We just bought a Vizio E550VL LCD TV on Craigslist. We tested it before buying it, of course, and it worked fine; we brought it home and watched an episode of Game of Thrones on it, and it continued to work fine. The next morning when we turned it on, the screen brightness starting flickering badly, and a little while later the screen stopped turning on at all. When we opened it up we found this charred wiring (note blackened housing and brown spots on circuit board.) What should we do? [more inside]
I'm selling almost everything I own so I can fit everything that's left into my car and travel for a while. The inside of my car can get volcanically hot at times, and I'm worried about storing my MacBook and iPad there. What can I do to keep them as cool as possible? Buy a cooler they'll fit in? Do I need to worry about condensation in that case? Any ideas would be very welcome -- thanks!
So I managed to get myself a job in a busy factory as an electrically biased maintanance man and need resources to help me become more up to scratch with what im dealing with. [more inside]
My husband likes to take electronics apart and put them back together (cameras, smart phones etc.). Right now his setup is ridiculous: he works (mostly) over a big tupperware container to catch the screws that fall into it, unless they fall on the floor, and he holds the flashlight on his iPhone with one hand while trying to wrestle tiny screws into place with the other hand. There has to be a better way; this looks painful. what can i buy him to improve his setup (lights, magnifiers, other things i haven't thought about)? What do you use in your efficient and effective home repair shops?
So, my 15mo old daughter poured a cup of coffee in my 2011 Mac Book Pro, and now the keyboard and none of the ports work. I am trying to figure out what to replace it with, if anything (at the moment). [more inside]
Why does the signal keep dropping on my Wii? [more inside]
These are various .avi files from old which my player a Panasonic Blu-Ray DMP-BDT230 supposedly supports. It will 50% of the time but only show the picture and then a high pitch dog-level sound comes through speakers. It is connected via HDMI to TV with TV's audio output RCA to early 2000s receiver. [more inside]
My current house room setup doesn't make sense, and I'd like to move the media room to a different location. However, the only available wall for for TV/Xbox/Etc, is the wall that divides the kitchen and the living room; so the TV would be hung on the same wall as the microwave and stove, but on the other side, in a different room. (If that makes sense.) Is interference still a thing, or is most equipment shielded enough that this idea isn't a problem?
Is the control panel on my gas oven really completely fried after switching the breaker on and off? How can I prevent this in the future? [more inside]
My fiance sold and shipped some very expensive, heavy, one-of-a-kind electronics to an online friend overseas. They were damaged during international shipping. The purchase price was over a thousand dollars and the items are literally irreplaceable. Who is legally liable here? What are the ethics? We *cannot* afford to reimburse this expense. [more inside]
I have a refurb monitor that's starting to go bad: the screen will fill with vertical color lines that don't change once they appear. Cycling the power almost always fixes it, but it's starting to happen more often. There are three boards inside - which is the likely culprit? [more inside]
I'm trying to set up several micro USB charging stations in my house and car, and I'm realizing that I retain very little from 9th-grade Intro To Electronics. Set me straight on how current works? [more inside]
So - I need to epoxy some wire back into a tiny plug. The old one holding it was whitish. Can I use regular epoxy or do I need some kind that it especially made for electronics? Thanks
Recently got offered a new job in the area of electronic engineering (I think anyway!).... [more inside]
What are some good Arduino projects involving Christmas lights for someone new to microcontrollers? [more inside]
My mother-in-law's TV is out of HDMI ports. I need a switch and a cable. I can't order online-- I need to be here to set up, and leave early Monday. Best Buy/Radio Shack are last resorts. [more inside]
Recently I found a good deal on a direct drive DJ turntable which was manufactured for the japanese market. I know japanese consumer electronics run on 100V while US runs on 120V. I have heard conflicting things on whether this would be an issue. It seems like the turntable would likely run but I have heard some reports that this difference in voltage might eventually damage it. Is a power adaptor a permanent solution to this problem? Is a power adaptor even necessary?
A few months ago I moved into a new apartment, and decided to get one of these industrial shelving units - something like this to use as a desk/bookshelf/musical gear shelf. Everything works great, except when I plug my macbook into its charger and start typing. If my hands are on the aluminum body of the macbook and my wrists brush up against the metal frame of the shelving unit, I get a sharp shock, nothing too bad, but painful and annoying. [more inside]
I recently purchased the Iphone 6 and love using it, but the EarPods do not work well for me. Help me find an alternative. [more inside]
Hi - I'm hoping for a bit of help comparing two similar 7 inch tablets that are on sale this Black Friday. [more inside]
I just picked up an IBM electric typewriter from a salvage shop. However, as you can see HERE, there's something a little bit strange going on. Any electricians out there who can give me some insight? Thanks!
