Is it possible to clean a Net book that has had tea spilt on it.

Question by Turtlepwr 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can i make my netbook better?

I have a vnet netbook and its really bad, does anyone have any suggestions on what i should do?

Question by coldpsyco91 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is the best unix to use on a netbook?

I have an old netbook and i would like to try some form of unix, but i dont know which is better for it, it is a vnet vl-760-4gb and it has an arm926-akchip processor

Question by coldpsyco91 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can I fix this Toshiba net-book? Answered

I put my net-book (Toshiba nb250) in my backpack, 4 beers, and took off.  I soon there after crashed.  Got up, rolled on, and then my back got wet..... I busted 2 beers!  So, there was not much I could do and Shcktop is high in sugar. Can I salvage this and what may my chances be?

Question by onrust 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Net book from a Pocket PC. Would like to build a netbook with a 7 inch touchscreen from a WM device (Axim X51) Answered

I use a Dell Axim X51, running WM 5.0, with an SDIO WiFi g card and use it mostly to read books using MobiPocket software. I'm wondering if it's possible to graft on a 7 inch touchscreen and use it as an internet tablet. I don't really need a keyboard, although that would be a nice addition.

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


new editor doesn't work with net books with "letter box" shaped screens

Since the add pictures pane floats over the page I can't scroll down far enough to reach the submit button. I will no longer be able to submit instructables until you provide a link to the old editor (the one that looks like this), make the floating pane where you drag and drop pictures fixed so I can get to the bottom of it, move the submit button to the top of the floating pane, or make the area in the editor where the pictures a shown able to just have pictures dropped into it without opening up the floating pane.  until then I will no longer be able to add pictures which is useless to both of us. I am using a net book with a 10.1 inch screen, this will be a problem for every small screen that cannot be reoriented the way a tablet can.

Topic by rowerwet 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Laptop Stuff

Just wanted to know how difficult it will be to replace a laptop/net-book keyboard and touch-pad with a custom built one and also hoe hard it will be to build said custom laptop & keyboard?

Topic by wii maniac 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My Dell Inspiron mini 10 isn't working and the light for the power cable won't turn on. Could someone please help me?

I have a Dell Inspiron mini 10 and it hasn't been working. At first it was working fine, then the power cord started acting weird. We had to turn the cable in the plug in the net book until the light came on and it kinda worked, then the cable light wouldn't turn on one day and the net book wouldn't start up. I wouldn't like to have to buy another cable if I don't need to. Thanks! 

Question by brian4752 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is it possible to use a DVD player hardware / peripherals and convert it into a small "net book" style computer?

I have a "older" (maybe 2 years tops) DVD player made by Haier with a 7" screen. (Total width is about 8 inches.) My questions are numerous but can be sumeerized with this: Can I use the case, psu(battery), and LCD and rip the rest of the guts ot to make a small computer. Now granted, I know it won't be any kind of speed demon. I have built many desktop systems before. But insofar as laptop hardware is concerned I might as well call myself a complete beginner. My plan is thus (and if you would like pictures of the existing hardware and connectors I would be able to supply them): I would take out the mobo and the drive which is broken (my daughter burned the motor out when she was younger by manually moving it) and try to replace it with a smaller form factor motherboard. I would need this mobo to be able to boot from a usb drive so that I could use a bootable linux, possibly ubuntu, and maybe another usb drive for an input device. (Mouse most likely, use an on screen keyboard.) Another question would be are the connectors for the i/o in small devices standard or are they mostly proprietary? Would I be able to use the existing cables with a motherboard? If not are there converters? And the next thing would be that I would need a network card to work with it.... In the end, I would like it to be able to use a tiny linux, have some sort of i86 architechture (becuase flash 9 or 10 wont work with a powerpc arch.), and be able to use firefox to view youtube. It's kind of a gift for my daughter. Is it possible?

Question by Asmodean_7 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Netbook and no flash? Answered

I have a nice 7" net-book (off branded from China) Du should of known but cant watch video on it because I can't get Adobe flash on it as you may know it runs windows ce or something like that no HHD any help would be greatfull....Thom

Question by thomasready 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Hyundai FHSM-702PLU249739 sewing machine (66 stitch) user manual

There are loads of messages on the net from people who've lost or never had the instructions for the Hyundai FHSM-702PLU249739 sewing machine. They are not downloadable anywhere that I've found. So here's a copy (pdf attached). Hope it helps.

