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How To: Fix a broken click wheel, select button on your iPod

In this tutorial video, hosted by harrymedan, you will learn how to fix a broken or nonfunctional select button on your iPod, as well as the common causes of the select button no longer working. According to the host this problem is usually caused by the battery in the iPod itself. He suggests opening up the back of the iPod and replacing the old battery, which is usually swollen from being charged so many times, and puts pressure on the select button causing it to become inoperable. If you a...

How To: Use "foofing" when shooting flash photography

This video is about the concept of "foofing" when shooting flash photography. For this, you need a camera with a flash that can be directionally adjusted. The process involves simply pointing the flash at either a wall or the ceiling, to avoid having the light from the flash strike the subject directly. This can create several different lighting and shadowing effects, giving photos a less "harsh" look, and also giving them a more "professional" look. The color of the wall or ceiling used will...

How To: Use a CRT oscilloscope

Wondering how to use an old-timey oscilloscope? Learn how with this video tutorial, which offers step-by-step instructions on setting up and adjusting an old cathode ray tube oscilloscope for the measurment of signals. For more information, or to get started using your own oscilloscope, take a look.

How To: Put music onto any iPod using the iTunes application

In this tutorial, we learn how to put music onto any iPod using the iTunes application. First, plug in your iPod to your computer via the USB cable. Then, open iTunes on your computer and find your music library. After this, you will find the songs that you want to put on your iPod and drag them to the file that has your iPod. If you want to transfer it all, just click the sync button on the bottom of the page. This will put everything you have downloaded to your iPod. When finished, you can ...

How To: Use Vibration Reduction or VR on a Nikon DSLR lens

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use Vibration Reduction (VR). Vibration Reduction is the name if an image stabilizer engine that helps estimating unwanted blurriness when using slow shutter speeds or panning shots. VR has two modes: Normal and Active. Normal mode is designed for hand holding or panning shots where it estimates camera shakes when holding at a slow shutter speed. Active mode is designed for using on rapid moving surfaces. This video is very descriptive and gives gr...

How To: Easily reset an iPod nano

Watch this step by step tutorial how to easily reset an iPod Nano. Toggle the hold switch a few times. Turn off hold switch. Hold down the Menu and Select buttons at the same time. Wait 8 to 10 seconds or until the Apple logo appears. Repeat steps 1-3 if necessary. This also works on all 4th and 5th Generation iPods, as well as others. The device should restart after about 6-10 seconds. Also works on the latest 4th generation iPod Nano.

How To: Reset a third generation iPod nano

Learn how to reset a third generation iPod Nano from this video in simple steps. First take your third generation iPod Nano and switch it on. Now press the hold switch at the bottom of the iPod. Now hold the menu button and middle button together for a few seconds. After a few seconds your iPod switches off and restarts again. Now your third generation iPod Nano is reset and ready to use.

How To: Open a 4th generation iPod

Having trouble opening the fourth generation iPod? Don't give up! Check out this instructional electronics video that illustrates the simple process of opening a 4th generation iPod. This video from ipodjuice.com demonstrates a technique that can be used to open even the most difficult 4th Generation iPod battery installation. Follow along and fix your iPod so you can listen to music again!

How To: Use a universal remote control

In this home entertainment video series, learn how to use a universal remote control. A universal remote is just what it sounds like: it’s a device that allows you to control several different home electronics appliances at once—like the stereo, DVD player, VCD, TV, satellite dish, etc. The complexity of the remote can vary, but in this day and age, it’s probably a good idea to have one. Our expert will walk you through some of the basic functions and buttons, including how to program the uni...

How To: Connect a laptop or PC to your TV with an RGB cable

In this Electronics video tutorial you will learn how to connect a laptop or PC to your TV with an RGB cable. Take your RGB cable and plug it in to the back of the TV as shown in the video. You can also do this with the HDMI cable. Now take other end of the RGB cable and plug it in to the laptop or PC. Then you right click on your desktop, go down to graphics options > output to > monitor. Now you have to change the input to your TV. This will depend on the make and model of your TV. Once tha...

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: 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: 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: Fix an iPod with a "folder & exclamation mark" warning

This video shows us how to fix an iPod that is displaying a folder icon and exclamation mark warning and does not function. The first thing you will need is obviously the iPod, typically the 1st Generation to 5th generation iPod. The second thing you will need is your sync cable, and also a wall charger. The first thing you have to do with the iPod is to reset the iPod by holding down the center button and at the same time hold down the menu button. After a few seconds without letting go the ...

How To: Remove the SIM card from an iPhone

Check out this instructional electronics video that illustrates the simple process of removing the SIM card from an iPhone. It doesn't take much to pull the SIM card out of an Apple iPhone - just a small paperclip will do the trick. Check out how it's done by a technician in this tutorial video.

How To: Restart a frozen iPod Classic or iPod Video with the Menu & Center buttons

If you still have one of the older iPods, like the iPod Classic or the iPod Video, then you might have some problems with them freezing up occasionally. If that does happen, this video will show you the quick steps to restarting your Apple iPod by pressing and holding the menu and center buttons. If you this doesn't work, you can try restoring the software via iTunes. If that doesn't fix the frozen iPod, then you'll need to contact Apple or a repair technician.

How To: Set image quality & resolution on a Panasonic G1/GH1

Learn how to tweak image quality and resolution settings when using a Panasonic G1 or GH1 digital camera. Learn how to set the auto mode on a Panasonic G1 or GH1 digital camera. Whether you're the proud owner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 or DMC-GH1 micro four thirds digital camera or perhaps just considering picking one up, you're sure to like this free video tutorial, which presents a complete overview of how to adjust image size settings when using a G1 or GH1 camera. For more information, i...

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: Select the AF points with the Canon 40D

Watching this video will teach you a couple different ways to use the auto-focus function on your Canon 40D camera. You can set the auto-focus to the same for every shot, or you to change it for every shot very easily. Whichever one you choose, this video makes it easy to understand.

How To: Hack an LCD screen & overhead into a digital projector

Digital projectors can be prohibitively expensive, particularly for those who stand to benefit the most from their use—that is, young people who prefer watch television and movies on their home computers. No longer. This hacker's how-to demonstrates how to make a simple digital video projector out of an old LCD flatscreen monitor and a slide, or overhead, projector. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on fabricating your own LCD/overhead digital projector on the cheap, take a look!