Seperate CD Drive open/close button

Im building a computer and the way im setting it up there is no way to use the cd drive button without modding the case i want to use the original cases button which is close to the cd drive im using a laptop cd drive and was wondering if i could like soulder on some wires and a button and place in the place of the original and have the led work to...like so it blinks like the drive itself dose???? please help

Posted by hvac2010 10 years ago


Giant Mobile Pipe Organ!

Howdy! For those of you who've been around for a while you might remember me as one of Instructables' interns. I had the awesome privilege of being published in The Best of Instructables for my Guitar Hero controller hack. I'm currently working on a big project and would love your help. I've been nominated for an award through The Fun Theory. The proposal is to create a pipe organ, called the Anywhere Organ, in which each pipe is connected to an air supply via a flexible hose. This allows the pipes to be installed with special care and attention to any space, creating a unique instrument whose character is an aspect of that space. The system is devised around Processing with midi signals coming in from a keyboard and being sent out to an Arduino to control the pipes. A lot of the decision of what project gets the grant is your opinion and your votes. If you like the idea I'd love your support. Take a look at my proposal here. Vote for it with the little blue dots below the comments. They work just like the star rating system on Youtube. Thank you all for listening and have fun making. If this project goes through you know I'll be documenting all the cool stuff I discover here. Matthew Borgatt/bofthem/gianteye sinbox.org

Posted by bofthem 8 years ago


PDF Download opens up in wrong browser window

The target window for opening the PDF window is called "_new".  This isn't right - it should be "_blank" to open in a new window.  Using "_new" means that all PDFs opened open up in a browser tab/window called "_new" and so they all open up in the same window and overwrite each other if you open up more than one at the same time. Available target names are described here:    http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_a_target.asp Should be a quick fix!

Posted by rpb 8 years ago


Open Source DIY Smartphone

Is it possible to design an open source smartphone, which everyone can build himself? Please tell what you think about it and what ideas you have.

Posted by DELETED_Bachlman 2 years ago


How to open locks

Posted by Andromeda30 4 years ago


Adafruit's Open Kinect Project

Adafruit has posted a $2,000 bounty for open-source drivers and/or an application for the Kinect X-Box 360 controller. The first person or team to post their succesful open-source documentation to Github can claim the glory and loot. For full details, check out this link: http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/11/04/the-open-kinect-project-the-ok-prize-get-1000-bounty-for-kinect-for-xbox-360-open-source-drivers/

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Indoor buzzing door opener with multiple openers

Hey guys, i would really like to have an instruction on how to install and customize a buzzing door opener. i´m kinda a lazy person and i want others to respect my privacy. My family is constantly rushing into my room in the most...lets say awkward situations :D I want the door to my room just to open from the inside or from the outside when pushing the open button. On should be near my pc and one should be near my bed. This would work perfectly if i get one of this buzzing door openers which are used to open the main door to the house. But i dont wanna replace my hole door. Just the metal part where the lock is. Also it would be neat if the openers where wireless. And the lock should work like a normal lock: I put in the key and i come in from the outside like a normal door =) Any one brave enough to take this challenge?

Posted by mpott1 6 years ago


Opening a techshop

JUST A SIMPLE QUESTION  Whats it take to open a techsop ? and is there one planned in or around Cincinnati  Ohio anytime soon ? Well a couple questions but good ones ! Fretted

Posted by fretted 5 years ago


need help with opening .dxf files

'hy! can someone please tell me why i cant open these https://www.instructables.com/id/EKG5XR8LTCEP287MTQ/dxf files. i have AutoCAD 2005 and when i open file it says: Invalid or incomplete DXF inputThanx!

Posted by l8ka 11 years ago


Pro Member Can't Open PDF document in Linux

I am using Fedora 11 and can't open the PDF documents I download.  I get an error message Encrypted Document This document is encrypted and can't be accessed. Please enter the document's password: What is the password?  Or is this another kind of problem??? The file I downloaded is attached.  Does it open for you?

Posted by brookspaul1065 8 years ago


Soft Circuit Contest Is Open!!

Hey gang. The soft circuits contest is now open. There are awesome prizes so check it out!  https://www.instructables.com/contest/softcircuitcontest/

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago


Open Source Design Software?

