Hot Electronics How-Tos

How To: Use media functions on a TomTom Go 930 Traffic device

Driving around and notice an accident the road keeping you from getting where you need to go? Well, you're in need of a GPS navigation system. Check out this video tutorial on how to Use media functions on a TomTom Go 930 Traffic navigator device. You'll see how to use the GPS system in details and see all of the key features of the Go 930 TomTom, like playing music, listening to audiobooks, and watching videos.

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: Graph Mario on a TI-83 Calculator

When it comes to graphing and comparing functions, the TI-83 graphing calculator is the end-all device for math and science students. But one of the most entertaining aspects of Texas Instruments' powerful algebraic and trigonometric calculator is not the equations themselves, but rather the art that can be "equated" on them—just think of them as the mathematical equivalent of the Etch A Sketch.

How To: Hack a 5.5g iPod's firmware with Alterpod

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to hack into your iPod's firmware on a Mac. In order to hack into the 5.5g iPod's firmware, you need to download the Alterpod, a firmware editing software. With this program, you'll be able to download themes onto your iPod. Keep in mind that this hack is for the 5.5 generation iPod and does not work for the 6th generation or the older ones before 5.5. When downloading themes, make sure to download the correct version.

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: Operate the Nikon D90 Digital Camera

Watch this instructional video brought to you by Richard Berry to learn how to operate the Nikon D90. This Nikon D90 video tutorial demonstrates how to use the control dial (auto mode, scene modes, program [P], shutter priority [S], aperture priority [A], and manual [M]); read the display and viewfinder; adjust the aperture, shutter speed, focus, spot meter, matrix, exposure compensation, etc.; use the back command dial; and more. Use this Nikon D90 tutorial to familiarize yourself with your ...

How To: Make your own projection silk fabric screen

This is for all of you Go-Go Gadget MacGyver's out there. A step-step video example of how to build a projector screen from scratch. So, if you're tired of playing movies from your digital projector onto a bare wall, listen up, because you can make your very own DIY screen. It's a fun process, so make sure you do it right, so you're digital projector sines bright.

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: Restart a frozen iPod Nano (5th Gen) with the Menu & Center buttons

One problem that happens quite frequently with most Apple iPod products is freezing. Nobody likes a frozen screen, because you can't do anything! Well, if you have an iPod Nano (5th Generation), then this video will show you how to reset and restart it 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: Restart a frozen iPod Touch with the Home & Sleep/Wake buttons

Have you noticed some issues with your Apple iPod Touch, like performance issues (speed) or errors (frozen screens)? The first thing you always want to try to resolve these types of issues (especially freezing) is a simple little reset feature on the iPod Touch, available by pressing and holding the Home and Sleep/Wake 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: Fix a frozen iPod Classic or Nano

This video describes the procedure of how to unfreeze, or reboot, an iPod Nano or classic. When an iPod of the Nano or classic design is frozen (not in temperature), and has a stuck screen, the procedure of how to unfreeze the iPod Nano or classic requires the user to press down the middle button of the iPod interface, and the menu button of the iPod. Keep the buttons depressed for the duration of approximately eight seconds until the frozen screen goes away, and is replaced with the Apple lo...

How To: Download music to a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch

TysiPhonehelp will show you how you can download music directly to an iPhone or iPod Touch for free. He states that he will be showing an example on how to do this using MewSeek Pro. Next he will walk you through the steps it takes in order to make this successful. Last he proves that this actually does work by playing downloaded music. If you follow the steps in this video, you should also be able to download music to an iPhone or iPod Touch.

How To: Connect your personal computer to your digital TV

Have you ever wanted to watch content from your PC on your digital TV? This step-by-step guide makes it simple to understand and do. The video tells you exactly what you need in order to make this happen. You will need either a VGA connector cable or an HDMI cable, (if your PC supports it) or possibly a MINI to RCA audio cable. The video shows you the rest of the way and how to configure your TV and PC.

How To: Read a binary clock with the BCD format

Check out how to read a binary clock in this how to video. You'll see how to read the BCD (binary-coded decimal) format like so many can't. Just watch this if you have trouble determining the hours, minutes, or seconds on your binary clock. You can read it in standard or military time if you'd like.

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: Use zoom and telephoto lenses on a Canon DSLR camera

Need a primer on how to use zoom lenses with your Canon DSLR camera (a 7D, 5D, or Rebel T2i, for example)? This brief video tutorial from the folks at Butterscotch will teach you everything you need to know. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started using zoom and telephoto lenses on your own Canon digital camera, take a look.

How To: Download songs and files from an iPod Touch/iPhone

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to transfer songs from an iPod device to a Windows or Mac computer. Begin by going to this link. Download Pod to Mac or Pod to PC, depending on your computer. Then install the program and open it. Plug your iPod device into your computer and select the song(s) that you would like to transfer. Users have the choice to transfer to the Desktop or directly into iTunes.