Extra 1.8" disk drive projects?

I bought a 30gb zune when it came out, and my dog literaly ATE it. since then, i have replaced it, but i have this extra 1.8" drive lying around and i need somthing to do with it. No, i havent tried selling it, and i realy dont want to ( looks to cool:] ). I am hoping someone knows how to make it a usb drive, because a 30 gb usb would be USEFULL!!! If anyone has any idea, PLEASE!!!! Post it!!!

Posted by Terranan 9 years ago

Is there any more suggestion?

Hi, I am seriously considering the purchase of EASEUS data recovery wizard or Partition Table Doctor and have some questions, I will give you the background of my problem - I was loading Password Pros (password recovery software) and during the loading process (when it was in the middle of loading) the computer was accidently rebooted by me. Now every time I turn on my computer it repeatedly reboots itself and never gets past this point. Just before the computer is ready to shut itself down and reboot itself again, it gives the message "Bad image check sum olecnv32.dll c0000221". Is there any more suggestion?

Posted by chris878758 10 years ago

Is there any more suggestion?

Hi, I am seriously considering the purchase of EASEUS data recovery wizard or Partition Table Doctor and have some questions, I will give you the background of my problem - I was loading Password Pros (password recovery software) and during the loading process (when it was in the middle of loading) the computer was accidently rebooted by me. Now every time I turn on my computer it repeatedly reboots itself and never gets past this point. Just before the computer is ready to shut itself down and reboot itself again, it gives the message "Bad image check sum olecnv32.dll c0000221". Is there any more suggestion?

Posted by chris878758 10 years ago

Floppy Disk Analog Audio

Recently i was experimenting with cassette tape loops and had this bright idea. so i googled it and found someone else had done this already of course. check this out; http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/04/25/video-recording-analog-audio-to-a-floppy-disk/could someone make a step by step instructable for this? (i dont understand it fully)thanks

Posted by synthetic_iron_oxide 9 years ago

BBC Magazine readers give 40 ways we still use floppies

This fun article from the BBC website showcases readers' responses to Sony ceasing production of floppy disks.  There are 40 picked responses, many of which just talk about legacy hardware that still uses them for data storage, but some of them are easily 'ible-worthy.  Highlights: 1. I regularly buy floppy disks. I own a pub with a retro theme and I use them as beer mats. 4. Not as much a user as an owner of a great many floppies, I was planning to tile the roof of my shed with them (using the two existing corner holes to take the nails) until my wife forbade it. 13. I put handles on them and sell them as spatulas. I sell thousands of them a year. 18. I've always used an old floppy disk as an ice scraper for the car, just the right combination of rigidity and flexibility. Just don't use the side with the metal sleeve on. They last about a year before they need replacing from my endless pile from the 1990s. 28. Floppy disks are ideal "floppy table" stabilisers, whether in the dining room or on the patio. They are also good for wedges filling in gaps where wood has to be cut. I have also embossed them in a cement pathway in a splendid "talked about feature" as they are of no use whatsoever for storage. Enjoy!

Posted by yoyology 8 years ago

Hard drive MP3 boombox?

I was wondering if anyone has and Instructable or has done this. I've searched Instructables and can't find anything like this at all, which really surprised me as I thought this would have been an obvious one to do. What I'd like to do is build a bookcase / boombox stereo from scratch using: 1. an old hard drive 2. some speakers 3. a small lcd to display info 4. some basic controls 5. usb port to update files on HD -or- make the HD removable 6. whatever other electronics parts are necessary. It doesn't need to have radio, CD audio or anything else. All I want is a 200GB or larger hard drive full of MP3's and a way to play them with decent fidelity and loud without using the computer. I've built lots of PC's and know computer hardware and software fairly well but have never used a soldering iron... but can follow complex instructions very well. Also I'm not sure if it can use a prebuilt interface by scavinging the electronics from a basic el-chepo MP3 player or if it would be better to use something like a VIA Micro-ATX motherboard with built in CPU and have something like a USB drive booting to a simple version of Linux directly to a media player interface? That seems like it would cost more in parts but be simpler than creating custom circuitry. But that is the way I would go if attempting this on my own. An all hardware & firmware solution somehow seems more elegant but that's beyond my current ability's. If I go with the Micro-ATX motherboard and Linux it could be done in a modular format that would allow the addition of other components latter such as CD player (with auto MP3 ripping), input and output to other components etc. So has anyone done this? If you haven't but have the know how do you want to collaborate via e-mail and walk me through it. I'd create an Instructable if so and give you full credit. Any and all suggestions, comments, rants, put downs, cheers, roars, hollars and yells appreciated!!

Posted by skonofvulcan 10 years ago

disk saw + vacuum cleaner = less dust ?

