My (very basic) DVD player is connected to my (also very basic) TV with RCA cables. My laptop plugs into my TV with an S Video cable (so I can watch Netflix streaming, etc). The problem: if the S Video cable is plugged in (even if the laptop isn't connected on the other end) the TV won't recognize the signal coming from the DVD player. My solution is to simply unplug the S Video cable when I want to use my DVD player, but ideally I'd like to keep it plugged in and have some sort of switching mechanism. Is there such a product and if so, can someone provide a link? Thanks!
I have a USB charger for my phone and another for my MP3 player. Can I use one for both without fear of damaging my two most favoritest electronic devices? [more inside]
Can I fix my battery-powered blender? [more inside]
I need help finding a power supply for a Japanese top-loading NeoGeo CD for a friend. [more inside]
Linear solenoids. Need help understanding how they work and if mine is broken. [more inside]
I'm interested in self-tracking/home automation. What products (or DIY projects) are out there in the same vein of "Withings" and "FitBit" that will semi-passively track data about myself? [more inside]
What are some cool arduino music projects, especially guitar effects?
I have an electronics/meow related question... [more inside]
Help me plan the electronics and software for an interactive art installation involving buttons and a webcam and a monitor. [more inside]
I'm looking for an old (ca. 1965-1969) article for an electronics project. It was published in an electronics magazine like Radio & Electronics, Popular Electronics, etc. [more inside]
Can this circuit board be redesigned? If so, how can I find someone to do it? (also inverter, battery question) [more inside]
I purchased a junction box for solar panels off ebay and need help figuring out how to properly connect it to a 12v battery. [more inside]
Hello. I have lost my remote for my Sylvania SRT 2319 and am trying to program my Time Warner Universal remote to work with it. I have found the code and the remote will power on and off the TV but it will not control any other features. Any time I press the channel key or a number key the CBL (cable) device button blinks, like it's not registering as a TV button. Does that make sense? What can I do?
What's the best way to set up a dimmer switch in my room which is controlled by an alarm clock? [more inside]
Electronics deals between Toronto and Arizona [more inside]
What's the easiest way to convert a bmp of a simple one layer circuit board into a gerber file? Or...into a circuit board, I'd like to get them fabricated by a company, not sure which one.
How can I "test drive" a Kindle? [more inside]
I'm overwhelmed by the wealth of conflicting opinions I've found by google-searching. Anyone have strong feelings about what brand/type of camera and power devices I should buy before traveling to Vietnam? [more inside]
Where is the antenna hookup on a 2010 Toyota Corolla for an XM RADIO? [more inside]
What would be a good battery to use for renewable energy generation? If the anual average wind speed of an off-grid house was 6 m/s and had a roof at 30 degrees due south (for the use of solar PV). What kind of battery would you suggest I purchase so that it can be used for a turn key system and last for up to 3 days using wind power and solar PV? - The average power consumption per week of the house is 111.657 KWh [more inside]
Where can I find a beard trimmer in New York City? I specifically want one that takes AA batteries, nothing with a built-in battery and charger. [more inside]
Help me find a kitschy look-at-this-new-internet-thing book from the mid to late 90s. [more inside]
What should I know/do as a first time Consumer Electronics Show (CES) attendee? [more inside]
Silicone "skins" for electronics: What happened to the market? [more inside]
Can you recommend some good stores like http://www.goldmine-elec.com/ and http://www.sparkfun.com/ I'm looking for little motors, gears, metal rods, rubber rollers/grommets as well as electrical components.
I'd like to teach myself electronics with a focus on audio. I'm starting with this book. What should I do/read from there? [more inside]
I have several boxes of expensive electronic components (like this DC-DC converter, various high-freq op amps, 14-bit ADCs, several rad-hard milspec discrete devices, etc.), and I'd like to sell them online. Is there an eBay-like Mouser or Digikey-type site?
Need help figuring out best option for a printer for a fashion company. [more inside]
Cheap CD player hisses. Worth the trouble to diagnose or fix? [more inside]
I need some electronics help - why is this FET not doing what I expect it to? [more inside]
I'm a hobbyist looking to buy an oscilloscope, and I need some advice. [more inside]
How can I trigger a relay using my (non jailbroken) iPod touch? [more inside]
Looking to buy some speakers for my iPod which I have absolutely no experience with. Looking for something in the $150 - $200ish range. [more inside]
Looking for the perfect laptop for traveling. Priorities are durability, lightness, and battery life, in that order. Performance is not too important, but it must run Windows 7 like a champ. Willing to consider netbooks. [more inside]
Save Our Planet Filter: My girlfriend is doing a "green energy" engineering project and needs inspiration. This is a project for an electrical engineering class in college so give us your coolest ideas for green energy projects. [more inside]
I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
Help me find a new LCD television for my modern guest bedroom. [more inside]
Do you know of any camcorders or portable video recorders with composite (analog) input? [more inside]
Does anyone own a patent for the button? As in, the button you press to turn on your tv, or to dial your phone, or to nuke the planet from orbit. not the button on your shirt. [more inside]
Where can I find a cheap network cable tester, tomorrow morning, in NYC? [more inside]
I want to create a customized Settlers of Catan board. For the purposes of this question, it could also be a custom Monopoly board. I want the pieces ( cities / hotels ) to light up when they are placed on the board. I know I would put LED's in each piece, but besides that, I am not sure if or how I could power up the LED's. I am not an electrical engineer, but magnets, watch batteries or inductive charging sound good to me. Help me make an awesome electronic board game!
I'm looking to buy a personal handheld GPS unit mainly for hiking and geocaching. Recommend an awesome model for me! [more inside]
Few hours after work travel in Berlin and looking for local Akihabara or good electronics store. Any place close to S/U-bahn is ok.
sous-vide-Filter: I have a pot of water and I can buy an immersion heater or aquarium heater, but how do I control it to maintain an arbitrary temperature 40-100C within 1 degree, for cheap? External themostats for homes and microbreweries and aquaria seems to top out at 32C, and cost upwards of 50$. Scientific water baths and ovens cost $800+. And my oven is not accurate enough. [more inside]
What is the best universal charger to reduce cable clutter, esp while travelling? [more inside]
I'm about to start work in an electronics shop (mobile phones, hifis, computers etc) and would love some tips. [more inside]
Attention electronics tinkerers: I need to find a waterproof potentiometer without breaking my budget, and I'm not having much luck. Long-winded explanation inside. [more inside]
In order to fix a malfunctioning printer we have been told to unplug it and hold down the power button for one minute to release static. Are we being punked? [more inside]