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    Post your "Ghetto Mod" pics

    Dunno, haven't tested it yet. Waiting on the cable for the MiniPCI card, lol, it'll be here Friday prolly...
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    Post your "Ghetto Mod" pics

    So... two ghetto things here... one, my fave drill, and two, a mobo I just finished re-heatsinking. Drill first. Back in the 90s, Mom bought a Craftsman 6v rechargeable drill. Looked like this -- [Image found on fleaBay, reupped elsewhere...] 'bout two years ago, a decade after it...
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    Advice for my father...?

    Wow... sounds like I've got a chorus of opinions, all in agreement.
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    Advice for my father...?

    OK -- I'll talk to Dad tomorrow. Thanks everybody! /thread, pretty much...
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    Advice for my father...?

    Sounds good :) I'll talk to Dad about it tomorrow :)
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    Advice for my father...?

    I'm actually thinking of taking a vacation from [H]ere. You know... when I joined, people were actually nice to each other. Now? I recently got infracted and ignore-listed for sending literally five or six PMs over three days. I was being as polite as could be and the other dude was being as...
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    Advice for my father...?

    I don't have $5 to waste on getting trolled, when I can have that for free. His wife (not my mother, he remarried) got him the screen a few months ago. I had nothing to do with that... the box itself was my gift and it took me literally over a year. It's still not as good as I'd hoped for...
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    Advice for my father...?

    Found the entry in eBay's Purchase History. 26 July 2013. It's a Dell model, their P/N WX397. (I'd totally forgotten that.) This is a listing for an identical card --> http://www.ebay.com/itm/201243084012
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    Advice for my father...?

    Does it matter that his screen is 1920x1080? Samsung S27D590.
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    Advice for my father...?

    Huh. Card is from fleaBay... it was all of $15... 'lagging' isn't the word I'd use, more like 'jerky'... This is a (stock) photo of the exact card --> http://i.imgur.com/2s0wq9k.jpg (Found on Google, reupped elsewhere.) I don't come over his house very often (it's complicated, mostly...
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    Advice for my father...?

    Quite.
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    Advice for my father...?

    OK, built my Dad a nice computer for Christmas (far better than his Phenom II x4 Dell). Specs -- i3-3220 skt1155 + ASUS Maximus V Gene 12gb RAM 2tb HDD Quadro FX570 Win7 I threw the Quadro in there for a few reasons -- (1) it was cheap and I needed something I could pay for (2) I've...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Words for dinner :| It's going to be a couple days, I gave the power brick for this thing to a friend...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    I was hoping that I'd be able to find out ahead of time... oh well. I'll start assembly in a little bit, and shortly thereafter there'll be a thread in Worklogs about it. For the record, the oldass can of spray was Plasti-Kote Epoxy stuff for appliances. Gloss black. Oh well. Yep!
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    I have paintbrushes... I also have sharpies but I'm not a fan of that look. Sharpie is uuuuuuugly. Friend of mine did up an old case that way (it was an early HTPC in a beige Presario case, years ago, and he wanted to make it match his stereo system, lol) and my mind winces every time I see the...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Re: paint, what I got is what I got. I ain't got money to go out and get other stuff. Particularly since transportation is a perpetual issue for me... I gotta do the public transit dance and that's expensive since I'm in a kinda rural area. I know $2 each way isn't much for you guys but it is...
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    LEDs on a GPU fan header?

    This sounds like a job for the [H] Electronics subforum! ;) http://hardforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=52 Could a mod please move it there?
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Re: Star Trek. For me it's the plot -- what he does makes the two movies into generic sci-fi flicks with an unfortunate title and set of character names. That's not what Star Trek is. Star Trek, as best I can explain it in brief words, is about exploring humanity by showing humanity explore --...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Before I put this thread to its proper rest... the paint I bought is this shit. Will it stick to the molded rubber part of the connector, that I don't expect to flex any because it's not actual cable (and too bulky to move much anyways)...? Easier for me to paint 'em than to box 'em... and...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    2mm pitch headers. I hate 'em. Standard is 0.1" / 2.54mm pitch, larger in every way... total pain in the ass to work with the 2mm variety, but every single header on this board is that way. Although, for what it's worth, I have a Commell board, 3.5" industrial form factor (think two desktop...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Actually, I was going for a caseless mod ;) Think Star Trek* -- specifically the Borg ;) I think I have a solution but it involves changing the color of the mod a little. I was going to go with matte black with green and metallic accents here and there... but if green becomes red I have some...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    Crap. I don't want cracking :( Last I heard, plasti-dip type stuff was expensive as crap, too...
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    Quick but crazyish question: painting cables?

    I'm planning out an SFF mod using a Pico-ITX board a friend got me for Christmas a year or two ago. Whoo. (In related news, I hate Poulsbo. I'm a Linux guy, so it's warranted...) I want to, as part of the mod, paint some of the light-grey cables for the mobo to be flat black. I can afford and...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Fujitsu? (Upgrading a thin client...)

    Probably not. There really aren't many thin-client-reformation enthusiasts out there AFAIK! (So few that I had to make up the term... I think it's mainly me and Mr Parkytowers Guy, at this point!) I looked on google briefly, there's a support forum for Fujitsu stuff but not thin clients. I...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Fujitsu? (Upgrading a thin client...)

    CUZ is their customization line. XPe is XP Embedded. Basically lets you take stuff out if you want to; it's a modular version of XP. Worth noting, one of the very few not-a-driver results google gave me for that chipset was this PDF for a Jetway board with the same chipset. 1gb RAM max. (I...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Fujitsu? (Upgrading a thin client...)

    Fujitsu made the system... unfortunately their tech support people are, judging by my interactions with them, more oriented towards people who are not terribly computer literate... Chipset is an SiS741CX. Here's loads of info on the S400, including basically everything I know -->...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Fujitsu? (Upgrading a thin client...)

    Hello... I have a Fujitsu Siemens Futro S400 thin client. Got it off a fellow [H]ere, don't remember who (no offense meant -- my brain needs a RAM upgrade, lol!). I'm trying to reform it into being a proper, if somewhat low-power, desktop system. I've got a hard drive in it (running XP...
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    I built a "Clothesline Racer"...

    Not likely. I don't have any airplane cable. Even if I did, my house is 80ft long -- the regulation length of cable is 100'. My front yard is that wide, but I definitely don't have stakes that sturdy. There's also the matter of not having the money to get 100' of cable or the stakes... and that...
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    I built a "Clothesline Racer"...

    Thanks! *sigh* you're probably right about the Ghetto Mods thread. I'll probably wait till I build another Paper Tiger to post anything there, though... ;)
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    I built a "Clothesline Racer"...

    Thanks!
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    I built a "Clothesline Racer"...

    Info on Clothesline Racers --> http://www.richardvannoy.info/clothesline-racers.php I found out about it from Make: Mag. Very cool stuff... a lot more potential for fun times in a good way, IMO, than you'll ever get from eg NASCAR. Besides, you get to build the racers here, rather than just...
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    Triggering a reed switch at a distance...

    Update... found a real reed switch, worked great -- but a different part of the puzzle box didn't. So it's on the list of things for me to rebuild when I have the chance in a week or two. (I've got another project in front of it...) Should be interesting...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Viewsonic?

    Update on this... After some work of my own and additional help from one of my IRL friends, I've determined that the "DTV" board has a bad chip somewhere. It's one of two Marvell chips, either the BGA CPU or a secondary chip that's SMT but not BGA. Looks QFNish to my eyes. Doesn't matter, I...
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    Triggering a reed switch at a distance...

    SOLVED in a really ghetto way. I'll just say for now that it involves stove bolts and their corresponding nuts and washers from a hardware assortment... and a dollar store zip tie :D
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    Triggering a reed switch at a distance...

    HDD magnets don't work :( not strong enough. This is the switch in question --> http://i.imgur.com/yPsrrei.jpg
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    Triggering a reed switch at a distance...

    Making an electronic puzzle as a birthday present for a friend who is not on [H] ;) I have a "reed switch" (I use that term loosely, it's not even encapsulated) from a Dollar Tree window alarm. I can trigger it if I get a hard drive voice-coil magnet real real close -- but I need to trigger...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Viewsonic?

    I'm fairly certain at this point that the problem is elsewhere in the TV. That 7805 I replaced never turns on... may mean something, may not. I'm gonna swap it out a second time, prolly Wednesday night (I doubt I'll be out again before Wed). Besides, there's some pretty hefty blocks of metal...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Viewsonic?

    The diode is part of a circuit that includes two 330R chip resistors as a voltage divider, and a TL431. I suspect that the TL431 has gone to visit The Great TV Repairman In The Sky. I've scavenged three replacements out of an old PC PSU (it was working, but permanently out of use from...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Viewsonic?

    I can post pix tomorrow if that's any help...
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    Anyone [H]ere work for Viewsonic?

    ...well, somebody screwed up somewhere, the thing won't turn on at all now :(
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