Hello Instructables forum, I'm wondering if anyone knows of some nice open source design software? I'm in the process of creating my next instructable (a dining table) and would like to design some legs on the computer before making them. Cheers, Chris

Posted by chrismo 4 years ago


Grand Opening!

Hello all!, boxaproject.com is now up and operational. Please come check us out and let us know what you guys think of it! Thanks.

Posted by boxaproject 8 years ago


My computer refuses to open .exe files

My computer refuses to open .exe files can anyone help? its running on vista and its started happening just recently

Posted by Danny 10 years ago


ChaCha.com invites open!

For those of you who may be interested in becoming a ChaCha.com guide, invitations are now open again. I have some available. You can email me your qualifications at magicbeambuyer@inbox.com

Posted by magicbeambuyer 11 years ago


garage door opener was used for a rope gate, what can i use it for now?

 I have a garage opener, commercial grade that opened a wire "gate" across my lane to deter people from driving up to my house. It has a metal wheel welded onto it to wind the cable and it's in a little hut (gatehouse) to keep it from the weather. I have a few remotes for it. Now that I have moved, what can I do with this $500 garage door opener? I will take a photo next time I'm over there.

Posted by katerlyn 7 years ago


Link open in new window not working

When adding a hyperlink to my Instructable text I check the "open in new window" check box, then hit the "Insert" button.  However in the live Instructable, the hyperlink does not open into a new window, but opens in the current window taking the user away from the Instructable page.  I've tried modifying the Instructable using IE 11 and Chrome.  I'm on an HP laptop running Windows 7.  I've also looked at the live Instructable on IE 11 and Chrome...but I get the same result of the new window not opening. Is this a known issue and a fix is upcoming? Thanks.

Posted by opus56 3 years ago


Make instructables links open in a new tab/window

Does anyone else find it really annoying that instructables external links don't open in a new window ? I keep losing the original instructables page when I close the linked page, forgetting that it didn't open a new tab. Maybe it's just my computer !

Posted by scraptopower 8 years ago


PDF won't open

RE: https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-Hideout-1/?download=pdf I can download a PDF, however when I try to open it, it gives me the following message. I have gotten around this by creating a "custom" PDF. Message is from normal PDF. It opens the PDF, but it is blank. Whoops! I take it back. I get the error when trying to get a normal PDF, NOT a customized one. The customized one opens. Thanks. Catherine iMac, System 10.10.5 Firefox, version 43.0b2

Posted by Cat00x 2 years ago


Network, open port searching!

Lets say i want to test the security of my computer/internet connection, i want to see/know/test what ports are open, how would i do this? i'm looking for a program or website that does this for me Thanks!!!

Posted by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago


How can I open .pcb files in eagle?

Someone sent me a .pcb file to look at but all I have is eagle, is there anyone here who knows how to open .pcb files in eagle? Thanks.

Posted by l0cke 10 years ago


Temp controller

I need to activate a garage door opener  with temp control. Opener uses momentary switches   There is a solarium on the out side of my shop garage door, When the temp between the door and the solarium reaches +/- 90 degrees  the door would open and +/-60 degrees the door would shut. Because the opener needs momentary contacts a regular thermostat  will not work. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated..

Posted by mcsxr2 5 years ago


Passwords opening Rar Files

Could someone please help me crack the password for this uploaded file?

Posted by dkarenga 9 years ago


Open-source how-to framework

I remember reading about an open-source how-to framework that was being created by people with previous(?) ties to Instructables. Does anybody know what it's called? Basically it was a global, unified structure for how-to's should be written. 

Posted by hughmorris 2 years ago


Clubworkshop open in Denver

Clubworkshop recently opened its doors- they have everything from woodworking to welding, CNC mills and rapid prototyping equipment. 16,000 square feet of maker heaven. I know I could spend some serious time there!

Posted by Honus 9 years ago


cant open pdf files just become pro member

just become pro member so could open pdf document but when click on pdf get link asking to become pro member! HELP!!!

Posted by anjewlique 7 years ago


DIY garage opener circuit

Hi, i was thinking of how to make my own garage door opener circuit. To make it simple, im just using a DC motor for my gates and powering using relay.. Any idea on the circuitries??

