Hot Electronics How-Tos

How To: Put music on an iPod shuffle using iTunes music

In this tutorial, we learn how to put music on an iPod shuffle using iTunes music. First, open up iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPod to your computer via the USB cable. From here, you will see the summary information about your iPod and other tabs at the top of the screen. From here, you will be able to manage your music that you already have on your computer. You can now select the music that you want to transfer, then drag it over to your iPod. After this loads, you will be ...

How To: Start using Sony's new Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV

Google TV is a revolutionary new way to enjoy your two favorite things in life— Internet and TV. And Sony just happens to be the first company to design television products powered by Google, like their Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player (Model NSZ-GT1). If you're thinking of getting one, this video provides a hands on, showing you how to use the new Sony Internet TV, paired with practically any television.

How To: Boost volume on your iPhone/iPod

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to boost the volume on an iPod Touch or iPhone. Begin by opening the iTunes program and select all the songs in your library. To select all the songs, simply press the Control and A keys. Then right-click and select Get Info. When a window pops up, click on Yes. Now click on the Options tab and set the Volume Adjustment to 100%. Finish by click OK. This video will benefit those viewers who have an iPod device, and would like to learn how to boost the ...

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: 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: Reset your 2nd gen iPod Nano

This is an Electronics video tutorial where you will learn how to reset your 2nd gen iPod Nano. The video plays a song for more than half the duration of the video clip. Then the presenter of the video clicks through the song and the iPod Nano breaks down. To reset it is a very simple and easy process. All that you got to do is to press set on the lower bottom of the control ring. Then wait for a little while and allow the iPod to reset. When it comes back on, select your song and play. You c...

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: 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...

How To: Restore an iPhone or iPod Touch to factory settings

This video demonstrates the steps to restore your iPhone or iPod Touch to original factory settings. This is a way to undo or repair any damage to your phone caused by downloading unauthorized files or corrupt files. Be aware that this will delete all the files that are on your device including music, pictures, videos and contacts, so use this method when all others fail. First connect the device to a computer via USB and select the device in iTunes as shown. Go to the device's information pa...

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: Take apart a 3rd generation Apple iPod generation Nano

This how-to video serves as a disassembly guide for MAC's 3rd generation iPod Nano, breaking it down into the pieces: display, battery, logic board, housing, cables, etc. If you're determined to do your own iPod repairs, installations, or modifications, at least follow some advice on you to open up the Nano without causing damage. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver, a black stick, a plastic pick, and a chisel tip screwdriver. Watch this video iPod tutorial and learn how to take apart a...

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: Solve the blinking "FEE" error message on a Nikon DSLR

In this video, it is demonstrated how to get rid of a "FEE" error message on a Nikon DSLR camera. The solution is fairly simple and quick to do. First you will want to turn your camera on to where you see the "FEE" error message on the LCD screen. Next, you will set the camera's aperture ring to the highest number available. After this, the last step is to lock the aperture ring by using the switch. After doing this step, your camera should return back to normal working order and the "FEE" er...

How To: Use the Mirror Lock Up on the Canon 40D

In this video we learn how to use the Mirror Lock Up on the Canon 40D. First, press the shutter and lock up the mirror. Second, press down on the exposure. Do this with a remote if you have one or use the timer mode. To do this, turn it out of focus then turn it on two or ten second focus. Then your single press will open it up and then take the exposure so you don't have to press it twice. This should make your exposure turn out correctly, use this whenever you would like and enjoy taking pi...

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: Set up a mini hidden camera easily

This video shows you how to set up and hide mini wireless spy camera. Where you put it is up to you. Who you spy on is up to you. If you're wanting to keep an extra set of eyes on someone, watch and learn. Whether it's your bathroom or kitchen, put your eyes on the prize.

How To: Use Quick Connect Wireless with Epson projectors

In this tutorial, we learn how to use Quick Connect Wireless with Epson Projectors. First, make sure you have one cable connected to the projector and one cable connected to the computer with a USB streamline. This makes it much easier and more efficient to plug in your projector. As soon as you plug this in, you will see a message appear on your notebook, then the screen will star to appear on the projector as it does on the notebook. It will take a few seconds, depending on the monitor and ...

How To: Open up an Apple iPod Classic MP3 player

Accidents will happen. This brief how-to will guide you through the process of disassembling an iPod Classic quickly and efficiently without damaging any of the components, the first necessary step of any successful repair or restoration. This tutorial will also be of use to those who wish to learn more about the guts of their iPods without actually disassembling their units.

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: Email pictures and videos on a Kodak EasyShare camera

This interactive Kodak EasyShare camera tutorial takes you through every step necessary to email pictures and videos. If you have a Kodak EasyShare digital camera, you're going to need to know how to do this important step in maintaining and using your camera. Let Kodak teach you how. It's easy to send those videos and photos to your loved ones from your camera connected to your computer, and is basically the same on all Kodak EasyShare digital cameras. Email pictures and videos on a Kodak Ea...

How To: Transform Multiple Screens into One Big Virtual Display

The Junkyard Jumbotron is an amazing project that allows a collection of random web browser enabled displays—laptops, smartphones or tablets—to share a single image split across the group, creating one large virtual display. Created by Rick Borovoy at MIT's Center for Future Civic Media, the app is completely free and open, meaning you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes. It works like this:

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.