How To: Fix a compact disc player drawer problem

When CD and DVD players stop working, it's usually because of the drawer not opening and/or shutting. For this CD player, the problem turned out to be a broken belt between the motor and the wheel that has the gear that opens the drawer. Look at these two video tutorials to see how easy it can be to fix, by replacing one belt with a rubber band.

How To: Solder speaker lead wires

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to solder speaker lead wires. Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint. Viewers are shown how to solder speaker lead wires to the terminals. This video also shows how to solder two wires together and how to solder a wire to a slip on terminal. This video will benefit those viewers who want to learn how to solder and be able to repair other electronic devices.

How To: Clean your game disc, DVD or CD with household items

In this instructional video, the young host demonstrates an excellent method for cleaning your DVD's, CD's, and Game discs using simple, easily found items that you always have laying around your house. The toothpaste he uses acts as a super mild abrasive (almost exactly the same that is used in professional kits, except they don't get the benefit of a minty fresh smell) that removes minute dirt and debris that gets stuck on the disc. When cleaning your discs, be sure to rub the toothpaste in...

How To: Fix a broken, skipping CD with toothpaste at home

Those discs you thought were done for because of scratches and years of use now have a second chance at working and all you need to do so is get some things together from around the house. You'll need toothpaste most importantly, some tissues, water and the actual CD you want to try and fix. Apply the toothpaste on the side of the disc which is to be read and the spread it around using your hands. Once its applied over the whole disc, use water to wash it all off. Then use the tissues to wipe...

How To: Set up a home theater system

Home theater systems are all the rage these days. Our expert, Reggie Hayes, will help you decide whether you should buy a ready-to-go theater system or build your own with separate components. He'll also help you create the best surround sound environment by choosing the best speakers, sub woofers, and amplifiers.

How To: Repair a blown subwoofer

OK, you've done it, you've blasted your DJ set just a little too loud and now your speakers are dust. Well, before you rush out and replace them, why not try repairing them on your own? That's right, with this how to video you can take the necessary steps and breath new life back into that fried speaker. You'll need a soldering iron, the appropriate gauge wire, and some time. This project isn't quick and it's not necessarily easy either, but you'll feel good when you've saved your speakers. B...

How To: Clean your scratched compact discs with peroxide

This video shows you how to clean a compact disk using peroxide and toothpaste as the cleaning agents.First of all, put the disk in a mixture of water and a bit of peroxide and let it stay there for about 5 minutes. Then, you must take out the disk and apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the whole disk's surface. Let it sit like that for another 3-5 minutes. After that, clean the disk with water. Use it only when it is dry. If this method does not work, then you should either take the disk to...

How To: Clean your scratched CDs with toothpaste and water

This video is presented by A K Dlnny. The video starts with common location in any household. A K shows a CD which is fairly scratched. Most of us have scratched CDs with us and he teaches us a very simple way of cleaning these CDs. As first step A K takes good portion of common toothpaste on surface of CD and spreads it all over with rubbing it with circular movement of his finger. Once the entire surface is covered then he allows the CD to dry for five minutes. In next step he washes of the...

How To: Maximize multichannel audio in your home theater

Systm is the Do It Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. We will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. Search Systm on WonderHowTo for more DIY episodes from this Revision3 show.

How To: Get the scratches off your CDs the easy way

This video shows you how to clean a CD or DVD easily.First of all, you need toothpaste. Apply a thin layer of paste to the whole surface of the disk and spread it evenly. Let it dry for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes have past, clean the whole disk at a sink, and make sure you get all the paste off. Wipe off the disk with a towel, but be careful not to make any scratches while doing so. You could try wiping from the middle of the disk to the exterior. The disk must be dry before using i...

How To: Convert cassette tapes to CDs with Audacity

Dave Andrews gives a simple overview of how to take a cassette tape and convert it to a CD using Audacity. First you will need a cassette tape player, like a boom box, with a microphone jack. Then you'll want to download the free program called Audacity. To begin recording music from the cassette tape simply press the record button on the audacity application while you press the play button on the boom box. You'll want to make sure the audio cable is connected from the boom box to the PC. Fin...

How To: Solder your own headphone amp

Systm is the Do It Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. We will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. Search Systm on WonderHowTo for more DIY episodes from this Revision3 show.

How To: Turn a mint tin into a mini speaker

Entertain your friends by turning your traditional personal headphones into a mini loud speaker with just an old mint tin and a playing card. This might not be the most advanced or prettiest way of listening to music but sure is a fun way to kill some time.

How To: Deep clean your vinyl LP records with steam

This video shows a method of cleaning LP records using steam. He uses a Perfection steamer and a record cleaning machine with vacuums, along with a set of brushes, Disc Doctor cleaner, and laboratory grade water. He uses distilled water in the steamer. He turns the turntable on, applies the cleaner, spreads it with a brush, and applies the steam while the record turns. After the steaming is done, he continues rubbing it with the brush, and turns on a vacuum. Next he runs the steamer of the re...

How To: Clean vinyl LP records with Titebond II wood glue

This video shows how to clean old records using Titebond II wood glue. He has the record turning slowly on the turntable, and while it's turning, slowly squeezes a line of glue around and around onto the surface of the record, starting from the middle. He explains that it takes between four and twelve hours for the glue to dry completely. After the glue is applied to the entire record, he takes an old credit card and spreads the glue evenly onto the record, all the way out to the edge. When t...

How To: Convert cassettes to CD

Cassettes take up quite a bit of space, and can sometimes start showing wear, which can affect the sound. This video shows you how to take this information from your cassettes, and move them on to a CD. Detailed instructions, and photos in this video, will have you transferring analog information into a digital format within just minutes. This allows you to be able to use the audio recording on your computer, as well as being able to listen to it in a regular CD player.

How To: Set up your own Mythbox

Luckily, a Mythbox won't get you into nearly as much trouble as Pandora's Box if opened and used. That's because Mythbox is an open source software that allows you to run Myth TV, which is a free way to turn your TV into a PC. You get a much larger interface as well as cool options like a video recorder and network streaming.

How To: Mute the vuvuzela sound on your TV with an equalizer

There will never be as many ways to quiet the vuvuzela sounds that buzz out of your TV constantly while you watch this World Cup as there are people bothered by the noise, but there are still quite a few. This video will show you how to use a hardware equalizer to cut out certain frequency ranges, largely muting the sound of the reviled horns. If you have a hardware EQ or are willing to buy one just for this, try it!

How To: Clean your CDs or DVDs with a banana

This video answers the question "does cleaning your CDs or DVDs with a banana work?". First, take a freshly cut piece of banana and rub it in circles on the disk gently. Rub it well for about two minutes. Then, take the peel and rub the inside of the banana peel in circles on the disk for about three minutes. The peel apparently provides some wax for the cleaning process of the disk. Next, take a cotton cloth and wipe it around the disk for as long as it takes to clean up the banana from the ...

How To: Keep your vinyl LPs in perfect condition

Do you have an old collection of vinyl records but can't keep them in good condition? First, take an empty syringe and fill it with clean water. Add the water from the syringe as the record plays. The water will spread throughout the record and increase the sound quality. The stylus also has to be properly cleaned. This will help you clean your old and dusty records, as well as help with recording music on your CDs.

How To: Build a digital wall harp

This tutorial video will teach you to make your very own wall harp. The techno-gurus of tech makeover show My Home 2.0 made this digital wall harp using a MidiTron and infrared sensors that track your hand movements. To see complete instructions, more great DIY projects, and their latest state-of-the-art home makeovers, visit:

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