When cutting bricks and concrete with disk saw there are clouds of dust. here is my failed attempt to reduce its amount using a vacuum cleaner instructable anyway ?

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

hard disk spindle motor voltage

I have detached the spindle motor from the hardisk. Ho can I run this motor. What are the voltages ned to be given ? Please help me Thanks Rijas PA rijas2010@gmail.com

Posted by rijas 9 years ago

floppy disk/ iron oxide sheet use?

I saw the ipod charger using lemons here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/charging-ipods-with-lemons/ And I began to wonder what would happen if  you sandwiched a bunch of floppy disks together and put them in a solution... Hook them up in series and well what? Could each one be used as a tiny cel in a battery?  I am going to look around, I'm sure my colleagues are still hoarding floppies. I think I'm gonna need a lot of alligator clips on this one...Must be something a sufficient number of floppies can still do for us.

Posted by flashj 8 years ago

Lumbar Laminectomy Spinal Surgery. (final update)

It looks like, after my visit today with the Surgeon, that the Lumbar Laminectomy is probably the best route for me to go at this point. Tomorrow, if I can get my wife to agree with me, I will be making the appointment, hopefully for next week (Tues, or Thurs). I don't believe in luck, so; here's hoping the surgeon is awake, skillful, and hasn't had so many coffees that his hands shake the morning of that surgery :-) UPDATE #1: I am having doubts about the process. I may go for now with only therapy, and if matters become worse rather then better, then have the surgery. But things have already taken a turn for the better.....I have felt the best today, then I have felt in the last 3 weeks. . . we shall see when I start. UPDATE #2: Until tomorrow, I will not know for sure, but at this point, my back is feeling a bit better. I have been able to go a little longer without pain meds then before, so I do think therapy will work.    I still have to get that second opinion however.   UPDATE #2.19375 supplemental: I have my appointment @2:00 PM today for the second opinion. I hope we can come to an agreeable conclusion as to how to proceed with the treatment.   I will update again, when I know more.   UPDATE #3: The Second opinion appt has been attended to, and we came to an agreement that 3 weeks of therapy should proceed any consideration of surgery.   So, if this works, I will be off work for only 3 more weeks.  If not, I will have to have surgery done, and will be off for at least 3-4 more.    UPDATE #3.21978 supplemental: I start therapy on Thursday, and will be finished November 5th if all goes as planned. UPDATE #3.714155 supplemental: Tuesday starts my official treatments as Thursday was just the initiation and measurement phase.  I will report on how well the first day of stretching, exercise, and time on the RACK went.     UPDATE #4: Newest estimate for my return to work is currently Nov. 5th or 6th (possibly the 9th, if they don't want me to start until Monday....we will see.   Things are slowly improving.  I am sitting up for a bit longer now, although I am not able to stay put (sitting, standing, walking) for overly long periods yet; there is improvement. UPDATE #5: Finished with today's therapy session,  and started Traction for the first time.  I am feeling much better now.  Thursday, they will use the machine for an even longer period of time, and I should start to get further relief. UPDATE #5.6297 supplemental: Just got off the Traction machine an hour ago.  I am starting to feel even better then before. I hope this lasts, with the strengthening of my core muscles....below is exactly what RACK looks like :-)  UPDATE #6: Friday's work went well, and I feel pretty good this morning about going back to work this evening.   Thanks again for all your support ! You all have been great, bearing with me in all this.....          

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

What to do with oodles of floppy disks?

I got a TON of floppy disks that my dad's about to throw out, lots of different colors, I'm wanting to make something large, not just a letter holder, or a tote bag. I have access to a shop and a laser printer, as well as resources I could branch out in. Sky's the limit, what would you make? Sincerely, Mymridon.

Posted by mymridon 6 years ago

Is it possible to use old cassette tape's and/or floppy disk's "film" to make circuit boards?

Is the magnetic film inside these old media conductive enough to replace the copper, and if so, would it be feasible to glue strips of tape/disk onto some plastic or cardboard and then attach (?melting/soldering?) electronic components to it?

Posted by trocatintas 2 years ago

Glowsticks, motors, and an Iomega Jaz disk for Macs.

