What was the last electronic device you broke? Answered


In writing 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer I collected a lot of broken electronics to make projects with. However, the ones I had the most fun re-purposing were the ones I had broken myself. This is not say I enjoy breaking my electronics, but rather, I enjoyed finding new uses for the devices that I had grown rather fond of using. The last such thing I have that died on me was the digital camera I used to document all of the projects I made in the book (it survived over 20,000 photos before I dropped it for the last time). It's currently in pieces on my work bench while I try to figure out what to do with it.

I'm wondering, what is the last thing you have that died? What do you plan on doing with it?


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jeff-o
jeff-o

8 years ago

The kit lens from my Nikon D40. Now replaced with a shiny-fast Sigma lens.

What to do with the old lens? I'm not sure. Put it on eBay, maybe? I think one of the lenses got knocked out of whack, none of them are broken.

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onrust
onrust

8 years ago

If I tell you, I'm likely to do it again!

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patriots8888
patriots8888

8 years ago

an electronic heavy duty pencil sharpener ( not heavy duty enough for me! :))

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stephenniall
stephenniall

9 years ago

Im pretty sure i broke the instructables Robot !

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ElvenChild
ElvenChild

Reply 8 years ago

の追お!sorry I did not realize japanese text was still on, what I meant to say is NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

9 years ago

Just recently.....another digital camera.....they seem to wear out fairly fast for me....the lens gettnig stuck part way out (or in, depending on which way it was going at the time it freezed up)

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timothymh
timothymh

9 years ago

 ... Maybe... Oh yeah! a Polaroid camera! (I wrote "Out of Order" on the other end of the viewfinder, so when you look through, it is superimposed on the view! I plan to make an instructable on something relating to this)

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62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer
62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer

Reply 9 years ago

That's pretty funny. I have 3 land cameras I don't know what to do with anymore. I'm hoping someone will reinvent polaroid film.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

I have a few old cheapo cameras I want to start "working on" one of these days....

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fender-electric-guitar
fender-electric-guitar

Reply 9 years ago

yea i have a polaroid 620 and they don't sell film and it was really expensive!when they did

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

 Or better yet, Polaroid film that also has a reusable slide and SD card in one. That doesn't make sense. You reuse the same Polaroid-shaped thing again and again. It is a digital picture frame so you see the pic when it comes out. you pass it around, put it back in your camera. When you take all the pics you want, you put the photos on you computer with the SD card (or better yet microSD or XD 'cause they're smaller).

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

 Come on... the best photography idea ever and 0 replies? :)

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kcls
kcls

Reply 9 years ago

Wow! What a great Idea!
There, are you happy?

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah. ;-) ([singing] "It was a joke! I'm sorry.")

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

I thought polarid film could still be found, if hunted out.

Shame, polaroid always seemed like a good thing to me, still more instant than digital...

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Ervineng
Ervineng

Reply 9 years ago

yea i was actually cleaning out my dads old work space and found a little baggy that looked like a poptart   wrapper  so out of curiosity i opened it up ...and ruined the film

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

 oops. You can tell; it doesn't say, "Hey, we're wearing the same hat!" on it next to a little cartoon. :)

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

 Yes, it can, but the camera lens was broken. The viewfinder still worked.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

Oh got ya now... I did like the little viewfinder joke though...

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timothymh
timothymh

Reply 9 years ago

 Thanx. I've done that sort of thing with a bunch of broken stuff... gonna make a whole museum :P

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

Cool, could make for a nice photo gallery...

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alexw2150
alexw2150

9 years ago

My soldering iron, I stupidly left it on over night, but being a member of instructables, I will try to fix it.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

9 years ago

My mum's grpahics card... oops.

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zack247
zack247

Reply 9 years ago

how mad was she when she found out?

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 9 years ago

She knew it was an accident, so all was cool.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 9 years ago

...was it...? ;p

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 9 years ago

Luckily for me; yes.

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zascecs
zascecs

9 years ago

It just so happens that I break a lot of things, that aren't electronic...

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struckbyanarrow
struckbyanarrow

9 years ago

i broke my friends already broken iphone by throwing it on the ground!

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zack247
zack247

Reply 9 years ago

man, the thing was broken the second it was taken out of the box. apples products are so useless

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zack247
zack247

9 years ago

even though it was on purpose... a LG160. first i shot it with a airsoft gun, rendering the screens broken and useless. the next day, me and some friends played some lacrosse with it. then one of my friends broke his bike lock by trying to break the phone with it, then we shoved half of the "U" trought the 2 screens. then we played some baseball. surprisingly, the phone still tried to turn on. then it got thrown at a wall. RIP.

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michoi
michoi

9 years ago

a guitar amp that i had just put a new fuse and a new holder when suddenly the speaker blows lol

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floryzzz
floryzzz

9 years ago

 my gleu gun 2009

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adam 101
adam 101

9 years ago

the hardrive entered in this contest

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Plasmana
Plasmana

9 years ago

My Dad's digital camera, I dropped it and it has this funny grinding noise from the gears when I try zoom on and out... Whoops..

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enforcer72
enforcer72

9 years ago

a dell 233st that had been upgraded the the biggest processor I could get (PII 400 mmc-1 socket), 256mb ram, 40gb hd. my daughter has been using it for 3 years to just get online and write homework papers. in that time it had went through 4 batteries, 2 wifi cards, and 3 power supplies. I told her a year ago, that if it gave problems again I was going to trash it. the battery would charge for a minute, then drop 2%.. kept crashing. I threw it across the room at the staircase and it broke in half, plastic and keys blew all over.

she's a senior in high school and Im buying her a new one this week out of tax refund.  Just means she gets it sooner rather than in june. 

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djr6789
djr6789

9 years ago

i set my phone on fire and i still used it for a couple of weeks until i "dropped it" lool

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

9 years ago

Last was a sony ericsson W980... Well backlight on the LCD went, the clamshell hinge was scuppered and other bits were dying... Plus it's out of warranty...

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Doddity
Doddity

Reply 9 years ago

i just bought a W980 after breaking a slide phone. Damn things dont stay together, the cable connecting the screen and the phone wears out so fast on sliders

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

Be warned, the W980 seems to have some random issues, though only later in life... Don't drop it too much and it should be fine, other than that it's a good phone.

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cj81499
cj81499

9 years ago

i never break stuff

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crawlingdeadman
crawlingdeadman

Reply 9 years ago

same here, they break all by themselves.

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bo3bo3
bo3bo3

Reply 9 years ago

As for me, it’s the broken stuff that inspires me… I do break things intentionally sometimes.

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cj81499
cj81499

Reply 9 years ago

no i mean nothing of mine has broke in any way

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n8man
n8man

9 years ago

 I almost broke my computer two days ago by spilling sprite in it (Yes, in, not on) when I had left it open and my dog decided to raid my room for food. Luckily nothing was fried so it is running nice and smoothly now.


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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Ah but wait until that syrup congeals and shorts out your PSU! 

You'll have a whole new definition of:  SMOKIN !