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It's not a Tune-ah!

What would cause my electric guitar’s high E string to fool my tuners? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 11, 2009 - 18 answers

Electronics store in E. Cleveland?

Where can I buy ceramic disc capacitors, microcontrollers, and even arduinos in East Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by Emera Gratia on Mar 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Does anyone remember a toy, an "electronic set of building blocks"?

Does anyone else remember this toy, an electronic set of building blocks, or is it just in my faulty memory? Who was the manufacturer? What was the trade name? (How do I search for it on eBay? :) [more inside]
posted by aurelian on Feb 24, 2009 - 8 answers

getting fed up with headphones.

HeadphoneFilter: I keep breaking my headphones at the jack end -- suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Feb 22, 2009 - 17 answers

fat round things in cords?

what are the fat round things sometimes found inline on various types of electronic cords? [more inside]
posted by karl88 on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

help me test out a used Meade telescope

I'm about to buy a small Meade telescope used. It has that gee whiz motoring/pointing/slewing technology. What kinds of things should/can I test in a couple minutes just to verify that it's mostly working? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Place to recycle or donate CAT6 cable in Centennial-Aurora-Littleton?

I have a lot of Cat6 cable we need to donate or recycle--a bunch of partial boxes and some bags of random lengths. Ideally, it needs to be somewhere in the Centennial/Aurora/Littleton area. Anyone know of a good place to do so?
posted by everichon on Feb 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Going Dutch on Electronics

Best place to buy consumer electronics and accessories in (central) Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Feb 13, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I stop my monitor from shaking?

Help, my CRT keeps shaking and its driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Hooking a Chumby up to a Furby?

LazyHiveMind: What fun things can I do if I hook my Chumby up to a Furby? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Hacking a Bad GPS for a good outcome

I got a crap refurbished GPS for my girlfriend - a clarion NICE 430 because it was on sale for a low price. But it's got old maps, no updates and less support. I'm buying her another one, but what can I do with THIS one? Besides chucking it at the clarion building. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How should someone in London dispose of a printer?

Trying to get rid of a printer, some battery packs and an old PDA, without simply throwing them in the black bag. How does one recycle electronics ethically in London? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Mic level vs. Line level FIGHT!

How do I build a microphone preamp for a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by knowles on Jan 25, 2009 - 6 answers

A piece de resistor?

Where can I pick up a couple of 39K Ohm 1W (or 2W) flameproof resistors in the Bay Area this weekend for a pinball machine repair? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jan 23, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics?

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger on Jan 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Lite Rock, Less Talk? I'd like neither, please.

(Electronics|Stereo)filter: What is causing this infuriating noise in my preamp and how do I fix it? Links to sound files and long list of symptoms in extended. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me unstick my Kindle!

I spilled a little bit of juice on a few of the keys on my Kindle. I thought I'd mostly cleaned it off, but when I took out my Kindle later, I found the juice had surrounded a couple of the keys and dried, making them difficult to press. What's the best way to unstick the keys without damaging the Kindle? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jan 13, 2009 - 5 answers

My iPhone is buzzing differently now.

Why is my iPhone (3g) suddenly making a new and totally different kind of buzzing into my cheap speakers in additional to the good old GSM buzz I'm used to? Here is the sound. (608k .wav) [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote on Jan 8, 2009 - 2 answers

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons.

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

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

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