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Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 7 Recap: Fixing a DVD player.

by Carlyn Maw on December 17, 2013, no comments

TL;DR Couldn’t keep myself from opening a second VCR that arrived because it ALSO had a DVD player. The DVD part was definitely broken. Fully dismantling the DVD assembly let me track down the culprit: a cracked gear. Once the tray open/close function mostly worked again, I removed the player completely from it’s original home […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 6 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 16, 2013, one comment

TL;DR – Didn’t do more with floppy drives after all. Instead cracked open a brand spanking new (non-functional) VCR. Turns out what was wrong with it was melted belts. I replaced one with rolled up gaffer’s tape and it worked! I took a lot of video of that.  So it is quite a bit harder […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 5 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 9, 2013, no comments

  TL;DR: CEO of Intel genuinely committed to Makers and the electronics hobbyist. When it gets busy, I stop taking pictures. Next time (Thursday), stepper motors, computer fan motor, or mechanisms…? The CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, came by on Saturday, and, like an idiot, I didn’t get Jen and my picture taken with him to tweet. Not […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 4 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 6, 2013, no comments

TL;DR Thursday I caved and used parts from my personal stash to make a break-out board for the power supply. Sockets salvaged from the mother board and the floppy drive still serve as the inputs, though. I tried cutting out parts of a circuits board to appropriate but since I hadn’t realized our hacksaw had […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 3 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 4, 2013, no comments

TLDR: Monday I turned the motor I salvaged Saturday into a spinning flower.  I added a dubious choice of cable to be the power cord for my motors-on-a-box project.  I checked to make sure the ATX power supply worked and used it to drive the motors in a half disassembled DVD drive.   Next time I hope […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 2 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 1, 2013, no comments

TLDR: Saturday I rewired the DPDT circuits, soldered and broke lead wires, programmed an Arduino, wired up a transistor and desoldered a colorful array of resistors from a circuit board.  (In pictures and short videos). Next time I plan to either mount more motors to the box or set up an H-Bridge. Also I’ll be […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 1 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on November 30, 2013, no comments

So this winter I am spending a couple of days a week taking things apart and making new objects from the pieces at the Intel Experience store.  From those of you who follow me at the CRASH Space blog, you know how perfect this is. I heard about the gig through Maker Ed because they posted […]

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