Topic by LDW 5 years ago


i know very less about electronics stuff.can anyone leave me any e-book or any material/link on the net...? Answered

Being a mechanical engineering student, i have no idea about the electronics. if someone needs to make any RC robot then he should be aware of the electronic circuits(as i feel). so kindly guide me regarding this...

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


How to make a beaded necklace like this

Hi all, Another beaded necklace topic (sorry!) but I was wondering what tools/equipment/technique/materials I would use to make this sort of thing. I notice some are knotted, but generally I'd like to know how to make more complex patterns either knotted or unknotted. Any simple patterns/books, I'd love to take a look. Cheers! http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/ulla-ahola

Topic by jarris 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


In reference to my first question......? Answered

Re:  I put my net-book (Toshiba nb250) in my backpack, 4 beers, and took off. I soon there after crashed. Got up, rolled on, and then my back got wet..... I busted 2 beers! So, there was not much I could do and Shcktop is high in sugar. Can I salvage this and what may my chances be? So, it sounds like it works BUT the screen is shot.  I can see "water marks" on the edges of the screen.  Can I replace it, where do I get it, and is it worth it?  A solid THANKS.

Question by onrust 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Does anyone have any info or resources that can help me with ODE's and Frobenius' theorem?

I'm studying Frobenius' theorem in school and am having trouble understanding my foreign teacher. His method differs from the one in the book, and I'm having trouble with that too. Most of the examples I've found on the net have been special cases like Bessel's equations or ones that can be solved with Fuch's theorem. (series solutions about an ordinary point, within a radius of convergence) What I'm having trouble with is EQ's that involve series solutions about regular singular points I plan on writing an instructable to decipher how to do this once I understand it better (teaching others helps me learn much faster) so any info would be greatly appreciated.

Question by Scurge 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Kodi or how much copyright protection is honoured these days...

These days when people talk about watching the latest cinema releases or TV series that are not even avialable in their country they often don't mean downloads... Sure, if you look around the web you will find a download for every movie or TV series currently out there but most people don't have the knowledge for it. Then there is the illegal aspect of things which is a true concern for people trying to do the right thing. But for quite a while now there is the Kodi media player out there. What looks to be just another video and music player is currently the number one platform for all sorts of illegal access to video or audio material from all over the world. For a while you could only download and install everything yourself, seeking info in some shady areas of the net. Now you get detailed info to every single step with screenshots and all. The biggest "joke" IMHO is that recently shops and retailers started selling Android TV boxes with Kodi already installed. This would not be a problem either if the required plugins for illegal access would be missing.... So what do you think about the legal side effects? A shops selling devices to illegally access copyright protected material and advertising it: Is this already against the law? A customer who bought the thing without realising he is doing somthing illegal with it: Is the customer really to blame? Out internet activities are an open book to the ISP and basically every law related organisation out there. So please don't pretend to be shocked if one day you get a few DMCA notices served ;)

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


AVR, Variable resistors, USB

Hello everyone,What a great site this is, I've only seen like 50 projects so far and I know there are an incredible large amount still left to discover on the site.. for all of you who write the guides and articles, great job! =)So on to my questions..I'm trying to learn how to build and program a circuit with an AVR uC. Previously I've played with NE555 circuits and I've connected those normal HD44780 LCDs to the LPT port and so on..I've also worked with repairing TV sets earlier, replacing both normal components and SMBs..So I got some basic knowledge of soldering and reading schematics, so thats no problem.However the programming part is more problematic and also how to connect some components to the uC.. My wish to learn is how to connect variable resistors to the uC and connect the uC to a computer (via USB perhaps) and then read the values there and perhaps sending them further to another program.More simple, I want to be able to connect a variable resistor to a uC and then be able to read the value and use that value on the computer..In the long run, what I want to accomplish is a similar piece like the Aurora open source mixer. http://www.auroramixer.com/But first I want to learn how to connect lets say 2-3 variable resistors, which I believe should be connected to the ADC channels on the uC, right? Together with a low value resistor between the variable resistor and the uC, I've got that info from somewhere so I hope I'm on the right track.Ok, so that's quite simple, I guess.. But then, how do I read the values on the uC? I think the uC should poll the ADC pins with a few milliseconds in between, or does it work in some other way? Before I connect it to a PC, a simple way to see if it works would be to send the "value" from the variable resistors to a led for each resistor and increasing or lowering the brightness of the led depending on the value from the resistor.That should be quite simple to rewrite when hooking up the uC to a computer, just forward the info the PC instead of to the led.. or to them both perhaps..What would the code be for doing such?My "problem" as most people think, is that I learn by examples, not by books or pages on the net with advanced explanations.. I need to have it quite simple, even though I have no problem learning new stuff..I've been working with PHP programming for a few years and even though I know its far from PHP in a uC, its still programming so I have some sort of basic thinking, which I hope will be handy somehow =)I've searched through the net, also searched AVR Freaks and I've even asked on the forums of AVR Freaks who tells me, sure you can do that, you just have to start programming.. But I really dont know where to start..I learned PHP by downloading examples, see what they do, change a bit and see what happens and so on.. Sure I can do that with the AVR as well, but there are no examples that even read just one pin with a variable resistor connected.. if I had that I would be able to duplicate and make it read on more pins and so on..I should be able to emulate the code somehow with the AVR developer software, so somehow I should probably be able to emulate a variable resistor and find out what values I get from it.. but I havent been able to get something like that working either..Finally, I'm now writing here cause this page hosts a great load of great guides, from "how to sew your own panties" to "building your own waterbottle rocket".. and because I didnt get that much help from AVR Freaks..so you guys are my last hope, I hope you could help me out..// Chrisps. if someone would be interested in making a guide on how to accomplish this and perhaps even connect the uC over USB to a computer, that would be the best thing ever ;) but I'm not gonna go that far, just some help would be enough.. hehe .ds