Hey everyone, I'm looking to get rid of some stuff I've had laying around for a while. I've got about 80 glowsticks + bracelet and ball connectors, and would like $20 obo for them, plus shipping. Colors are blue (clear in picture), green (lighter yellow in picture), yellow, pink, and orange. Some may be past expiration date (yeah, apparently they have one...), but there are plently of them there. Also, two cannon precision motors, both with D shaped shafts, one with a belt gear, $10 for both, plus shipping. Both motors are just under 3 inches long, and 1 3/4 inches wide, the shafts extend about 1-2 inches out. And, last but not least, an Iomega Jaz 1GB disk for Macs, price on Amazon is 93 bucks, but I'm selling for $20, plus shipping. I've provided pictures of everything, if your interested please send me a PM. PLEASE READ, I'm only going to accept Paypal payments, just to keep things simple. I'll send you a money request when we work out details. I'll be shipping the items USPS Priority mail, sorry only to the main 48 states. If I haven't covered any questions you might have, please feel free to message me! Thanks for help fund my projects XD

Posted by Zem 8 years ago

I need some copper disks

I need several copper disks 2 inches in diameter with a 3/4 inch hole in the center. They can be cut, stamped, or otherwise constructed but it needs to be out of 1/16 inch copper.  several means 5-10

Posted by Daves Homestead 5 years ago

Refinishing Optical Media

I was thinking about ways to actually get good data off of a fucked disk. I figured for a permanent solution, instead of grinding the disk down, or filling it in with greasy things, actually reforming the surface of the disk with some clear resin or acrylic. Comments?

Posted by Crash2108 11 years ago

how to make a piezo disk wiggle?

How would you make a piezo disk wiggle so you could see it move. Short story short i ultimately want to make a dual piezo cooling jet that GE had made (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm5fXj-hUpk)

Posted by vzfitch 5 years ago

How can I recover a "crystallized" cutting disk?

I was cutting an iron L rod, and the cutting disk began to produce red sparks, instead of these habitual bright orange. Simultaneously, its cutting effectiveness was down dramatically. I searched in the web, and learned that this phenomen is named crystallization,and it is due to overheating. Now, my disk is a new one, I want not throw it to the waste. Any idea how to get it back? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Posted by rimar2000 7 years ago

Rainbow Video Disks?

Anyone remember those "Rainbow Video Disks"? The bits of A4 paper that could store up to 450 GB of data? What ever happened to those? Are they available somewhere or did they just die? If anyone knows of some way of storing files on paper (via 2d barcode or something) I'd be greatful.

Posted by threecheersfornick 9 years ago

Adding files to a Virtual Hard Disk

I am trying to add a file to a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) made with Virtual PC. I can't seem to figure out a way to open it outside of VPC, though. Does anyone know a way?

Posted by puffyfluff 10 years ago

Is anyone familiar with an Euler's Disk? (physics, conservation of energy and angular momentum demonstration).

At this one site I haunt now and then, looking for new science toys and things to hack, I came across this little item called a Euler's Disk.  I am assuming at this point, that there is quite a bit of specificity in the way this needs to be made so that it works, thus the $25 price tag. Anyone have any information (not contained in the ad) on this?   It'd be most appreciated.  

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Floppy Disk Drives UK

Hi Guys, I am after some floppy drives here in the UK, if anyone can help me out that would be awesome, Perhaps you work in an IT department or know people who do. I need as many as I can get my hands one. thanks Chris

Posted by n1cod3mus 4 years ago

LED disk monitor

I'm thinking of making an LED based hard drive monitor that will show the % of free space. My thoughts are either an Electric Imp or a Spark Particle wifi controller and then some kind of OSX script that runs  on my server to read the disk usage and push it to a web server. I'll be using APA102 or LPD8806 strips. Any thoughts or suggestions? Cheers.

Posted by filthyPhil 3 years ago

What to do with 2 CD ROM drives, and 2 floppy drives? Oh yeah, and a zip drive with no disks!

I have 2 CD ROM drives, and 2 floppy drives. They are kind of old, but should work fine. I noticed the idea of Floppy Disk Racing, and was wondering if any one else had ideas for what to do with them?I also was curious if the diode of the CD player would work as a burning tool, like the on here: Laser Flashlight Hack!!Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!Oh yeah, and I have a zip drive with no disks!

Posted by lukethebook333 9 years ago

Project idea for all of you! - Hard disk heliograph

Have anyone created a heliograph using the platter from a hard drive yet?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliograph

Posted by akimbo m 11 years ago

How to resolve laptop low disk space problem?

Do you know how I can extend my laptop system partition space? In fact, recently, this system partition just gets a low disk space problem and has only about 5% of free space left. Since this low disk space problem has stopped me installing some programs there several times, I think perhaps I can extend this partition space with the free space of the rest partitions, like D, E or F. Is my idea workable? What am I supposed to do for extending this partition space? Any idea or suggestion will be greatly appreciated here!

