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Where can I find furniture hardware like in this picture?

Where can I find furniture hardware like in this picture? [more inside]
posted by gummo on Feb 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Can my hardware store also be my jewelry store?

Where can I find a machine part that would make a good wedding ring? [more inside]
posted by albrecht on Feb 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Home Electronic Music Studio - DA signal paths and other questions.

Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me choose my next keyboard

Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Feb 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Glass table = hum? Why?

When I set my microphone stand on a table I get a hum. How can I fix that without spending a lot of money or holding the microphone the whole time? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jan 24, 2011 - 24 answers

Clevis or quick link?

What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
posted by nathan v on Jan 17, 2011 - 15 answers

PS3 Died. Woe be me! What now?

Is it worth getting a fat ps3 repaired by sony? ($150) Or should I try fix it myself? (~$50) [more inside]
posted by edman on Jan 3, 2011 - 7 answers

I will build it, piece by piece

Help me understand computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jan 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Setting Up A New Laptop For Your Mom?

The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me find a metal clock frame.

Art Project: I'd like to make a wall clock, using an easy-to-find movement piece and handmade face. The hard part is the frame... Help me find a round metal frame that can be purchased cheaply, perhaps from a hardware manufacturer... [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Buying a flat-screen computer monitor

Help me buy a flat-screen monitor for my husband as a Christmas gift, please? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Dec 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Apple interview process for a hardware engineer?

My friend just got scheduled for a phone interview for a hardware engineer position at Apple. Are there any mefites who could provide any insight into what kind of questions they will ask, other aspects of the hiring process at Apple, or any other tips?
posted by ajackson on Dec 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me rid myself of this annoying hum

Why am I picking up a hum when recording? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Nov 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Things That Go Click All The Time

What is this noise coming from my Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Nov 21, 2010 - 6 answers

How hard is it to assemble a bare-bones PC kit?

How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 20, 2010 - 27 answers

IPad as Music Production Hub?

What hardware and software would you use to assemble a lightweight music production kit for audio recording and/or sequencing using the iPad as the "hub?" [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 14, 2010 - 4 answers

What's the lowest power consumption system I can build for a GlusterFS test?

I need the cheapest, lowest possible power consumption solution for a GlusterFS test cluster. MeFi PC hardware experts, can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Unresponsive CD/DVD Drive, how can I fix it?

My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
posted by hafehd on Oct 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Lower iPad brightness?

Force iPad brightness lower than its lowest manual setting? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Oct 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me complete my home studio!

Computer music MeFites! I need your help! Here is what I want to do: compose music on Finale, export the composition to a MIDI sequencing software, add beats that I'd also like to create myself, and then mix in real instruments including voice. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Oct 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for hardware/software experiment ideas.

I want to build some kind of simple hardware/software "thing" using Phidgets or Arduino, those systems that have RFID, sensors of various sorts (light, noise, etc.) , LEDs, and analog buttons, dials, GPS receivers, etc. I'm having trouble coming up with a somewhat simple, cool little experiment that is inspiring enough to spend the time doing. Got any ideas for me?
posted by drinkspiller on Oct 7, 2010 - 4 answers

How to hang a large and heavy puzzle?

How do I frame/hang a really enormous puzzle? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 29, 2010 - 7 answers

MOUSE ISNT WORKING in sc2

i just installed a new video caRD vn240gtmd1g and its workin and stuff but now i cant move the cursor in starcraft 2 everything else worlks fine i dont know what to do can anyone help?
posted by quseio on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system?

Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Sep 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Need good recommendation for an external monitor

Can I get a good computer monitor recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me pick out a workhorse laser printer

I am having an embarrassingly difficult time replacing an HP 4600 Laserjet printer. What is your methodology for selecting a high-volume laser printer? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me make horizontal bar for me to practice balance on

I'm looking to create a bar like this one so that I can stand on it to practice my balance. I'm thinking some kind of plumbing pipe may be able to hold me, or possibly a metal broomstick (I'm 56kg). Any help on what to make it from or how to put it together? [more inside]
posted by insperatum on Aug 31, 2010 - 12 answers

CPU Speed Adjustment?