Posted by dck 7 years ago


how to open port 6112

Now that i have my computer up n running i lost the ability to host. some guy on the game told me to open port 6112. how would i go about doin that? (some random comic)

Posted by ich bin ein pyro 11 years ago


Error opening file in Adobe Illustrator

Hello ! Working in Adobe Illustrator there is a problem , attach the screenshot of the error below , maybe somebody faced such problem ??

Posted by roses86 9 months ago


PC Software

I have Pinacle Studio Software. After opening it is not opening any file for the few days ( previously it used to open) for editing purpose. Today after opening the software, i got the pop up as folows. UMI Usermade ISR IRQ Source IRQ Priority - Low - Medium IRQ Properties High Statistics Terminate UMI : Warning No IRQ Driver selected ok Kindly advice me further course action. Regards Bala TV

Posted by balatv44 11 years ago


How to open a new soda/pop machine

Ok i have learned a new bit of info of how to open the new soda machines you know the ones that dont take the new keys...it is by remote...i got the info straight from the source (the guy who was refilling one)...so i thought you would all love to know this...and if you can do more(like make the remote that will open them...) post them here...with the instructable of course...

Posted by girrrrrrr2 11 years ago


whats the best way to open a laptop's ac adapter?

I have a Compaq v2000 laptop with a faulty lead inside the AC adapter's strain relief. I want to cut the cable and resolder it inside the adapter, but I need to get it open... it appears to be heat sealed (no visible screws, but a recessed plastic seam) what is the best way to open it up? btw, I'm quite comfortable working with large capacitors, before you ask. help?

Posted by gschoppe 10 years ago


partial; capos

Does anyone have any ideas about capos that make open chords on a guitar. It would open alternative tunings for old folkies like me

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago


Bug with opening contests in new tabs

OS: Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) Build 13A603 (It doesn't give a version number more specific than 10.9, so I assume this is 10.9.0.) Browser: Chrome 31.0.1650.63 Steps to reproduce: 1. Go to the Contests page. 2a. Command-click a contest's View Contest, Vote Now, or View Winners button (depending on the contest's status). 2b. Command-click a contest's background. 2c. Right-click a contest's View Contest, Vote Now, or View Winners button and choose Open Link in New Tab. Actual behaviour: 2a. Contest opens in a new tab and in the current tab. 2b. Contest opens in the current tab only, as if I had just clicked it normally. 2c. Contest opens in a new tab only (as expected). Expected behaviour: Contest page opens in a new tab only, using any of the three methods.

Posted by PointyOintment 4 years ago


UK Instructables Store Now Open!

Because shipping across the pond totally sucks we opened up a Spreadshirt store in the UK as well. Shipping for UK members should be a lot cheaper now.So if you're on the other side of the Atlantic, check it out! UK Instructables store

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


how to open two word files in command prompt

How do i open two word files using notepad-batch files.if i write it without something between the two words but it doesn't work. what do i write between the words

Posted by thermoelectric 10 years ago


Self opening-closing drawer

I'm hoping someone can help. I have a handicap that makes opening drawers and cupboards impossible via touch. Aside from foot. I've been trying to come up with a solution for this for a while now.  I need something that takes up little, if any drawer space. Is relatively cheap (since it needs to be replicated across multiple locations). Can be opened/stopped/closed via a single foot pedal. And that will stop if it encounters some sort of obstruction. Actuators that are able to open drawers to the size needed are very expensive, and I'm unsure if they have the stop function in case of blockage. Anyone have any suggestions/

Posted by sanguish 4 years ago


off-grid, affordable, and open-source shipping container house

Howdy,  I've launched a kickstarter to build an affordable, off-grid, and open-source shipping container house:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1868967872/shipping-container-to-off-grid-house-conversion . Any feedback would be appreciated; thanks!

Posted by liseman 7 years ago


malware from opening acoustic tractor article

A few minutes ago, and immediately after I opened the acoustic tractor article on my phone I got a notification from 'Loaildo.info.lp/lp3?... saying that my phone would be locked within 1 day if I did not immediately download their 'Android Launcher update'. I suspect the article or the site has been compromised. Not sure what to make of this but I will not be opening anything from Instructables on my Android again. C Affel

Posted by caffel 1 year ago


No longer able to to open pictures as original size.

