Does anyone have any other ideas?  I've thought of melting a hole, but then the pages would all stick together.  I'm completely boggled - how can I do this?  What tool can I buy for this?  What method haven't I tried? Thanks guys!  Any suggestions are appreciated.

Question by jumpfroggy    |  last reply


&quot;Shortcuts&quot; no longer has pop-down menu since last update

I just noticed that the "Shortcuts" pseudo-tab in the upper right corner no longer functions.  It used to generate a pop-down menu, but now it's just a link to the page where you configure what you want the pop-down menu to contain.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


how can i stop animation in my web pages? Answered

Animations in pages i visit are unwanted. i would like to stop them. My computer isn't very fast and animations playing in these pages slows it down more. need heip. new to the computer world. I have xp sp3

Question by dvdepps812    |  last reply


How do you down load pdf plans for woodworking projects? Answered

I am a member, I am signed in.  When I select Download PDF for plans, I get a window that asks me if I want to join Instructables.  I've already joined and I am in the website.  If I hit sign in, it takes me to the home page, I do a search on the project, get to the project, select download pdf plans, and again the window pops up asking me if I want to join Instructables. I can never get to the plan that I want to download.  How do you download a pdf from this website?

Question by erheller40    |  last reply


Contest Archive Page has hellip; appearing in some places

Hi Instructables! I was looking at all of the cool contests (https://www.instructables.com/contest/?show=ARCHIVE) when I found a little bug! It happens twice (as far as I know): In Sep 2012 and Jul 2011, for the link for the Halloween Draw and Paint it Contest and the Green Living and Technology Challenge, respectively. If you take a peek at the images you can see what I am talking about. It seems like "&hellip;" was meant to be an ellipse symbol but it didn't quite work out. The appearance occurred on both my Mac 10.8.3 with Chrome 29.0.1547.65 and on my Nook HD+ (BNTV600) v. 2.2.0 with Chrome 32.0.1700.99. The "&hellip;" can be reproduced by visiting the link posted above and scrolling down to Sep 2012 and Jul 2011. There you go! Blue Ice

Topic by blue-ice    |  last reply


A fix; Error 500 & inability to download pages fully

For some time I have had issues fully downloading pages from this site. Firefox seems to hang when just a little of a page is left to download, and I have had the same on sites that use the animated Flash spinning wheel. I found the following two fixes. Just over a week ago, Firefox asked to update to 3.5.6 which I allowed. Today looking for fixes, I tried Firefox >help>Check for updates, and got a error message saying not posible as Update XML file malformed (200). Therefore I downloaded Firefox and installed it over the top of my existing Firefox, in order to retain my settings. I also changed settings in Firefox >tools>options>content and clicked on Fonts & Colours Advanced, there under Character Encoding, I changed Default Character Encoding to Unicode (UTF 8) and I made sure that "allow pages to chose their own fonts instead of my selections above" remained ticked as always. (for me) My reasons for the #2 fix, was that I have been monitoring fault reports for code coming off Instructables for the last 2 days, and the code was showing lots of failures with defining the display properites of each Instructables' page I downloaded. My MS Outlook broke about the same time Firefox asked to update, as mentioned in #2 above, and I had been useing a work around, while thinking about what to do, after Outlook's Detect and Fix  failed to help. After doing #1 & 2 above, I find Outlook has fixed itself. Sometime ago, I had lots of trouble, becuase a friend was sending postings to a Yahoo News Group, from Unbuntu/Evolution (An app like Outlook but Open Source) The group moderator had to manually release from the sin-bin each posting by my friend. At that time, I was the only person replying via the newsgroup to my friend, and Yahoo's robot moaned to my ISP that I was sending out spam/virus. I have good relations with a senior team leader with my ISP and he got on the phone to me. And gave me a date of when it happened. I went into the headers of my emails out that day, and found the trouble was my replies to my friend via the newsgroup was encoded in UTF-7. I preview all incoming email on the WWW in Mailwasher, I had already been telling my friend his emails were mucking up my Mailwasher. I checked out UTF-7 on Wikipedia and found the email standards authorities strongly advised against its use. Having some UTF-7 encoded emails on my computer, caused my whole system, to slow down, or lock up for minutes at a time, AND I was having trouble with Instruibles page downloading then too. Yahoo I discovered, saw UTF-7 encoded email as spam/viruses because its filters could not read UTF-7 very well, so stuck them into the sin bin, for the human moderator to check over. AND UTF-7 encoded email on my PC could not easily be checked by AVG, so AVG was locking up my system while trying to scan these emails. I had to purge all the UTF-7 email off my PC before things went back to normal. Normally, that newsgroup postings are archived on my PC for 6 months before deletion. My reason for discussing UTF-7 is to show what incorrect formats and coding can do to a PC, and why I chose UTF-8 for #2 above, the option i had there was something beginning with Western... I would appreciate hearing if the above has helped anybody, otherwise I will never be sure if it was not just plain luck. Peter

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what should i do in this this after holding power +volume down on crappy tablet?