Posted by RickyBon0 3 years ago

Floppy Disk Bag, Mushroom Night Light, Giant Gummi

Floppy Disk Bag Mushroom Night Light Giant Gummi Ikea Bowl Speakers Ping Pong Ball Lights Homemade Didgeridoo 5-Minute Ice Cream Cargo Scarf String Lantern Burger Recipes How to Freeze Blueberries Domo-Kun Backpack Campfire Toasting Fork Great Mozzarella Cheese Simple Wall Illusion

Posted by randofo 8 years ago

Guitar Hero 3 For Wii Disk Audio Flaw

I was meaning to post this sooner but completely forgot. Anyway, If you don't already know, Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock for the Wii has a disk flaw. The flaw makes the sound in mono instead of the Dobly Digital Surround Sound that is advertised on the box. Activision will replace it for free though. The way you can tell if you have a flawed version of the disk is if you look right above the Activision logo and if theres a little white star there or not. If there is one you have the new version and don't need a replacement. If not you can go here, fill out the form and then they will send you an envelope for you to put your old one in and send back and then finally you get sent a new version. I just thought I'd let you know. Good Luck!--Note-- If you send them a disk thats anything other than the old version of the Wii GH3 game they won't send anything back.

Posted by Rockerx 10 years ago

Mini Utility Boot CD or boot drive......

I often work with computers installing OS's...changing mobos, adding and removing hardware, some of you already know this ( your annoyed of all my computer questions lol :) )but lately I have started working in batch ( I MADE THE BEST APRIL FOOLS PRANK ( I will put the code on sometime)) So i know basic stuff @echo off,echo,cls,......(very basic) To the point now, I want to make a disc that I can boot form Bios that will allow me to run some basic utility's (eg:scan disk, format, check disk......maybe even a dos interface) It would be nice to have a screen that i could choose options from via keyboard. dose anybody got any ideas ? if anybody got ideas on possible utility's that would help too the image is what i woul like it to look like

Posted by littlechef37 10 years ago


Sorry folks looks like the server screwed up my posting and i'll have to post my idea for home brewed 5.25in floppies all over again (the post eventually appeared several hours later so i deleted it) ok so where to start (*light bulb appears over head*) i got it if you have a 5.25in floppy get it out and look at it you'll notice that its pretty simple the first part you will notice is the plastic envelope enclosure thing which is just a single piece of folded plastic with some holes cut in it, just below the surface of the enclosure is a fabric or paper dust trap that keeps the disk debris free and finally comes the hard part the disk each disk has 3 components the iron oxide powder, the disk, and the binding glue stuff the holds the powder to the disk. now here is my crude theoretical unproven construction process 1. cut out the enclosure(i'm thinking a material like plastic card stock might work) (probable impossible by hand put it under a laser cutter or watter jet if you have one) 2.use 8 dabs of glue to glue the dust trap in place on the side of the enclosure that will come in contact with the disk 3.spray some adhesive onto the disk and bury it in iron oxide powder 4.remove the excess powder and spray it again with adhesive 5.carefully put the disk in the enclosure and fold the enclosure around it gluing the enclosure shut 6.stick it in your floppy drive and format it i'll have time to try this myself this summer until then feel free the criticize and question my sanity just PLEASE don't suggest buying disks from e-bay, thrift stores, flee markets, online, or any where else for that matter

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago

No active partition error

I decided to try ubuntu on the p2, and each time I tried to install it, it got up to the root file system mount process, it stalls out, on both the 6.06 and 7.04 version. Now I can't even boot off the cd, it just fails at the cd boot and gives me a "Not found any [active partition] in HDD" then says " Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" I found this rather puzzleing as I just formated the disk on another computer and it's fine.

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago

can my xbox 360 hddvd add on be converted to play bluray disks?

Any techies out there know if there is a way to hack the xbox 360 add on hddvd player to play blu-ray disks? They both use blue lasers right? Any help would be appreciated. thanks, BIVIABCO

Posted by biviabco 9 years ago

You know those protective disks you find on a fresh stack of CDs or DVDs?

NOT the actual recordable disks. Those disks that come with a fresh stack of recordable media that are usually kept long enough to keep dust off those items, then get tossed when one runs out of disks. I need them. I use them in my art, making Alien Orchids and such https://www.wepay.com/stores/484374 I have been told that with the way technology is moving I will have a hard time finding these disks in the future. I already do! I'm down to about 6 and I can go through that many trying to make one good orchid. I would be happy to pay for shipping for a bundle of 10 or more at a time but what I would like is to find someone with access to a lot of them and pay per flat-rate Priority shipping box full. I think a small box (about the size of a video tape) would probably hold at least  40 disks and if I paid $10 it would cover shipping and put a few bucks in your pocket. Or I could give a shop credit so you can buy stuff I've made out of other stuff. If you can get a box-full together gimme a shout and we'll discuss details... I am also finding it tough to acquire used inner tubes - bike or (especially) auto. I have a project I'd like to finish and don't want to have to purchase a new tube just to cut up. E me at rhonda (at) oddartist (dot) com

Posted by oddartist 6 years ago

How to cut precise disk out of aluminium or gfk?

