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How To: Fix an iPod with a "sad face" warning

In this video, harrymedan offers a do-it-yourself remedy to fix an iPod that has the "sad face" warning screen on it. As you follow along, he explains all the tools and supplies you will need to get started on this project. He demonstrates how to force the iPod into disk mode, leading you through, step by step. Once you achieve this he tells you how to connect the iPod to your computer and "Restore" the iPod back to factory settings, which usually fixes the problem.

How To: Make your own solar panel

In this video, we learn how to make your own solar panel.The amorphous solar glass is the cheapest but it's also the least efficient. You can do anything you want with these and they are durable. The hexagon cells are the most efficient and most expensive as well. The poly crystalline is almost 2 watts a piece and can be purchase in lots of any size. You have to tab these cells together and they are extremely fragile. Be careful when you work with these. To make these, you will solder tabbing...

How To: Burn a video to DVD using DVD Flick and ImgBurn

In this Electronics video tutorial you will learn how to burn a video to DVD using DVD Flick and ImgBurn. Do a Google search for 'download DVD flick' and download the program from the first link in the search result and install it. Then go to Download and search for 'imgburn', download and install it. Now open up DVD Flick, click on 'add title' on the right side and drag and drop the video file you want to burn. Then you go to 'menu settings', select the menu you want and click 'accept'. Then...

How To: Use a Canon EOS 40D camera

This online manual shows you all of the ins and outs of the Canon EOS 40D digital SLR camera. The guide covers: handling the camera, shooting modes, ISO speed, AF modes, Drive modes, image quality, highlight tone priority, picture styles, white balance, and live view mode

How To: Clean the camera contacts on a DSLR

When the camera has trouble auto focusing the first step to take is to clean the contacts on the lens. If it continues then the contacts on the camera may need cleaning. When you clean the contacts in the camera you have to be extremely careful because they are inside the shutter chamber and there are a lot of small parts that can be easily broken in there. Face the camera down at all times during the cleaning procedure. Take the battery out of the camera and remove the lens. Put the rear cap...

How To: Operate a Nikon D700 camera to its maximum potential

Nikon's D700 digital camera provides FX-format performance combined with superior mobility and functional versatility. Check out this extremely helpful Flash video tutorial on how to operate your Nikon D700 digital camera to its maximum potential. You will learn all about taking photo portraits, moving subjects, small subjects, landscapes, taking photographs under low light, flash photography, and using the picture controls. Also, learn about the ISO sensitivity, continous release modes, the ...

How To: Program a Comcast remote to a TV

Programming a remote can be confusing, especially if the manual is not clear. In this tutorial, save an hour of frustration and learn how to program a Comcast remote in less than 3 minutes. By programming your remote control you will be able to sit back and relax while clicking away at your TV, DVR, cable box, VCR, DVD player and anything else you can program into it.

How To: Fix an iPod that shifts from logo to battery warning

This video shows how to fix an iPod which is stuck in a loop between battery warning to the apple logo. You will learn how to fix your iPod by watching this video. The procedure used in this video is to sync the iPod to the computer. Lock the iPod in disconnect mode so you can let it charge. You then wait for it to charge. You then tell I-tunes to restore the iPod to factory settings. If these steps don't work you need to replace the battery.

How To: Program an RCA universal remote

If you just bought a new RCA universal remote and want to program it then this is for you. The first thing you have to do is hold down the TV button and tap and hold the on/off button until the TV button lights. Now you have to keep pushing the play button so your remote can send codes to your TV/ device. You may have to do this several times. Next you push rewind until your TV turns off. The last thing you have to do is press the stop button to make the remote accept the code. Now you remote...

How To: Fix an iPod with corrupted files on a Windows PC

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to fix an iPod with corrupted files on a Windows PC. To fix the corrupted files on an iPod, users will be resetting their iPod. Begin by holding the center and Menu button for about 10 seconds until the screen on the iPod turns black. Then immediately hold the center and Play/Pause button until a check mark appears on the screen. To prevent an iPod from getting corrupted files, do not disconnect an iPod when it is connected to the computer. This video...

How To: Download music using Safari on your iPhone or iPod

The viewer learns how to download music on their iPhone or iPod using Safari. The video starts with the instructor talking about what it was that made him decide to use Safari to download music. The speaker uses a lot of profanity in his intro and the instructional part of the video does not start until 3 min into the video. The video/audio quality is poor at times. The instructor will show you in a step by step manner. If the viewer follows the instructions (and ignores the extra blah blah b...

How To: Restore iPod Touch from lockout

To restore an iPod Touch from lockout or forgetting a password, pull up iTunes on whatever computer you are using. Plug the USB cord into the iPod touch and plug the USB cord into the computer. The iPod will say "locked out" or "access pass code" and the computer will says that it needs to be synched up to the original program. Hold down the top button and home button at the same time. A message will pop up. Ignore it and let the iPod turn off. Take your finger off the top button and leave yo...

How To: Make a laser out of a lighter

Kipkay has a new cool project for you. In this video, you'll learn how to make a laser out of a lighter. All you need to do is a cheap butane lighter. Any one will do, including one bought from a convenience store. Just watch this how-to video, and you'll be playing with your laser pointer in no time at all!

How To: Set up the D80 pop-up flash as commander for Nikon CLS

These are the steps required to set your D80's pop-up flash. First, go to the "Custom Shooting Menu." Then you choose #22 on the screen: "Built in Flash." Choose the "Commander Mode" option. The modes that are available for the pop-up flash include TTL, AA (Auto Aperture) M (Manual) and Off (no flash). If you are using an external flash unit, you use either group A or B. The light frequencies and proper settings are related to how much light compensation is needed. +3. 0 is high power, 1. 1 i...

How To: Understand the difference between a F1.8 & F5.6 lens

What is the difference between a F1.8 lens and a F5.6 lens? It's really very simple! F8.1 has a much larger lens, and therefore it allows more light to pass through. There are several benefits in having a larger lens. Number one: The quality of the background is improved. Number two: Your focus speed is faster. Number three: Low light ability is better. F1.8 lens are a professional level. F5.6 lens are the commercial kind. For a higher quality photo, you might consider using a larger size lens.

How To: Make a TV remote jammer

Televisions are an amazing innovation that allow for endless hours of entertainment and information dissemination, but sometimes you just want them off! Make a TV remote jammer as a joke, to get a few hours of quite or just for fun.

How To: Reset and restore an iPod Nano to factory settings

This video tutorial shows you how to reset your iPod to the factory default. This is something most iPod users could find useful. Sometimes when playing files through your iPod it will begin to skip, not work properly, or it will even have a corrupt file. This being said a reset of your iPod will bring it back to square one and get rid of these problems. Using these few steps shown in the video will reset your files and most likely, fix your problems. With this being said, its wise to make su...