Saturday, 24 May 2003

Drummers Click Alternative

Drummers click alternative - @ 14:45:02
I've found a great solution to the annoying beep in your ear that keeps you in time.

A friend let me in on this one which I haven't tried yet but I'm sure that you will be interested Ramon.

Well you know the shock packs you buy for games which you strap to your back and it pumps a low level sound or something into your back. Well simply get one and plug it straight into your click track's headphones output and it'll pump the click into the pack. Neat hey!

You can buy them from JB Hi-Fi for about $20

And when your not using it on ur drums plug it into the tv out and feel the tremble of the movies you watch.

Music via JavaScript - (Reading the floppy drive from the browser ? :-)


Click on this link to take you to some weird javascript that uses your floppy
to make music, and yes I wrote it ;)

floppy music

(just couldn't resist could you.. :-)
and They said I'd grow up!

Wednesday, 21 May 2003

MOding the XBox with an OZXChip

Reason: to run linux..
details so far.

I mod'd the xbox.

The new BIOS screen loaded up straight away.. no issues. (so far)
(yet to boot linux or put in new harddrive)

A good note I read was, before you mod the xbox, burn a copy of
a music CD and see if you can use the standard Xbox music copy
thingo to 'rip' it to the harddrive, if you can then the CD
brand you used should be okay, some DVD drives don't like CD-R's

I used a cheapey CDR and it ripped okay.. I have heaps of CDRW's
which are said to have far less problems.

I put the BIOS disable/enable switch at the back
(drilled hole in plastic and metal sheeting)
I completely dismantled it to do this though.

There was a few tricks, in all.

1. the picture in 4b of instructions does not give a clear view
of which pin to solder the wire onto.

This piccy helped me
modchip pikky

2. my wire was a little taught for my liking if I went around the board
so I ran it through one of the spare holes in the LPC plug where the
modchip goes.

the wire can be soldered to the top or bottom,(i think)
but the bottom has a lot better access and less obstacles.

3 to remove the metal tray, you have to remove the front panel
after you have removed the motherboard, usb ports, powersupply.

the front panel is clipped on the sides and three clips along the front
inside (easy to see with everything removed)
I just gently prised one side clip and the closest front clip to that
side to pop it off.

4. The fan, unclips at the bottom, either side, and slides up and
unclips again at the bottom to come out.

the back of my xbox looks like

(x) (o)
[vga/soundport] [net]

(x) is the switch.. it's high and clear of the board inside and
plenty of room there, I think it's nicer
at the back.

(o) is a dummy hole (only in metal, not in plastic)
next to the installed toggle, i put 2nd hole in the metal
sheet, but not in the plastic, (in case i want to add that 2nd toggle
for BIOS protection or something other later).


Monday, 19 May 2003

Paper jams on HP LaserJet and Canon LBP Printers (a free fix)

Does you Laser printer take too many sheets ?

Does it Jam when it takes too many sheets ;)

This might be your answer, HP has it.

Found a fix for it (a bit left field).
Apparently there is a fault with some
HP lasejets and the fix is provided by HP
HP Support.

Read more from these URL's google

The fix is a tool they send out, for Free and you use this tool to fix the printer.

Basically, Our printer is a Canon LBP-660 and about a year a go it started taking
2 then 3 then more sheets of paper.

I scouted aroud for a DIY fix and found a reference somwehere for paper jams
and the HP laserjet. Knowing that some printer engines are the same (manufactured
by same company) I did some more googling and found that the canon printer I have
is similar to a HP one (just ngine wise, not firmware interface etc).

So, thought I'd give it a go, (it was free).

The parcel took about 2 months to arrive.. but, it worked.

The 'thing' that HP gives away is like a sticky label that is installed
into the printer using this tool they provide. (weird)

.. why post this now? Well 9 months has past and the printer is at it again
and luckily I have found the URL. so .. when I need to find it next time
I can just look on my website ;)

I can't remember which of the printer 'tool' version I ordered. Maybe it
was for the 6L that I used. The difference is in the shape of the tool
that they provide.

The tool is made of cardboard

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