Hi, I'ld like to make a kind of spool. For that I need a two discs (80mm diameter) and a ring. The material is 3mm gfk or alu. By now my idea is to mount a jigsaw upside down and rotate the gfk around its center, so that the saw cuts tangential. Any better ideas are welcome. cheers Michael

Posted by mknuemann 11 years ago

Removing Silver from CD.

Is there a way to remove the silver off of a CD that's relatively fast and doesn't scratch or damage the disk in anyway?

Posted by BoomGuy 11 years ago

Your Computer's Getting Toasty

Add this to some of the other crazy toaster ideas. It's a toast drive: fitting snugly into a standard 5.25 drive bay, you put in bread for a toasting while the rest of the computer operates normally. It's kind of like sticking a disk into the disk drive--except that when it pops back out, you have a nice, crispy slice of toast.CrazyPC via boingboing.

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

How can I fix my Xbox 360?

Hey,I bought my first 360 on the same day they launched but about 2 years ago it stop reading disks it just says "unreadable disk" or something similar no matter what disk I put in it. About 6 months after that I retried it on a whim and it worked and I happily played Crackdown, unfortunately after another 6 months it stopped reading again. So far I haven't gotten the red-rings of death but I'm wondering what the problem might be. As near as I can figure it must be the laser, that it's got loose and shifted so it doesn't read, then shifted back true then off again, right?

Posted by grantdevine 9 years ago

MP3 player with USB disk input

Hi All.I use my USB flash drive to play music on my PC and in my car. My stereo at my entertainment area does not have a USB input so I have to plug a device into it via aux such as a phone or MP3 player. My question is; are there any MP3 players that have a port for a USB flash drive? I have an old phone that I currently load with music to play on my stereo when I have guests but I would prefer to simply plug my USB disk into a device to play music off of it. Its a pain to load music onto my USB, then have to load the music again onto my old phone. Thanks

Posted by Waynne-EdwardR 6 months ago

How to ride DH safely

1. Always wear a helmet, wear body armor as well when needed (how much depends on course, and what you find to be suitable) at all times. 2. Look ahead of you. The faster you are going the further ahead you should look. 3. Stay focused and try not to concentrate or think while you are going at high speed, this tends to slow you down and/or cause accidents...practice alot and everything should come naturally with flow! - Before a run get a song or something that gets you "in the mood" in the back of your mind,and go for it - before you know it you'll be through the track/race no problem...you should all ready know the track turn for turn before doing this. 4. Make sure your tires have appropriate tread on them and are not cracking/damaged 5. Check your bike over in the parking lot before going up the lift. Ride it around and check the brakes and tire pressures. 6. Get enough sleep before riding and especially before racing. 7. Don't drink or get high before racing or riding (you can do it, and seen it done, but if you want to win or want to be safe...don't) 8. Stay relaxed and dialed in on the bike, be as relaxed as possible mentally before you start a race but be pumped physically at the same time. 9. Know the track as well as you can before racing it (the later steps will go into greater detail on how to do this). 10.Learn to 'pump through the ruff stuff'-pull up on the face and push down on the back side of bumps/rocks/landing trannys, etc... 11. Stay light on the back brake as much as you can and try to lock it as rarely as possible if at all...it may cause you to wash out. Only lock the brake on extremely sharp turns or to get into a turn if a cuttie won't be efficient enuff. 12. Try to go as fast as you can when you can-->PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL like a bat out of hell in the open or out of turns when/where ever you can. 13. Practice "cutties". 14. Buy the "Fundamentals" DVD available here on pinkbike.com or at most bike shops and study it...take notes if you have to. You will find how to do "cutties" on the DVD as well as many many more "fundamentals" for DH riding-----> BUY IT, you will be glad you did. 15.Off camber: make sure you weight your outside foot and stand the bike on the egde of the tire, that way it will stick 16. Rock gardens: the faster the better- you will bobble across the top and be on you way before you know it, rather than getting packed down and ending up with major arm pump. 17. Braking: only ever do real braking in straight lines, you can brake on corners but do it conservatively and only to slide around sharp turns better as it may cause you to wash out as mentioned above. The less you brake the faster you go and fast riding is a winning formula- think about that. 18. >>>Don't Crash It can have you out for the rest of the season and that can prevent you from winning races----obviously. Just dont ride like an idiot and attempt things that will probably end in you getting hurt. Ride within your limits! 19. (Words of Pro Down hiller Steve Peat from the "fundamentals" DVD mentioned above) "Stay as light as you can on the bike and pump through the back side of rocks or rough sections as a skateboarder pumps a vert ramp" to gain or maintain speed and momentum. 20. Trust your tires throughout the course. If you believe and have faith in your tires grip, chances are they will have grip fine. If you don't trust your tires and BELEIVE that they wont grip and you will probably fall, chances are they won't grip and as a result you will indeed fall. 21. Walk the track and look for new lines or which lines are best to take and are the fastest 22. Tuck when ever possible to conserve energy. Pedal hard in the open spots before the ruff stuff then tuck and pump and repeat. 23. True your wheels to increase your speed and pedalling efficiency 24. Don't use big fat mud bog tiresfor DH(i.e. 2.6"-3.0") EVER...unless your DH course happens to be a downhill mud swamp 25. Learn to brake with out losing traction , this helps in straight line braking before turns. 26.Push yourself in the warmups, (not stupidly) and give 95% of what your maximum was when you were pushing yourself, in the actual race. This way you wont fall, but you are still hauling a$$. 27.Practice shift points, it is very important to be in the right gear at the right time or youll be sucking wind trying to pedal a flat stretch in too high of a gear. On a fast stretch where you need to begin pedaling to maintain that speed, youll be spinning out. Know what gear to start in and what gear you need to be in at every point in the track. 28. If all else fails look fast across the finish line where everyones watching. 29.When learning, set your fork/and or shock harder than you would normally, this will teach you to use to body rather than relying upon the bike. 30. Try to pick memory markers for your self; tree stump, odd looking rock, etc... and break the course down in your head so you can become very quick overall. 31. Practice simple skills such as manuals (good for roots), Hops, roots/rocks) and of course cutties 32. Commit to berms, brake on a berm and it will end it tears, aim to "rail the berm" to do this - hit the berm at a speed that isnt too fast (this will cause you to slip up it) and not to slow (you will slip down and is slower duh) The ideal speed should carry you round as g forces will push you into the berm. 34.Take a couple of the "Learn to race" clinics offered before many of the sanctioned races. 35.Play with your set up, everything from seat angle, to brake postioning- it can all make a big difference. The more comfortable you are on the bike the faster youll go, the steepness can be different for each course(for instance) so tweak it a little each time but dont EVER change your entire setup before a race. 36.When walking the course, look back up at it. You will find new lines looking up rather then down. 37. While riding (including in the air) never squeeze the seat with your knees. This makes it impossible to flow smoothly, and makes you a ridged weight to be tossed around at the mercy of the trail. It may feel safer, but it will cause you to wreck and lose speed when you would not otherwise. In the air also, it you pinch your seat then you can not compress the lip and extend for landing. Also you can not whip and prepare for upcoming turns and bumps. The ONLY time that pinching your seat would be appropriate is when doing a suicide no hander which, if you can do it without loosing speed, is a cool way to entertain the crowd. 38.Learn to crash,it is an important skill to have that will save you alot of trouble in the long run. 39. Work your way up to the big stuff. Even if you are a good rider always warm up on an easier trail then go for the harder stuff you set out to conquer. Same for riding in general- dont go tackle the hardest trail on the mountain without first being able to do the easy ones---this may sound somewhat obvious but alot of people just cant get this bit of logic into their skulls without being told directly. 40. If the drop doesn't have a great tranny, hit it with more speed. this will cause you to have increased foreward momentum and less downward ( static ) momentum and make the landing smoother. let your bike go off the drop first. 41. If you are in the air ( off a jump drop or whatever... ) and your back end starts to dip too much, tap your back brake, this will cause the front end to dip forward. ( this is used all the time in Motocross) WARNING: Use this with caution and only when its a neccesity. 42. XC riding will make you faster. I always love watching the out of shape downhillers crossing the finish line and nearly having a hear attack. The more tired you are the more mistakes you make and the more likely you are to get hurt. Pedal! Then pedal more! 43. Train like a mofo. During my DH racing times I would spend the summer mornings doing 5-8 runs on local dh trails then dirt jumping and XC riding in the afternoon= Legs that were strong/fast as hell. Dont forget to train in the off season too. 44. Develop a training schedule not just for biking and racing but to keep in shape in general. The more you ride the better you will be. Like Ito was saying, do as much of each mountain biking discipline as possible with emphasis on Down hill. Cedric Gracia wins because he is a great all around rider as is Minaar. 45.Commit to the front end of your bike in corners. Watch Sam Hill, no-one does it better. NOTE: BEFORE DOING THIS, make sure you have practiced it and know how to do this technique at speed (Note is courtesy of Iceboy) 46. Don't pedal like a mad man out of the gate. Pedal, but let your bike gather speed and focus on keeping it. Racing comes down to one thing - exit speed , in particular your speed out of corners. Wait until you feel the flow before you start pushing it harder. If you pedal too hard from the start you'll flip in 60 seconds and get back on your bike a go harder to make up the time. Then you'll flip again. Speaking from experience on this one! It's all about being 'zen'. At least that's what all the dudes who keep beating me are telling me. Learn how to go as fast as you can through turns and sections to know your limits. 47. Make your riding FEEL slow when you are going fast! If you feel fast it's because the trail is catching up with you too quickly for you to process all the info in a comfortable time frame. Probably because you are too busy worrying about going fast and not feeling the flow. Look out, you are about to flip. It's that zen thing you're missing. 48. Practice having FLOW in all your riding, down hill (speed as well as flow), Dirt jumps (flow), XC(speed and flow), what ever (FLOW)... 49.Dont be intimidated by other riders, stay focused on what you have to do not what they are doing, if they crash pay atention to why, and try not to make the same mistake. 50. Learn to go over jumps at as high a speed as possible with out overshooting or losing speed by going too high. Jumps and learning to land them without thinking is a VERY beneficial skill to have... (if you want to stay low coming of jumps learn to soak up the lip...you will go just as far but you'll stay lower) 51. When doing a j-hop, bunny hop or going up the face of a jump don't forget to push into the ground and then come up to get more air. 53. The rougher the place you are riding the more ralaxed and flowy you should be trying to go . 54. Spend time at the track and just watch other riders(especially how they are going through the tricky sections that you are having trouble with), see what they are doing wrong and try to not make the same mistakes, also watch for where the speed spots of the section are. 55.Read Brian Lopes's & Lee McCormick's book " Mastering Mountain Biking Skills", this book covers everything you need to know in great detail from top to bottom, it is with out a doubt the most comprehensive guide for how to ride/race mountain bikes and how to handle and practice everything involved in riding. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND IT, and would say that it is the BIBLE for Mountain Biking! 56.Look where you want to go not at what you are trying to avoid. if you stare at the tree you are trying to go around instead of the trail around it you will more often than not hit the tree. 57. As mentioned previously-The faster you are going the further ahead you should look, always look at what lies further ahead when riding downhill AND avoid staring at your front wheel--staring at your front wheel will slow you down drastically and often will lead to crashing. 58.To re-inerate what Harding.Thomas was saying; do not focus on obstacles like stumps logs and rocks, because thats were you will go instead of where you want to go. In essence, keep an eye on where you want to go and you will go there. Do not look down at what your riding over, let your bike deal with the terrain, thats what its for. This is a very important tip to increasing speed and improving flow. 59. Before you go riding, I find that a simple 10 minute warm up on flat land and practicing tight turns and j-hops helps loosen you up and calms you down If you have any other tips, tell me! ill post them in the list.

