Category: Hardware

Various posts related to hardware

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Posted in Hardware How To Windows

Fixing MacBook Pro BootCamp Black Screen of Death

So one day I’ve power on Windows on a BootCamp-enabled Windows 7 MBP Retina and after booting and making bunch of happy sounds the display went blank. No matter how many times I rebooted it the display kept looking dead. The computer was obviously running. It’s easy to check by…

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Posted in Featured on Home Page Hardware How To Other

How to silence a piezo buzzer in your microwave, alarm clock etc

Almost every time I buy a piece of electronics with some sort of alarm it always includes a super loud and mega annoying buzzer notifying about the end of cycle. Though tuning it off completely is an easy operation (just open the case and cut the wire) making it just…

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Posted in Hardware How To

FPV Japan / BEVRC Cable pinout

If you don’t hear about it FPV Japan is a small device that records standard definition video from analog sources. This is an indispensable device for FPV RC pilots and the ones who want to digitize old analog video tapes. I fall into both categories, but unfortunately the video cable…

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Posted in Hardware Robotics

How to find out the SRAM consumption of an Arduino sketch

Build the sketch Find /tmp/build*.tmp folder. There should be one, if you see multiple then rm -rf /tmp/build*.tmp and rebuild the sketch. Only one build folder should be in the /tmp (for simplicity run avr-size /tmp/build*.tmp/[sketch_name].elf sum of data and bss values if the number you’re looking for

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Posted in Hardware How To Other

Controlling RGB LED using PICAXE-08: Basics of software PWM

I’m working on a new RTFMs episode that involves packing an RGB LED and a microcontroller into a very tight space. The microcontroller I decided to use is PICAXE-08. I chose it for three reasons: – I had one in the box – I had no other plans for it…

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Posted in Hardware Robotics

Reading ATtiny85/45/25 Internal Temperature Sensor

I am working on one of my projects from RTFMs video blog (check out http://rtfms.com) that requires temperature sensing in a very small packaging. Naturally my choice is ATtiny85 – an awesome little chip from AVR that besides other goods (like 6ch PWM, serial interface etc) has internal temperature sensor….

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Posted in Hardware Other

Choosing best high-end HT (amateur radio handheld transceiver)

Here is some information for those looking for a high-end HT. My requirements are: At least dual-band (tri,quad-band is a plus), including 144 and 440 bands at minimum Good wideband receiver All-mode receiver Convenient control Weather proof Ruggedly built Having a lot of features, leaving a lot of space for…

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Posted in Hardware Linux

Fixing Wireshark’s “TCP checksum offload” error in linux

On some linux machines when you run wireshark you may notice that a lot of packets are marked as invalid (highlighted as black). The contents looks perfectly correct, but for some reason checksum is brkoen and wireshark suggestes that the reason for such unpleasant event is “TCP checksum offload”. Let’s…

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Posted in Hardware Linux Robotics Software

Fix: Error: register r24, r26, r28 or r30 required

I was recently compiling some Arduino code with NewSoftSerial and got hit by infamous “Error: register r24, r26, r28 or r30 required” error. NewSoftSerial is a great library and those using older avr-gcc compiler enjoy it alot. Problem is the newer gcc doesn’t like one nasty error in the code…

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Posted in Hardware

The most hacked router in the world ever. First DIYs.

I started posting instruction on how TMHRITWE was built. The first three parts are overclocking, serial interfaces and “POE”. I especially recommend reading the “POE” part as all “POE” hacks I saw before contain one mistake potentially fatal for your router.

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Posted in Hardware

“When I make a call on iPhone the screen goes black and never/randomly goes normal again”. Solution.

iPhone with all its user interface bells and whistles, great functionality and stylish design is a great device, I have very little doubt about that. Unfortunately for a few days I was experiencing a problem with it that made me think being the best organizer ever it is one of…

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