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Ethernet/8P8C crimp contacts bent

(if anyone knows correct terminology please correct). Ive got a (fairly large) number of existing Ethernet cables that over the years many have got damaged connector clips, so got a crimp tool and ...
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How do I decide what CPU to buy? [closed]

I'm building an HTPC and I already have a motherboard with an Intel socket 1150 -- but how do I decide what specific CPU to get? I'm happy with the Core i7 in my desktop but for cost reasons I'll ...
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Realtime and CPU-Inexpensive video overlay - How?

Alright, so here's the jig: I'm currently planning to build a very simple PVR system, which would essentially JUST record video, and then allow playback at a later date. I want to make this ...
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attaching a new on switch to a motherboard

I've had problems with my computer for a while, my on button was a bit dodgy. The other month it finally became a serious problem- my on button fell off. I figured out I could turn my computer on ...
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How to replace properly motherboard and cpu on a windows (7) machine?

I am going to replace the motherboard, cpu and ram of my windows 7 pc (at home, this is not a server, of course). What is the proper way - relative to the software and not to the hardware, unless of ...
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Powering a pico-ITX board with a UPS board for long intervals

I'm putting together a project to make a DIY "Tablet PC" with readily-available products that I can put together and use with little soldering effort. I have the motherboard and a 10" touch screen ...
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does this exist: UNIX box with ethernet and nothing else, all interaction is done by SSH'ing in

So I could sit this UNIX box by my router and all configuration would be done via local SSH. Then once it's set up, I could SSH in from the internet and use UNIX (and all the tools contained within). ...
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Soldering DIMM slot in laptop

I have laptop Acer Aspire One 722. Specification says that it has 2 DIMM slots, but when I opened it, I found it has only one, and there is a place for second one. I'm just interested, could I add ...
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sata to esata and back again using an old PC case

Simple question, will this work? I want to house hard drives in an old case and use the psu in the old case to power the drives. Then I want to use two of these: New Egg SATA to ESATA bracket One ...
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Intel WiDi / Miracast receiver hardware / software for DIY HTPC [closed]

I've read that there are many mediaboxes which could be good options for being Miracast-receiver. However I'm looking to build my own HTPC, and I want it to support being a receiver of Miracast, as I ...
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Safe to hardwire dc adaptor bypassing original socket on Gateway MX3231

I have found plenty of places where I can procure a replacement DC jack for my model of laptop. what I'm wondering is if it would be terribly dangerous to avoid the jack all together and just ...
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What is the minimum delay between two consecutive RS232 frames?

I have been working on creating a UART on an FPGA. I can successfully transmit and receive single characters typed on PuTTY. However, when I set my FPGA to constantly write a large sequences of "A", ...
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Wire colors in Targus laptop charger

I have a charger that came with my laptop, which is broken and a Targus APA69 Univeral charger, which is missing the plug. As I am traveling and short on cash, I decided to attempt to splice the plug ...
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MacBook Pro laptop cooling pad DIY

I'm planning to create my own cooling pad for my MacBook Pro (2011). Which is the better airflow direction - is it preferred to suck air away from the MacBook, or blow it towards the Mac?
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Mounting a power supply

I got a mini-itx case and a DC-to-DC power supply, which is 5cm wide (typical seems 3cm, but this one's 200W...). It won't fit into the power supply mounting pins in the case, so I'm considering just ...
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Gateway M275 won't charge. Replace DC input jack or power cable connector?

When I plug in my Gateway M275 convertible tablet, it has trouble charging. I hear odd squeal-y noises coming from the back of the unit if it's plugged in, and the charging indicator turns on and off ...
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How do I know what screws go where when I'm reassembling a laptop?

I've used the Gateway M275 repair manual to disassemble my laptop for a repair job and (while I'm in there) some cleaning. I have never done this before, and while I think I remember what screws go ...
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Could I make my own USB Type A/A cable?

Can I take two USB 2.0 cables, take the end that doesn't plug into the computer (the "receptacle" or "Type B" one), cut it off, then re-attach the two cables, so I can plug both ends to my ...
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What information do I need to successfully change my power supply?

I have an Aopen H360C HTPC case, and I need to change the PSU. What do I need to know before I can do that?
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Rolling Your Own Online Storage on Shared Hosting Account

I've got a Windows-based shared webhosting account ( with arvixe.com - no admin/root access via RDP - all web control panels) which I used to use to host freelance (ASP.Net) projects for clients. Due ...
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Want to turn old Powerbook Mac into small form factor desktop [closed]

I've got an old powerbook g4. Battery is totally dead, as is the superdrive. I've looked into selling but it's worth less than it would cost to ship it safely. So I'm considering cracking it open and ...
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How to build my own single-board computer?

For fun, I would like to build my own single-board computer which I can later program. I know there are already many development kits out there, sold by companies such as Altera and Xilinx, but I want ...
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How to open monitor case? (LG Flatron L196WTQ)

My monitor (LG Flatron L196WTQ) has broken recently and I know the problem is with the inverter. From what I have read online I can try replacing the capacitors on the inverter board and see if that ...
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Hardware and software used in DIY routers

Page 1 Page 2 I came across these cool things while surfing the web one afternoon, and from what I've researched, I see that they can be used in DIY routers. Am I right? What kind of software are ...
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Charge a laptop via USB power (500mA)?

My laptop is almost dead and I do not have the charger. Is there anyway I can DIY a charger for a laptop. Even if it takes 20 hours. To make it clear, I want to send power from a usb port on another ...
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How to make a neat cable/adapter?

I DIY'ed a VGA cable Black and White adapter by incisioning out the rubber and cutting somewires. The result was an unholy mess O' wires. I want to make a dongle or anything really that will look ...
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Performing mechanical movements using computer

How to make a computer (in particular, my laptop (Acer Extensa 5220)) to perform some mechanical movements without buying anything >$5, soldering things inside computer or creating big sophisticated ...
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Has anyone tried to DIY his own router?

Can someone provide all necessary components to assemble a router? Especially,what's the component to make it programable? Seems google doesn't give such information . UPDATE I'm not gonna use a ...
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How do I build a DIY NAS?

I'm looking for good, detailed instructions on how to build a DIY NAS (Network Access Storage). I'm planning on doing it cheap (old PC config + open source software). But not too cheap either. I'm ok ...
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Is there a peripheral that lets my computer monitor the connectivity of pairs of wires?

I've got a bunch of physical switches and circuits that act like switches (they're either connected to ground or they're just an open wire). Is there some sort of thing I can plug into my computer ...
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What is the smallest quad-core system that I can build? [closed]

I am thinking about building a machine to use as a linux or Solaris development server (for running a database, application servers, etc.). I would like it to be as portable as possible without it ...
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Any way to repair the protective screen film on an old Fujitsu Stylistic LT C-500 Tablet?

I have a 10-year old tablet computer that I picked up for a song a few years ago. It works fine for me as a wireless webcam server. It uses a stylus and eventually I scratched the protective film ...
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How can I build my own DVR/PVR?

I have found many resource on Internet but they are all dated from before 2006. Any people have good information to build a setup to record video from tv to computer?