External Camera

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

Topic by Treasure Tabby 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


External RAM

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

Topic by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


An external cd-rw drive into an external HDD?

I saw an instructable on making an external hdd from an old external cd-rw drive....im just curious if i can do it with an IOMEGA drive..  If anyone can tell me if its possible(or something else to do with it)  it would be great. Thanks!

Topic by valmont325 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Internal HD to external?

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

Topic by ficofeto 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Encryptin External HDD

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

Topic by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


External Hardrive Power

I have an external hardrive that no longer works on my desktop. I've deduced that it is not getting ample power from the computer to run. I've tried on the front port and a hub, what else should I try?

Topic by Weissensteinburg 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Psp external battery

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

Topic by Dmanthe1 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Externalize a hard drive?

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

Question by metalshiflet 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


HMC5883L with external magnet

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

Topic by liderbug 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Links to Instructable's. External.

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

Topic by Lftndbt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


External postings and attribution

Did somebody from the Instructables staff post a version of my instructable on Sustain Lane without attribution or credit to the author? It certainly looks like it here where it says "Instructables - Premier Partner" while the content is clearly my instructable with no author attribution or credit to be found. http://www.sustainlane.com/reviews/how-to-create-a-simple-aluminum-air-battery-from-a-soda-can/MD2QLHMIKYY78J73MY3DLABDNAQI

Topic by egbertfitzwilly 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


External batteries for hotglue gun

I was wondering if I could mount batteries on top of a glue gun. I cut the wire of the cord and i had two minicords and i ran those out of a hole i made in the top of the gluegun. any ideas on what batteries, a switch on/off method? and also how to connect the wires to the batteries would be extremely appreciated.

Topic by ledzep567 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



External HDD isnt recongnized?

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

Topic by Jordo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Primary and Secondary on a usb external drive?

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

Topic by Punkguyta 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Compatible external battery to my iPhone 5

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

Topic by nevinweeks 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Where to salvage/find an External Gear Pump?

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

Question by davelarave 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


External smartphone Monitor using old laptop LCD display.

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

Question by Ahakimi2012 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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

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

Question by Jareadx 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago



Am i able to save my Ipod?

 My Ipod got wet a couple months ago, still doesn't work. Is there any hope of saving it? Could i still use the hard drive? It's a 60 gig so i don't want to toss it. 

Question by First88Rx7 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


iTunes controller?

I'm not sure if I was searching for the right key words, but I was planning on building a desk with all of my computer components built into it, save the monitor keyboard and mouse, and I wanted to make like a little controller for iTunes that controlls random, repeat, next song, previous song, pause, and play. Like, would it be possible to take apart a spare remote control and use the circuitry and buttons from that to do it? Is it even possible? Also, this will be on a Windows 7 PC

Topic by Eavath 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Nintendo DS to External Monitor

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

Topic by crabby2 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Making an external camera for smartphone?

Hi, everyone. My smartphone's camera is really bad and i wanted to change it but when I thought about the risks i changed my mind. Then i got an idea, which is to make an external mini usb camera for my phone from another phone's camera. I searched the internet but there is no results (I found some videos where they use a webcam for this but I am no sure if it is the same thing) . So, is it even possible?

Question by Rayane05 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Candles with external power supply

Hello everybody, hope somebody will be able to help me out or point to a right direction. I have about 40 battery candles that I have to change batteries every month. I was wondering what could I do to convert them to candles with power supply connected to a regular outlet so there wouldn't be a need for batteries. I know there are special candles with external power supplies but the ones I found are in thousands of dollar. These candles go inside large candles made from wax that is a reason why I need long wires. I have attached pictures of the candles. What I would like to do is to connect them with long wires to one or multiply power supplies connected to regular electrical power outlet. One candle holds 4 AA batteries. Could someone recommend what power supply and parts I should get to make this happen? Thanks.

Topic by gointern 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


iMac G5 external monitor

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

Topic by SaiyajinNick 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Seagate 300GB External Hardrive

Does anyone know how to disassemble a Seagate 300GB External Hardrive ??

Topic by ntlchps 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


adapter Bluetooth for hd external

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

Question by 9 years ago


adding an external crystal to attiny85?

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

Question by fossilshark 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


add an external crystal to attiny85?

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

Question by fossilshark 3 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


PLEASE External hard drive?

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

Question by huntleyi 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


problems with external power supply

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

Question by harish.rahman.75 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Laptop DVD Drive to External?

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

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


External hard drive problem

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

Topic by Perry The pom 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


DIY Wireless external Harddrive

Okay, so, I've been wanting to make my external hard drive wireless, so I can access it from anywhere in the house. My question is; what is the best way to go about this? I have two old computers standing in the attic, so I could use their parts to make some sort of time-capsule inspired thingy. Is this possible? Or is it much cheaper to just buy a real airport extreme or time capsule

Topic by Tinseltoy 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


IPod touch to external monitor?

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

Question by ShiesTech 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


External interrupt on atmega AVR Answered

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

Question by The Skinnerz 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Dead external hard drive?

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

Question by Shiroe 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Turn a 1400c into an external keyboard?

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

Question by 9 years ago


Laptop External Screen Problem

My Dell Latitude D820 screen broke today. I have no idea how, because it was in a car, and worked fine when I put it in, and was cracked and full of lines when I took it out. I never realised how flimsy the screen was ,or how prone to breaking. I will get the screen replaced next week, but my problem right now is that I have to do some urgent work on it, and as I cannot see anything on the laptop screen, I plugged in a desktop screen in the back, but it does not work. Nothing happens. The power light on the desktop monitor just keeps flashing, and I have tried everything from re-booting to inserting the interface when the laptop is on - but nothing works! I understood that if you wanted a bigger screen, all you had to do was plug in a bigger screen and forget about the laptop screen - but this does not seem to be the case! Help!

Topic by JBEE 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


UPS external battery setup?

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

Question by snowluck2345 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


modify a floppy drive into an external usb drive

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

Topic by spilja 11 years ago


Repair crashed external WD hard drive

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

Question by Greg1954 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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

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

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can i make a USB external hard drive enclosure from scrach?

For SATA drives to use in Win XP / Vista before any one starts they go for about 350 of Brazilian money thats about 175 USD and I am very capable of making one my self

Question by cassiorichiniti 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Internal USB converter? Please help!

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

Topic by DomHawthorn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

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

Question by Habayeb 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can you build a external hard drive for a canon gl2?

Question by sikahunter 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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

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

Question by goodguyCA 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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

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

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago