I was taking apart an IBM keyboard from 1991 for restoration when I hit a snag. Instead of regular screws, the case was held together by hex head screws. I didn't have a socket long or small enough to fit in the hole and reach the screw. I needed a specific nutdriver, but I prefer not to buy tools that I'd rarely use again in the future. So I fabricated a tool out of a spare bolt.
I took a bunch of extra pictures this time because I wanted to test out a new 35mm macro lens that I got for my camera.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This old TiVo that we have at work kept making weird noises for about a week. When I finally had time to go check it out, I found that it was stuck on the boot screen. The noises came from the disk drives starting and stopping every time it reset itself. I thought it was a hard drive error, but a few days later, it stopped turning on at all.
I took it apart and tested the individual pieces. The dvd and hard drive worked fine connected to a computer. But when I checked the the power supply with a multimeter, it was outputting the wrong voltage. A lowly 0.5 volts on what should be a 5 volt rail. We ordered a new power supply online, swapped it out, and now it works again.