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


South By Southwest (SXSW) 2009 Interactive Review - It's a Party Masquerading as a Conference

It's no secret that SXSW is more about the parties than the conference, but when you have so many smart people who run interesting businesses together, it's a pretty significant lost opportunity that the conference isn't better. Christy and I attended the 2008 SXSW Interactive conference, and decided it wasn't worth coming back. However, Instructables was a finalist in the Web Awards "Classic" category at the 2009 SXSW Interactive conference, which netted us two free passes. So, we attended again this year. This is my review of the interactive portion of the conference.High level - I'm glad we didn't pay. If you go, admit that you're going for entertainment, not to learn something about the interactive industry. The keynotes were excellent -- even if I didn't come away from them with anything actionable to do --, while the rest of the panels and talks were terrible. Having the resources to get to Austin doesn't mean that most conference attendees will have done their homework -- otherwise interesting panels with smart people were nearly always hijacked by stupid questions, and unfortunately it was rare that a moderator would shut down the stupid questions and get back to anything engaging. For example, at How Safe is Your Domain Name? someone actually asked "What does ICANN stand for?" If you're the type of person who reads reviews, and tries to determine if a conference has value for your business, SXSW does not. It's a party masquerading as a conference. If you go, think of it as a vacation, enjoy the evening events and keynotes, and when you learn one or two interesting things by accident, you won't be disappointed. Longer Review:Plan B: Can an Ad Guy Bring Bike Sharing to America?The story of how an advertising agency exec. was able to start up a bicycle sharing venture. Worth checking out just to understand how Crispin Porter+Bogusky works, and to see how they keep their thinking fresh about advertising.Spying 2.0: Can America Compete With Web-Savvy Enemies?Quickly devolved into an I-use-Twitter-so-should-you panel. Yawn. Is Privacy Dead or Just Very Confused?Academics talking about websites they use, and privacy issues they think might apply. A discussion of "experiences"; nobody on the panel is actually doing anything real, nor do they have any insight into major players' privacy policies or how those policies affect users. How did they get a panel?Change v2Lawrence Lessig's non-keynote-scheduled keynote on how money reduces our faith in politics. Excellent. Find a video of this and watch it.Opening Remarks: Tony HsiehTony Hsieh has given this identical talk at other conferences, but the message is so good, it's worth seeing twice. Slides available here.Feed Me: Bite Size Info for a Hungry InternetThis had an interesting set of people on the panel, but it nonetheless turned into a why-Facebook's-new-homepage-sucks-because-it-copied-friendfeed fest. Then, the panelists started openly wondering why they hadn't invited anyone from Twitter to be on the panel.Collaborative Filters: The Evolution of Recommendation EnginesThis was one of the biggest disappointments. Anton Kast of Digg is clearly top notch, and has spent deep hours thinking about recommendations and the math behind them; and, the people making up the rest of the panel were no slouches either. Unfortunately, they spent more than half of the time describing in layman's terms how each of their websites work, and we never got to anything juicy. "On Digg, users rate up a story they find interesting by clicking the Digg button..."! Edupunk: Open Source EducationThe description of this panel really got me pumping: DIY teachers around the world are using open source course management systems, open access textbooks, and other open source tools to buck the chains and limitations of corporate education software. What the panel really turned out to be was a bunch of ineffectual academics having a cat fight over who was more ineffectual. They all tried to outdo one another with stories of how management at their university prevented them from having any impact, and the winner seemed to be the panelist who accomplished the least. Seriously.This was only topped by the first question from the audience, which opened with: "I've learned a new word at this conference, and I'm going to use it here: monetize..." Seriously? I now have a new rule for conferences: Stay away from all education