Posted by struckbyanarrow 7 years ago

computer hard drive to MP3 player

I have got an old hard drive, and i want to make an MP3 player using the hard drive disk, anyone know how?

Posted by wingman246 11 years ago

Compact DIsk Coasters

Well, I have some cork place mats that are lounging around and also have tons of useless old CDs, so I was wondering about making an instructable for CD coasters. I know that Im going to cut out circles of the cork and put the CDs on them then....but what should I do the CDs before I glue them on? Should I microwave them? Should I paint them? Should I shatter the CDs and then glue them on? How good are CDs at absorbing heat? Just some of my burning questions.

Posted by Zippy_Pyromaniac 9 years ago

XBOX 360 Hard drive gaming - boot disk help

I have this idea, but i want to know if its possible I have a home network of 2 tvs and do just did my xbox 360 update that enables you to copy your games to your hdd. I want to play network in my house on 2 tvs. But only have one disk So with the new software update, you can copy the games on your hdd, but cant play without the disc in your drive. No i know you can force open the drive and do it that way..but in long term it cant be good for your machine. So, i know there is a code on each disc and it picks up that code saying the disk is in the drive. Now my question is...... I want to explore my disc, and copy that code, and put it on a flashdrive or dvd and insert it, so that my one machine will think its the disk becasue i copied it to it, and my other machine i can play the original from. please help if somone know how to get that code..thanx in advance I also tried manually opening the drive while the dis is loaded and the game is on, does not work, as soon as you open it the lazer starts reading the disk. I do not want to chip my box, so i thought maybe there is a pc way of grabbing that code or some files needed to read the disk as a security check, and burn it on to dvd, the question is just..which ones. Another Question: Why do i have on my new desktop only 2 topics..welcome and my xbox. Other people have so many other options. Yes i do not have live, but will this only visible when live is on? Further on..when i put my disc in the drive..i do not get a nice image as what is now currently in my tray...just a stupid cd and the name below it... how do those people get the say call of duty 4 logo ect on it

Posted by silver_shadow 9 years ago

Help build a non-microsoft computer like atari or commodore or Texas Instruments

Enter comment on the part of the computers and dial up telephone network you would like to help build. This computer should not have microsoft or icons that slow down computers and make them annoying. The rom should enable the computer to turn on instantly. There should be about 5 rom chips including , video rom, a sound rom , a disk drive rom , a basic rom . The keyboard should include graphics keys of some choice. The right side of the keyboard has to be different. Since this might be a high volume computer the memory might be less than annoying microsoft. Mandatory commercial viewing might be a possibility. The dial up network might have less complex programs. Everyone should be able to write a program and type save. The problem here might be an excessive demand for 3.5 inch disks and cd disks.