Since the new update the little white box in the corner of a picture is gone. Therefor I am unable to open a picture in what ever size I want. Whether it is 48 by 48 pixels or 3000 by 2000 pixels. Please either show me how to open them in this way, go back to the original picture setup, or add an option to allow us to change it back to the original picture setup for ourselves.

Posted by tytiger33 6 years ago


Automated Garage Door Timer

I have the bad habit of leaving my garage door open sometimes. To come home with your garage wide open is pretty scary. So I was thinking of this idea...  The garage automatically closes after 5 minutes. But that's pretty annoying so I figured you could install a switch underneath the garage door opener that will leave the garage door open. Any ideas on how this could be done or more suggestions? Thanks!

Posted by BrianKT 8 years ago


Can't attach images to comments

Add images button opens the interface, but the image library tab won't open. Images can be uploaded but cannot be attached. ? L

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


PDF download problem

Windows 7 Pro - current Chrome - current 57.0.2987.133 (64-bit) Screen shot included Problem - When I open Gmail from Instructables and clk on Download button, the next step does not open a download button as in the past but, instead, a page ( All ) is auto downloaded (see Screen Shot). Then, when I open my Download folder only a white page for that file is available. It will not open. Previously I would have a PDF file (Chrome round icon) to open. Thanks much, Brian Chapman Cedar Rapids, Iowa / USA (I can't get the upload to work for my JPEG screen shot. Will send it separately.)

Posted by CyValley 1 year ago


Lion Brand Yarn Store: NYC grand opening!

When Eric and I were in NYC earlier this year, we got an early tour through the half-finished construction zone that will soon be the Lion Brand Yarn store. It should be awesome when finished - I'm jealous of all of you who live in the NY area and can visit! Official opening date is November 18, at 34 W 15th Street. Check it out!The Times Square billboards will be running Lion Brand Yarn ads for a bit on opening day - they've put up a mock-up for those of us who can't be there to view it in person.

Posted by canida 9 years ago


Open page in new tab, not working

When I am writing or editing an instructables I usually put in some links, when entering the link I get a option to "Open page in new tab", The only issue is that when I enable and save that option the link opens in the same page and then the box is unticked when editing it again. I have included a short video about this Here https://youtu.be/OHCSXtDeIkk SYSTEM: MacBook Air (Mid 2013) MacOS 10.12.3 (Beta 16D17a) 1.3GHz i5 2 cores with hypertreading 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Intel HD Graphics 5000 BROWSER: Safari 10.0.3 (12602.4.3)

Posted by DavidMontesin 1 year ago


PDF open doesn't seem to work in Opera or Firefox

I tried to open a PDF, and I tried clicking on "print", but neither worked in Firefox. So I tried Opera - also didn't work. Then I tried IE - that one reqarded my click with an offer to become a member to download the file.I was at https://www.instructables.com/id/ETANZIMSWZEV2Z3QN3/#

Posted by jstevans 9 years ago


Open Source Lase Cutter

I have a project running for a open source laser cutter progress has been quite slow but it seems I can bump it up. The idea is to develop a laser cutter you can actually trust for large format cutting. Check out the project blog:  http://protonet.web-tec.co.za/development/co2lasercutter.php

Posted by dannylom 8 years ago


who thinks pepsi tastes like coke opened after a day?

Who thinks pepsi tastes like coke opened after a day? i think thats what pepsi tastes like . you can just pour day old coke in a pepsi can and call it pepsi. no offence

Posted by mberg 7 years ago


Automatic Blind Opener Advice

Hi, I am thinking of putting together something that will able to automatically open and close my blinds as the darkness outside dictates. Ideally, I am hoping to attach the opening/closing pole to a DC Motor, which would be controlled by a light sensor. I was also toying with the idea of powering the system with a rechargeable 9V battery that could be topped up with a small solar panel attached to the window. Is this idea doable and, if so, any advice on parts and putting it together would be very much appreciated.

Posted by elsmandino 2 years ago


Opening Beer Bottles in Creative Ways

Check out the video! Any other different ways?  These guys were pretty thorough.

Posted by AngryRedhead 3 years ago