topics. The ratio of people with opinions to people who can/are having impact is way too high. How to Create a Great Company CultureThis is a tough topic, and one in which there's no right answer or overarching theory. The only way to get data is to listen to anecdotes, and this session gave me a few more. Although to be fair, I probably could have spent the same hour reading blogs written by company founders and gotten more out of it. Sunday Keynote: Stephen Baker / Nate Silver InterviewInterviews with really passionate people are always a treat. Nate Silver fits the bill.From Flickr and Beyond: Lessons in Community ManagementI was baffled why Metafilter was invited to be on this panel. In a discussion of privacy policies, the director of operations from Metafilter said "We don't have one. We're not there yet." Despite obviously having the most to contribute, the representative from Youtube didn't share anything; his lawyer must have told him to keep his mouth shut. Overall this was let down.New Think for Old PublishersThis panel was deceptively described, and the audience was annoyed to find a group of publishers simply looking to scribble down suggestions rather than having a conversation about the industry. Fortunately, Clay Shirky was animated enough to heat things back up.Presenting Straight to the BrainRunning a panel on better ways to use slides and graphics where each panelist presents slides might seem a bit hubristic, not they pulled it off. Take home: Use your slides to tell a story.How to Protect Your Brand Without Being a Jerk!This powerhouse panel was interrupted a mere 15 minutes in by a self-described-artist-from-Europe who raised (and shook) his hand for 5 minutes until the moderator eventually gave in. His question: "Do I need to copyright my songs? No really, do I need to copyright each one?" This softball opened a pandora's box of stupid questions from audience members clearly unable to format their questions into that tricky search engine text box. Monday Keynote: Virginia Heffernan / James Powderly InterviewJames Powderly is a friend and deeply fascinating individual. I wish this interview had been longer so they could have gotten deeper into his motivations and experiences. Advertising is Entertaining - Who's Selling Out?I came out of this session thinking it was pretty good. However, on further reflection, since it was more conversation than lecture, and lots of people had the opportunity to speak their mind, I was just happy no one said anything particularly stupid. This should give you a sense of my expectations at this stage at SXSW.New Threats to New Media: Fair Use On TrialThis was an excellent panel, particularly because Jason Schultz ran a very tight ship, kept things moving, and prevented questions from derailing the session. In my opinion, all three videos shown were clear examples of fair use, and I would have appreciated one that was a little closer to the line, but the session overall was still both enjoyable and useful. Building Strong Online CommunitiesWhile too general to have any actionable items, this was still pretty good. It's also fun to hear Drew Curtis's irreverent opinion on community. Tuesday Keynote: Chris Anderson / Guy Kawasaki ConversationThis made me really look forward to Chris Anderson's coming book Free. Guy Kawasaki did a fantastic job moderating, especially with respect to mocking people who ask questions just to insert a pitch for themselves, and limiting meaningless follow-up "questions."Nom Nom Nom: The Secrets of Successful FoodbloggingGet a DSLR, all other rules of successful blogging apply.The parties and evening events were good. I enjoyed Dorkbot Austin and Plutopia, and still think often of the food at The Salt Lick. The Web Awards were surprisingly fun. We were up against some much bigger names, and Flickr won (which in my opinion, was the expected value; I use Flickr at least weekly, if not more). Baratunde Thurston emceed, and he kept it spirited and fast-paced. His interludes were funny, and when no one from Flickr showed up to claim their award, he claimed it for them. "I remember really wanting to share some photos online..." I've been to other conferences where the parties are fun, the talks are engaging, and you come away with a laundry list of actionable items that will make measurable improvements in your business (or life). The SXSW interactive conference has all the ingredients to make that happen, which is why it's so disappointing when it doesn't come together.

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