I'm wanting to build a sculpture armature for small-to-medium-sized clay work. It'll be pretty typical, except that I want the horizontal support arm to have two articulated, lockable joints so I can easily reposition a sculpture while I'm working on it. I was picturing three long, thin bolts of a few inches length screwed on to some kind of joint with a wingnut. I've looked at hardware stores but haven't found anything like this and I'm not sure how to articulate what I need. [more inside]
I'm having trouble disassembling an old desktop PC to get to the hard drive before I can destroy it and throw everything out. Is there a quick and easy way to destroy the drive in situ, using everyday household objects? [more inside]
What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited.
Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited. [more inside]
EtsyFilter: What's the most cost-efficient way to get the handles/latches for classic-style lunchboxes like these in less-than-bulk quantity? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a tiny single-use video player, relatively cheap? [more inside]
How do I replace both drives in a RAID 1 configuration? [more inside]
Where can I find furniture hardware like in this picture? [more inside]
Where can I find a machine part that would make a good wedding ring? [more inside]
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]
Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
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]
What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
Is it worth getting a fat ps3 repaired by sony? ($150) Or should I try fix it myself? (~$50) [more inside]
Help me understand computer hardware. [more inside]
The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
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]
Help me buy a flat-screen monitor for my husband as a Christmas gift, please? [more inside]
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?
Why am I picking up a hum when recording? [more inside]
What is this noise coming from my Macbook Pro? [more inside]
How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
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]
I need the cheapest, lowest possible power consumption solution for a GlusterFS test cluster. MeFi PC hardware experts, can you hope me? [more inside]
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.
Force iPad brightness lower than its lowest manual setting? [more inside]
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]
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?
How do I frame/hang a really enormous puzzle? [more inside]
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?
Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system? [more inside]
Can I get a good computer monitor recommendation? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay. [more inside]
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?
What rackmountable or blade hardware vendor has the best support for hardware monitoring x86 Linux? [more inside]
What to do with some awesome antique doors? [more inside]
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]
Best way to erase or destroy a hard drive that no longer works properly? [more inside]
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]
How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
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?
Where can I obtain a floor-mounted overhead frame to allow me to hang things overhead in my room? [more inside]
Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb? [more inside]