I want to hack my cheap android tablet, and i tried holding the power and the volume up button and it just showed the gleary screen, so then i tried volume down and power then it got into the settings page im trying to boot into uberoid from the sd card but i follow the instructions and it boots up normaly any ideas on what to do?

Question by The nerdling    |  last reply


Chrome Problem viewing

I seem to be having a persistent and repeatable issue with viewing instructables in my Chrome Browser. I see the first "page" of any instructable, but then when i scroll down or page down, it dissapears! The outer frame scrolls down but the instructable disappears until i scroll back up. I can only see the 1st page. I don't see this issue on any other website. It doesn't change is i resize my browser. I am using Chrome Version 35.0.1916.153 m  Running on a WIndows 7 machine. Any ideas?

Topic by Kbarry29    |  last reply


Another Search Bar Question

My search bar keeps covering thumbnails. It seems to move up and down the page at will. During all of this, the search bar at the top of the page remains. The 'moving' bar also wowrks for searching. Have to reload page to clear. Annoying! Any ideas? Thanks, Phil

Topic by pwhite4407  


Another Search Bar Question

My search bar keeps covering thumbnails. It seems to move up and down the page at will. During all of this, the search bar at the top of the page remains. The 'moving' bar also works for searching. Have to reload page to clear. Annoying! Any ideas? Thanks, Phil

Topic by pwhite4407    |  last reply


what just happened?

What just happened on instructables? The only working page i could find was my "you" page. Did some website editing go down?

Topic by DELETED_craz meanman    |  last reply


New scrolling banner

The scrolling banner on the home page looks nice but...... while i am looking through the topics, the banner changes and the page jumps up or down. to fix this, make ALL banners the same height. thanks

Topic by ronhenderson65    |  last reply


Is there an easiest way to navigate only the comments of an Instructable ?

To admins: When I want to see all the comments for an instructable, that are more than one page, I click the next page and then I have to scroll down the page, through all the instructable again, to the start of the next bunch of comments. Is there an easier way? Or, do you consider to put a "go to comments" button at the beginning of the page? Thank you in advance.

Question by Lord_Vek    |  last reply


problem using instructables on tablet and cell phone

 Hi ,        Im having a problem using the instructables app and web page on my cell and tablet. Once i sign in  and go to the top right corner and click my picture for the drop down to go to my page of instructables or anything actually , It clicks on the   Tech shop tab instead like it by passes or doesnt see  the drop down choices ?

Topic by coolbeansbaby68    |  last reply


Replying from Email notifications

When I am in my email, and also have an Instructable tab open, and click on the reply link to one of the replies listed, I am normally taken to the page, and I have to scroll down to find my "entry box" already open and ready for me to reply. That is ok. However, if the reply sent to me is off the first page, I have no way I can find to "page forward" There appears to be no link at the bottom enabling me to "go to the next n+ pages. This only happens when I come in directly from an email notification....it is fine if I am already in Instructables and view a forum longer then one page.

Topic by Goodhart  


How many steps are too many? Having trouble toning down my picture count.

I don't want to start up another "I'm not a fan of the picture layout" thread. That's why I posted this here, not in another section of the forums since my instructibles are crafty or arty and those are the types that tend to have more pictures, from what I've seen. Instead I'm trying to work within the system. Motivated to get back into it by some of the interest I've received  still getting subscribers, which warms my wittle heart. To that end, my praying mantis is finished, just need to photograph the final result. The instructions were all written just before the site switched over the picture layout though, and the process seems to require lots of pictures, I can't seem to remove enough pictures from the 'ible to make it fit with a few steps with only a few pictures in each. Wondering what peoples opinions are on the length and depth of instruction in an instructible are? Wondering if you'd rather 10 to 15 pictures in one step, with a couple paragraphs of instructions below that you'd have to scroll up and down repeatedly for, going in and out of pictures to see the picture tags so you understand what is being written, etc...OR...would you prefer to go through 3 to 5 times the number of steps with only a couple pics per page, with a single paragraph of text instructions BUT where you'd have to go through multiple steps (multiple pages) to see how a fairly simple part of the process is done? I figure I'd need to reduce the number of pictures posted in each step. Because looking at my wire octopus 'ible, it's a really hard read these days. My thoughts are 3 to 6 pictures per step, max. That leaves me with what will end up as a 30+ step 'ible for my current praying mantis 'ible. So... I'm tempted to just post up a few work in progress shots with a decent text explanation and leave it to the reader to picture the majority of it in their minds.

Topic by Thrasym    |  last reply


Site not accepting new instructables

It appears the function to create a new instructable is down.  Just get the animated dots running across top of page.

Topic by DiyWaterDog    |  last reply