There are a ton of printed circuit board assembly companies in Asia. How do I choose one? [more inside]
I am thinking of getting a friend's old Realistic receiver (Realistic STA-65C, I think). I am not of the nature that I need an exact model replacement of the treble knob and am curious if there is a place online or a store like Home Depot or Radio Shack that might sell knobs that could fit or made to fit. I know eventually I may find one on ebay but don't need it to be a perfect match nor spend too much. [more inside]
I have acquired a gorgeous vintage record player, which I would like to either repair myself, or find someone to repair in the Chicago area. [more inside]
I was given a tablet demo unit from my workplace because we no longer sell this model. It's functional and great, but still has the old security base attached. It's a circular nub about 1" thick that fits into the cradle of the demo pedestal, and has wires coming off both ends of the nub. I can cut off the wires, but the nub is superglued onto the back of the device. What's the best way to remove it? Photos within. [more inside]
ElectronicsFilter: I would like to construct a box with 4 lights that work on a timer. I know lots about software, and little about hardware, please help steer me in the right direction. [more inside]
I want to place small red LEDs into the eye sockets of local statuary. What do I need to buy? [more inside]
I accidentally received a free Honeywell 1911i barcode scanner from Amazon. It’s worth a lot of money. They said I can keep it or donate it. What should I do? [more inside]
I have this USB DAC/headphone amp (which is great). I just started using the RCA outputs for a pair of powered monitors (also great). The problem is that the DAC switches between the outputs based on whether the headphones are plugged in. This makes sense, but it's annoying. I want to hack it and switch between them manually. Electronics whizzes, check my reasoning. [more inside]
I inherited this rice cooker but cannot figure out what buttons to use to make regular short grain Asian rice. I thought it was the large one on the right but the rice is gross and uncooked yet soggy. Can you help? I looooove rice and need to remedy fast. Thanks for your help. Can you tell me what all of these buttons mean? I can't find a mode number so I can't look up the operating instructions online.
Where can I find this Foxconn part (an HDMI socket) that appears to only be available in bulk from a distributor? [more inside]
I want to purchase a few elevator advertising touch screens. You know, those interactive touch-screens that display all kinds of adverts and slideshows. Problem is, I don't know where to get them. [more inside]
I have an idea for a half-and-half forearm tattoo (like this) where one half will be filled in such a way to represent computation, computers, electronics, artificial intelligence, something like that. Trouble is, I can't think of something appropriate that would work in a tattoo. Need ideas for this fill! Requirements and current ideas: [more inside]
I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined? [more inside]
I need basically this. I'd rather order it from closer to home. My searches for this type of cable in the US haven't turned up anything, and I don't know enough about electronics to figure out what other names it might go by. I think it's a common type of cable so there must be something I'm missing. Thanks!
I want to learn how to build something like this. Starting from nothing, what kind of skillset will I need to acquire?
What device is to writing what the Kindle is for reading? Assume a Kindle is, for purposes of this question, electronic, single-purpose, efficiently designed, portable, small and stylish -- and not a tablet like an iPad or Nexus. The method of document storage does not matter.
Where can I buy blank plastic boxes for electronic gizmo projects? [more inside]
Is it feasible to take apart, modify, and put back together again a hair dryer so that it works in reverse, that is, become a small vacuum? I assume I would have to make the blower work backwards to become a sucker, and I would have to direct debris into a little sack and away from the blower and power source. If I were going to do it, what would I do? How much work would it be? How ugly would it be, assuming rudimentary skills and a home workshop? If it's impossible-- why?
I would love some suggestions for science experiments with the Cambridge BrainBox electronics kit. [more inside]
I have some fancy new stereo speakers. I'd like to be as correct as possible when wiring them up, which has led to some possibly-unusual questions about speaker impedance. Halp! (Inside: Series or parallel?) [more inside]
It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
We have a ton of devices with different chargers and I am looking for a clean charging station that will hide the cord clutter but still allow us to charge multiple devices (with varying connectors) at once. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I'd like a thin and light 1080p laptop. It does not need to be powerful, but it does need to be cheap. I'd like to spend about $300, but it must be under $500. The perfect machine would be something like a chromebook, but with a higher res screen than the ones I'm aware of. The resolution requirement trumps the thin and light requirements. [more inside]
I am playing with an animatronic toy I got from a thrift shop. Before I started trying to hack it, there was a rocker switch that when pressed in one direction, made the head turn left, and when pressed in the other direction, made the head turn right. I have hooked this up to my arduino by replacing the switch with transistors, but the head now will only turn right. Without knowing exactly how the circuit board inside the toy works, is there enough information to figure out what I'm doing wrong? [more inside]
I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
Looking for the name of a company in Richmond, Virginia which makes electronics or radios and may or may not begin with the letter "C." [more inside]
More gift advice needed! For a 10-year-old science geek with advanced computer and electronics skills for his age, I am looking for cool electronics project kits. He has an Arduino starter kit and has worked with that a lot. He has some soldering skills. He's into digital audio at the moment. He also has a Mac laptop and an iPad, in case it's relevant. Looking for things in the $75-150 range.
How do I safely and (pretty) cheaply implement this one-off home electrics / electronics project? I have a low-wattage controller that will drive a high-wattage load having to do with the heating of water. I already have a GFCI extension cord that will stand between EVERYTHING and the wall outlet. The main complicating factor is that this is a single, custom-built thing so I need to use off the shelf pieces for a housing, etc. [more inside]