How do I tell if the CPUs on a Windows Server 2003 are having their clock rates changed by a power-saver scheme? [more inside]
posted by Kahomono on Aug 25, 2010 - 4 answers

What's this old machine?

What is this big vise like machine I found? It's about 5 feet tall. The lever at the top turns the screw which makes the top jaw close. The jaws toothed and diamond shape. There's another bar on the right that rotates. What else can I do with it besides it's original purpose?
posted by jefftang on Aug 15, 2010 - 5 answers

IT hardware advice for non-profit

Medium sized non-profit looking to purchase new Hardware to run Sage MIP accounting software for 5 users. Any recommendations on type of hardware to buy for value: does one need a "server" these days for this type of situation or will a desktop work? How about reliable easy back-up options?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay (because I'm dumb).

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Any port in a storm.

Time sensitive hardware question: I have a Biloxon SRP-370 thermal receipt printer. It uses an LPT cable. The POS computer uses lpt or com, but the software only talks to COM. Therefore, I need the printer to use COM instead. Where can I buy a com port that will fit it and get it shipped overnight?
posted by lazaruslong on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

I want to monitor the hardware health, not have my health ruined mine through stress

What rackmountable or blade hardware vendor has the best support for hardware monitoring x86 Linux? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Jul 18, 2010 - 7 answers

What to do with some awesome antique doors?

What to do with some awesome antique doors? [more inside]
posted by msbutah on Jul 10, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I reattach my mailbox door?

How can I reattach my mailbox door? It was originally attached with pop rivets (I think) but they rusted. It's a really nice mailbox, and we don't want to replace it. [more inside]
posted by ivey on Jul 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Best way to erase or destroy a hard drive that no longer works properly?

Best way to erase or destroy a hard drive that no longer works properly? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 22, 2010 - 31 answers

Need help with big boy server upgrade questions.

I've come in possession of a Cisco MCS 7800 series server that I'd like to set up as a file server, but I'd like to upgrade it first. [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Jun 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Dead drive DIY hardware-level data recovery?

Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Installing an SSD on a HP netbook

I have a HP Mini 110 with a 160 GB HD running Ubuntu. I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really need all that space (currently I'm filling a tiny portion of it) and would prefer a faster boot time. What kind of improvements in speed should I expect if I swap out the hard drive with an SSD? What is the level of expense and difficulty involved in the install? Would I be better off just getting a newer notebook with an SSD already installed? What is the best source for a suitable SSD?
posted by Artw on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

I want to hang in my room

Where can I obtain a floor-mounted overhead frame to allow me to hang things overhead in my room? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on May 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Virtual real-time blackboard?

How do I make videos like the ones at http://www.khanacademy.org/ (i.e., real-time voice and free-hand virtual blackboard with colors?) Windows suggestions and Mac suggestions and hardware suggestions, please! (I understand he's doing all sorts of analytics and javascript stuff, but I'm just interested in the screencasting workflow basics.)
posted by zeek321 on Apr 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Due diligence before buying a used laptop...

Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Durable ebook formats?

Suppose I'm thinking of purchasing an e-book reader (or an iPad/tablet), and my primary hesitation is that I don't want to buy a bunch of e-books in a format that (1) will someday be useless or unreadable or (2) will lock me into a specific brand of hardware forever. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Apr 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Making an iPhone accessory?

iPhone "works with iPhone" hardware accessories, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Make computer run faster

Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

MacBook Pro hardware -- please hope me

Two annoying MacBook Pro (2008) hardware issues/questions, one involving Boot Camp, the other an ExpressCard/34 serial adapter. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Good overall book on the PC?

I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for high-quality security fastener in small quantities.

I'm looking for a high-quality tamper-reistant nut (like a Bryce penta-nut) in 8x1.25mm (8mm coarse), and in small quantities. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Mar 26, 2010 - 12 answers

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