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Shipping a sound card

How do I ship a PCI soundcard without damage? [more inside]
posted by truth1ness on Jan 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Where are Some Great DIY Printed Circuit Board Layouts?

I have a medium-sized run of printed circuit boards that'd be most cost-effective for me to silkscreen/photo-etch at home. I'm pretty sure I got that part covered... lots of tutorials available [1, 2, 3, etc]. It'd be a shame, though, to build this setup and then not use it again, so I'm wondering where are some great repositories for (all types of) PCB layouts? Added difficulty: Would like reasonable descriptions of "what they do" and how the boards are likely to be employed. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Even Goldilocks can't find the one that is just right.

How closely do I have to match transformer voltage? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Dec 17, 2008 - 8 answers

What am I looking for?

When I used to go visit my aunt who lived in a large house, she had a little console that sat on her kitchen counter with a speaker and a big button. When you'd press the button, it would buzz a similar console in the garage where my uncle worked, and then my aunt could talk to him. He could then hit his button and talk back. I guess it's like those things you see in movies where the executive "buzzes" his secretary. Anyways, what are those things called, because I need one. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Dec 16, 2008 - 21 answers

Daddy, can we build the Manhattan Project on page 6?

SantaFilter: Looking for a fun, durable, relative inexpensive electronics kit/lab for wiz-bang 7-year old girl... [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Dec 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Fix a loose connection without cutting the cord?

Is it possible to fix a power cord without replacing the plug? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Will CES make the price of this camera drop?

Does it make sense to wait until after CES to buy a new video camera? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 30, 2008 - 3 answers

What do I need to reverse-engineer hardware and where can I buy it?

What equipment do I need to become an EE student cum amateur hacker? For bonus points, where can I buy it (either online or in person) in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers

What techniques, tools or resources do you use for modifying enclosures in electronic projects?

What techniques, tools or resources do you use for modifying enclosures in electronic projects? [more inside]
posted by st0rey on Nov 23, 2008 - 9 answers

what are my options when/if my aging speakers (z680's) break?

Seeking advice on what to do with (or looking for resources explaining how to fix) aging 5.1 PC speakers for when/if parts start breaking. [more inside]
posted by weakcore on Nov 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Are there any cheap, reliable electronics shops in Washington DC?

Travel with Electronics to Washington DC filter: are there any reliable, inexpensive electronics shops in D.C. to find an AC-to-USB converter? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 20, 2008 - 8 answers

How is this color-changing LED array being driven?

Electronics/LED Folks: I bought a few cheap, poorly-assembled LED color-changing orb-things and I'm pretty sure they're the coolest objects I have ever owned. I cracked 'em open, and damned if I know what is going on in there, but it looks simple/cheap as all hell. Help me figure it out, I'll post a build-log/parts list somewhere, and in short-order we can all be ass-deep in home-made, disarmingly sublime mood-lighting. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 18, 2008 - 28 answers

Chant Box lowdown

On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Life as an electronics technician

What's it like to work as an electronics technician? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

French-English dictionary, svp

Need recommendations for a quality French-English electronic dictionary. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Nov 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me identify a piece of electronics from a pinball machine.

What is this device that I found inside of a Williams Grand Prix electromechanical pinball machine from approximately 1976? [more inside]
posted by mmcg on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

How will cold weather affect my wearable electronic devices?

How will cold weather affect my wearable electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by evercool on Nov 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me Rock-afire my living room

What's the best way to get started in building my own Rock-afire Explosion (the robot house band from Showbiz Pizza)? [more inside]
posted by illflux on Nov 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Please advise me on the best answering machine/cordless phone combo for our home

Please advise me on the best answering machine/cordless phone combo for our home. The cost is not the top concern except inasmuch as I want to buy value for money. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Capitalising on other peoples stupidity: On Ebay, how do i know which broken devices aren't really THAT broken after all?

Capitalising on other peoples stupidity: On Ebay, how do i know which broken devices aren't really THAT broken after all? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Oct 26, 2008 - 11 answers

What Kind of Electric Motors Should I Get?

Where should I look to find good, low voltage electric motors for projects? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Oct 23, 2008 - 18 answers

Electronics geeks urgently needed in Aisle 4

I am packing my entire house and moving to the UK, and I'm hoping to bring my TV, stereo, and a few smaller appliances with me. Please help me figure out my US to UK transformer and voltage requirements! [more inside]
posted by Kevin A on Oct 18, 2008 - 24 answers

Ask not for whom the motor turns. It turns for thee!

How do you control the speed of a 3-phase AC induction motor? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Oct 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Sync Itunes Playlist to Ipod without copying music?

Sync Itunes Playlist to Ipod without copying music? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Oct 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Where in NY can I get an ipod nano engraved?

Where can i get my ipod nano engraved in or around New York City (closer to Brooklyn ideal)? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Sep 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Rotary Dial Awesome-o Mobile Phone GO!

I have found someone who can build me a mobile phone out of a rotary dial telephone. But Sparkfun doesn't really have a one-stop shopping list. Help me decipher exactly what parts from this article i will need and also please recommend a good antenna I can use that will give me the best reception but also be cell-phone-tiny. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Sep 24, 2008 - 2 answers

What should I do with my broken Tascam FW1082?

I have a Tascam FW1082 midi/audio interface board. Over the last few months, there's been a more consistent and very loud high-pitched whine in the audio output, making it fairly useless for what I need. What should I do to get this fixed? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Sep 18, 2008 - 5 answers

GTA/Toronto area electronics surplus?