Posted by halamka 9 years ago

Making HDD Player Circuit

Hi, I have my 80GB Old Hard Disk, which i need to use as HDD Player to connect to tv using AV Jack. Is there any Simple circuit to build this ? Thankyou

Posted by harismvec 6 years ago


Hello how I can programming this chips and use in different work like use USB interface with flash disk to read and write data. what is software, and programmer, any help I will be appreciated. Best Regards hosam matar

Posted by hosammatar 2 years ago

Inefficient, Complicated, Slow Data Transfer Idea w/ Geek points!

Would it be possible to transfer data between two computers at the same time using a single large optical disc? One laser would write to the disc while the other would read it when the disc rotates around. Maybe a magnetic disk like in a zipdisk would work better? An alternative to a disk might be using magnetic tape. I've had this idea for a while and now I've finally illustrated it, Is this at all possible? Also, why when I upload pictures to my library Instructables craps the quality and turns them into smuddgy blurs?

Posted by Marble of Doom 9 years ago

The file may be corrupted, located on a server that is not responding, or read only.

Hello, I have Win 7 and Excel 2007. When I try to open my .xls files I always get the same error message: The file may be corrupted, located on a server that is not responding, or read only. I`m sure that all my files are on the C disk and they are not read only…just week ago I was able to open it. My friend adviced me to make a scan disk and check my computer for viruses, but it didn`t help in the issue. Can you give me some tips how could I solve this problem?

Posted by AddyMaddy 3 years ago

Homemade Yugioh duel disk

Today I was bored and made a homemade yu-gi-oh duel disk out of cardboard and some other junk. So first I drew my design and cut out the base part, which held the cards. Of course, I had to measure and trace the cards to make a design that would hold the card in both atk and def position. Then, the hardest part for the base, I designed the spell and trap card zone. Then, by simply cutting out a piece of cardboard and getting one of those pins that fold at the back, I made the field zone. The hardest part of it all was making the deck/graveyard/life-points/arm connector part. The lifepoints area was made by gluing a small calculator onto the d/g/l/a(dgla). The dgla was made of 5 different layers of cardboard so as to make enough room for the graveyard. Next, I got my deck box and cut off part of it and glued it onto the side of the dgla. It worked perfectly for a deck holder with a few miner adjustments to hold the deck in place. Then, with an exacto knife, I cut out the area for the graveyard and added a small slip that pulled up and out to hold the graveyard cards in place. Finally, I cut out a piece of stretchy cloth just smaller than my wrist and glued it on. NOW, WHEN I POST INSTRUCTIONS, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN GENUINE PIECE OF CRAP! lol. Pictures coming soon.

Posted by PineapplebobTheGreat 10 years ago

Guitar Hero 3 For Wii Audio Flaw

I was meaning to post this sooner but completely forgot. Anyway, If you don't already know, Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock for the Wii has a disk flaw. The flaw makes the sound in mono instead of the Dobly Digital Surround Sound that is advertised on the box. Activision will replace it for free though. The way you can tell if you have a flawed version of the disk is if you look right above the Activision logo and if theres a little white star there or not. If there is one you have the new version and don't need a replacement. If not you can go here, fill out the form and then they will send you an envelope for you to put your old one in and send back and then finally you get sent a new version. I just thought I'd let you know. Good Luck!--Note-- If you send them a disk thats anything other than the old version of the Wii GH3 game they won't send anything back.

Posted by Rockerx 10 years ago

how to make a starship enterprise out of an old floppy disk

Found on the internet (nothing to do with me)You never know, this could well appear as an instructable one day...Lhttp://www.asciipr0n.com/archive/0013/bonnie/craft/

Posted by lemonie 11 years ago

Design idea help needed- nightvision

Is it possible to create a night vision with the following circuit... fitted with scanning disk tv method (accept for the fact that i'll use multiple mirrors instead of disk with holes) of video capture and display. Will it be sensitive enough? what I plan to do is- In simple terms, ill be using atmega as ADC... and photodiode as signal input. output will be via port d... if value of input is 1, one led red is turned on.. if value is 2,one green led red is turned on.. if value is 3,1 red and 1 green if 4=blue if 8, 2 reds 9, 3 reds so on

Posted by Suraj Grewal 3 years ago