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Power computing for less $$$

What's the best way to buy a gaming computer for less than $500? Should I be buying components and putting it together on my own, or just waiting for the best deal on a prebuilt system? And what websites should I be using to price things? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Nov 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Where to I find this Samsung LED TV component adapter cable?

A friend's got a Samsung LED TV which has two input jacks (appears to be the "3.5mm" type) for Component signal - 1 socket for video (red, green, blue) and 1 for audio (red, white). Problem is: where do I find these cable adapters so we can connect (5) component cables into these (2) input jacks? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Mountain bike needs upgrade! Help

So I have a 5 year old mountain bike(IronHorse Team SE) that I have been riding beginner trails and mostly commuting. Condition is fairly good and have been keeping up with cleaning and lubing. I want to spend up to $200 to upgrade components to make it lighter and faster while maintaining the same trail-ability Components are Rock Shox J-1 fork Hayes IH-2 disc brakes AL-6061 Frame Shimano ST-EFX35 Shift Levers TruVativ X-Flow Crank Shimano CSHG30-8I Rear Cogs Acera Shimano Rear Der. Shimano C050 Fr. Der. MythosXC 2.10F Tires Weight 35 lbs Any suggestions please?
posted by radsqd on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Please help me see the light

Please help me find a component photocell (photoconductor) that works well in the IR range. I'm trying to find a photocell that works in the micrometer wavelength range. The market is full of Cadmium Sulfide (CdS), but those peak at a little less than 1 micrometer wavelengths. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Apr 12, 2012 - 9 answers

No Composite Video or S-Video output

DVD player can only output to HDMI or Component but not Composite or S-Video. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on May 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I get a replacement A1242 transistor?

Where can I get a replacement A1242 transistor? [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Mar 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Cheap external TV tuner for broken TV?

TV tuner issues, part II: I need to find a workaround for a TV with a flaky tuner. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

How best to capture HD video as mpeg4?

How best to capture HD video as mpeg4? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Jul 17, 2010 - 2 answers

I just need to know which way is up

When I pulled out one of the component cables from my TV today, this thing came with it. I can see by the jack left in the TV that probably all I need to do is gently push it back in, but given that the 2 flanges on the thing are different, and I think it's an electrical contact, I'm pretty sure there's one right way for it to go, and one wrong. I'm hoping for some guidance on which is which. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Apr 18, 2010 - 2 answers

No blue channel with component video

I need help with my HTPC and its component cable connection. I'm missing the blue channel. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Mar 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Seeking the mother of all A/V switches

I'm looking for a comprehensive A/V switch that receives pretty much anything and converts it all to digital signals for HDTVs and modern home theaters. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I use a set of high-quality Component video cables as high-quality compsite video cables?

Can I use a set of high-quality Component video cables as high-quality compsite video cables? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jun 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Is HDMI hook up necessary for awesome High Def TV?

I have a new Samsung 1080/120hz hi def LCD yadda yadda yadda... The cable company provided RGB cable when they hooked up hi def cable. My question is whether or not I should get an HDMI cable. Does it make that much of a difference? It looks pretty darn good right now.
posted by zzazazz on Jan 6, 2009 - 23 answers

Anyone have a component video switch (with audio) they can recommend?

Lots of video devices with component video outputs, but TV only has one component input. Bought an automatic component video switch from a local big-box store, turned out to be junk. Anyone have recommendations for a quality unit? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Dec 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Assembling a budget stereo.

I am confused about assembling a relatively budget, quality home stereo system. (long) [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Component video plus optical audio hook-up for original Xbox?

What the best way for me to connect my original Xbox to the component inputs on my CRT TV and my Dolby Digital receiver? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Sep 17, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I attach my Wii to a computer monitor?

How can I plug my Wii into a computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 26, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me set up my new 5.1 surround sound speakers!

I just bought a 5.1 home theatre system. The speakers are Klipsch; the receiver is a Yamaha RX-V363. I'm having some (read; a lot) setup problems that I'm hoping the hive mind could help me out with. Specifically, I'm having trouble getting sound out of my PS3 and a picture and sound out of my Wii. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I get rid of static/noise when using American electronics with my TV in India?

How do I get rid of visual static/noise when using American electronics with my TV in India? Most notably, with my Nintendo Wii? [more inside]
posted by smersh on Apr 4, 2008 - 2 answers

Decent TV-to-LCD boxes?

Are those inexpensive, make-yer-LCD-a-TV boxes decent? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Mar 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Do so-called 'upconverting' DVD players upconvert 480p to 720/1080 over component cables?

Do so-called 'upconverting' DVD players upconvert 480p to 720/1080 over component cables? Is the difference between HDMI and component cables noticeable when watching standard DVDs on an HDTV? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo on Jan 2, 2007 - 14 answers

Are RCA cables and Component cables the same?

Can one use RCA cables (red/white/yellow) in component jacks (red/blue/green)? I understand that the jacks carry much different data/signal/whatever, but I was told that there is no need to buy (very) pricey component cables...you can actually just hook up good quality red/white/yellow RCA cables to the component jacks for the same purpose. [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 on Sep 14, 2006 - 17 answers

Component (YPbPr) to VGA?

Component (YPbPr) to VGA (RGBHV)? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Aug 25, 2006 - 3 answers

By 2007, they'll be $8500 apiece

eBay Supply & Demand question: I'm trying to get hold of some Gamecube Component video cables, which have recently gone out of production and are going for outlandish auction prices. If I wait it out, will demand decrease and the prices go down, or will this item just become even harder to find and therefore even more expensive? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Jun 6, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I convert 7-pin S-video to 4-pin S-video?

Can I "convert" a 7-pin S-video connector to a standard 4-pin S-video connector by simply cutting off the extra pins? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Jan 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Component cables only see in black and white?

HomeTheaterFilter: I have a Sony SLV-360 connected to an EIKI LC-X60 projector with component video cable. When I try and watch a DVD on the Sony, it only shows in black and white. How can I fix this?
posted by joshuaconner on Oct 8, 2005 - 3 answers

Tube Amp < $500. Recommendations Wanted.

Can anyone recommend a tube (valve) amplifier kit in the ~ $500 (US) range? I was going to buy one of the Passion Audio Kit i11 amps but the company that offered them, Rotac in Quebec, quit selling them April 1st.
posted by tommasz on Apr 22, 2004 - 3 answers

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