Any Toronto/GTA area electronic surplus stores? [more inside]
posted by the dief on Sep 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Tinning a soldering iron

How do I get solder to stick to the tip of my fancy new soldering iron? [more inside]
posted by shimon on Sep 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me puzzle out a Mystery Circuit!

Later this year, for an electronics course I´m taking, we´ll be given a ¨black box¨ circuit containing various passive elements - resistors, capacitors, and inductors - and asked to design a pre-emphasis circuit that will negate its effect. I´d like to draw up a plan of attack, so: does anyone have any suggestions for experiments to run on the black box to determine the circuit within´s construction? I´ve got access to a function generator and an oscilloscope, of course.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 3, 2008 - 5 answers

How to turn my line out into an external speaker out?

Wiring/music equipment question: I have a fairly cheap 30WVox guitar amplifier with a phone/line out jack on the back. When I plug something into the jack, sounds stops coming from the amp's speaker and starts coming out of whatever I plugged in instead. However, I would like it if the sound would come out of both at the same time. How easy or difficult would it be to rewire the amp so that it works this way? I'm good with a soldering iron, but not too great with circuit analysis.
posted by donkeymon on Aug 30, 2008 - 4 answers

My Samsung DLP has required multiple repairs since July

My out-of-warranty Samsung DLP has been plagued with issues for the last 6 weeks. Routine issues, or do I have recourse? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Aug 23, 2008 - 2 answers

A sound board as an office desk toy?

Have you seen the Staples big red button you can press and you get a loud "That was easy"? A co-worker has one and uses it sometimes. But what about a programmable maybe 4 X 4 or 5 X 5 button grid that you can put sound bites on and play at will? Could potentially make a great office toy, given the right type of office environment, and some tact. Hasn't anyone created something like this? I'd like to buy one. (Everything I search for, like "Sound board", bring up the popular flash-based sound boards.)
posted by GenTso on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Should I eat -- er, solder -- this? On the aging and toughness of ceramic disc capacitors.

Should I eat – er, solder – this? I'm building a preamp and I just discovered that I'm low on 0.1μF 50v ceramic disc capacitors. My question is about whether it's worth trying to salvage more from another (already disassembled) piece of equipment. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Aug 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Where to buy electronic components near Philly?

Anyone know of any non-Radio-Shack retail outlets for electronic components near Philadelphia? I know there are tons of online outlets, but I'm looking for a brick and mortar supplier, and I need more variety than Radio Shack can offer.
posted by potch on Aug 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Weatherproof Power Supply

A probably-out-of-his-depth n00b asks: Weatherproof, "high" wattage electronics power supply? [more inside]
posted by DU on Aug 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for a drawing pad for my computer

I am an algebra teacher and am interested in demonstrating problems by recording them onto my computer using some type of drawing pad input device (so that I can post the solution to my web page for easy out of class access by my students). I also would like to narrate my 'recordings' What drawing pad should I buy? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Aug 11, 2008 - 6 answers

To the Patent Office I go?

DoesorwhydoesntthisexistFilter: A very simple guitar synth. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Can gunshots be triangulated with sound analysis?

Pinpointing gunshot locations by triangulating sound waves: Would this be technically feasible? Would it be legal? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 10, 2008 - 18 answers

Not-so-DIY

1. I'd like to take on a portable-electronics-building project. 2. I have none of the required knowledge. 3. ...? [more inside]
posted by jinjo on Aug 8, 2008 - 3 answers

gps module circuit diagram needed

can you help me locate a circuit diagram of a gps module on internet? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 on Aug 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Where to find my craft supplies in Chicago?

Anyone know any Chicago retail locations for jewelry supply and electronic components? [more inside]
posted by Teira on Aug 4, 2008 - 3 answers

No, I won't just mug a FIOS installer

Where can I buy fiber optic cable in a brick-and-mortar store in NYC? Small quantities only. Thanks.
posted by boots on Aug 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Where in Japan (or online) can I get this Japanese cable for my MacBook power adapter?

I want to buy a 2-pronged figure-8 cable (IEC 320 type c7) with a Japanese plug to work in Japan with my MacBook power adapter. Where should I look for this in Japan, or even better is there somewhere online where I can buy it and have it shipped to Japan? [more inside]
posted by teem on Jul 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Scrolling LED message sign

Where to buy electronic scrolling LED message sign ... in person? [more inside]
posted by msacheson on Jul 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Is there a spin doctor in the house?

I need a turntable to spin. That's it. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Where can I find people who like to know 'how stuff works' in socal?

Where around socal can I meet other aspiring electronic do-it-yourselfers? [backyard imagineering] [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jul 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Electronic Components in NYC?

ElectronicsHobbyistFilter: Where can I browse around for and buy small electronic components (microswitches, capacitors, etc.) in New York City? Radio Shack no longer appears to carry this kind of stuff (in New York anyway) [more inside]
posted by frieze on Jul 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Modifying electronics.

I bought the POWER TOUR Amp and it's really awesome. However I want to modify it and I don't know much at all about electronics. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Jul 5, 2008 - 8 answers

BUZZ - I know!!

Electronics filter. Game show buzzer+. There are tons of simple game show buzzer layouts on the google. What I can't seem to find is an idiots guide to something that would allow you to take an input more complicated that a simple yes/no. i.e. interrupt + [string]. Any pointers?
posted by Jakey on Jun 26, 2008 - 3 answers

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