Things you can make from old, dead laptops

פורסם בתאריך 28 ינו 2020
In this video I'll be showing you several different things you can make from old, dead laptops! Also, head to squarespace.com/diyperks to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using offer code PERKS
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  • The word DIY, Life Hack, and Reuse are thrown around these days on clickbaity videos. This.... This is THE video that defines the DIY spirit properly. Actual useful items that you would ACTUALLY need, made using recycled product. Bravo, sir.

    • WHAT!?! You made the coolest wall speaker! Holy shit!!!

    • Oh nice!’ I’m gonna watch, I’ve done some cool things out of my old laptops…even made a computer in my bathroom (the keyboard is in the wall, as well as screen (turns on from sleep-mode from motion detector at light switch).

    • Is fix my open level

    • I just would use my old pcs as burners or big hard drives

    • @Amirul Izzad!

  • This guy is basically how I imagined myself when I was a kid taking apart my broken electronics, except things actually work properly lmao.

    • I was fortunate in that regard

    • Oh, I destroyed so many clocks!

    • Then my brother slicing my knee open on a DVD player I was trying to get the laser diode out of 😂😂

    • Yeah I did the same

    • Same. And then I am asked when will I throw all this junk out. And my envisioned projects never happen and the pile just gathers dust. I now made myself sad.

  • I seriously, SERIOUSLY did not expect this level of quality content from this video. The examples shown are the true form of recycling! Especially loved the lamp!

    • Agreed, that lamp is cool.. As was all of it, but damn.. I'd love a lamp like that.

  • Fantastic DIY suggestions that you actually COULD do yourself! The one thing I'd like to see covered that wasn't, though, is how to repurpose an internal DVD/RW drive into a standalone one. This would be especially useful, since newer laptops no longer include optical drives, and those almost never went bad in old laptops. Please include this in one of your next videos!

    • While a nice suggestion, this isn't always something that can be successfully removed and put in some kind of external case.

  • I like how this channel actually is "DIY" stuff, not "DIY if you have $250k of sponsor-provided CNC machines"

    • Wait its diy i thought you just watch well turning your one off and on again hoping it will magically work.

    • @Chimera Photography no. That wasn't their point. If you devoid yourself of any more than a chisel and a drill, you'll be using your bare hands

    • @WHYZMAN Yeah i know now.

    • @Abyss Strider The original comment is also agreeing with you

    • @WHYZMAN Oh. I thought he said that he was agreeing with the commenter and not the poster.

  • 10:30 For hard drives, even though it may be small in capacity, I use it for backups. As a developer my source code files are pretty small so space is not a concern. Availability is the main concern.

    • Same, I have a, 500 GB hard disks from my last laptop I use for backup of important data,

    • Fr. Really small Drives in EDC saves soo much time

  • Be careful when re-using laptop battery cells. It's extremely important to check the internal resistance, self-discharge rate, remaining capacity, and whether or not they heat up when charging. I re-purpose li-ion cells from old laptop batteries all the time, and have tested probably 250+ cells at this point. The last thing you should do is just stick it in a charger if the voltage is still "good" without properly testing the cell first for safety. I had a few Sanyo cells the other day, took them out of the pack, checked the voltage. 3.86V. I though "Great! These are still good!", that is, until I ran them through a Liitokala Engineer lii-500 to check their remaining capacity...During the initial charge cycle the temperature SHOT up at ~4V. They must have been 75 degrees C or more, I could barely handle them. So please, if you're reading this, be careful. While the majority of old cells MAY be safe, it's imperative to check them first before re-use. Imagine you gave a power bank to your little brother/sister or cousin and later found out they were burned or worse? Take the precaution of checking them properly, it's so important guys.

    • @Traps Aren’t Gay Can confirm. Since this post, I have learned a lot about how garbage Sanyo Cells are.

    • The problem is you used a Sanyo cell

    • Agreed

    • @Caelum Forder Circuits that require 3 x AAA or 3 x AA batteries work well with an 18650's discharge voltage curve. Just don't forget to add a protection circuit!

    • @Caelum Forder I repurposed a few string lights and an IR controlled circuit to have a small off-grid mood lighting setup in my living room. They're still working to this day!

  • I simply can't put into words how incredibly amazing this channel is.

  • I disassembled like 20 old laptops in my early teens out of pure boredom and destructivity. Ended up using the magnets from disk drives as fridge magnets.

    • And then, trying to take them away, you accidentally take the fridge door with it😂

  • I've a ton of old laptops kicking about, some I've fully refurbished, some I'd parked to strip for parts for to upgrade the refurb's. I'd *suspected* that it might be possible to drive all these spare LCDs panels and I can confirm I've now got one working with an inexpensive LDVS controller board, thanks to this video :)

  • Hey Matt, given the experience that you've gained by using old laptops in variety of your projects, and also using brass as a material of preference when it comes to shaping enclosures, is it possible that an old laptop, with only broken enclosure, can have a new DIY body? Idea for some of your upcoming videos, I hope. ;)

  • I have boxes of harvested parts that I knew I would need one day. Because of this vid I took the course cooling unit and used it for my lighting for my scope. Those led heat up real quick. Now I don't have to worry bout summer temps. This channel rocks

  • Two more interesting things: If it has a Windows product key sticker, you can apply the code to a new install on a new machine (not sure why you would need an older Windows version, but meh). After you install Windows it will want to register with Microsoft to see if the key is valid. If it doesn't validate, try to validate again but instead of validating over the internet choose to phone Microsoft. After you answer all of the questions the automated system asks you, it should finish by asking you if this version of Windows is installed on one machine (it is) or if you've changed any hardware (you have). After selecting yes it will then go on to have you type in a special code onto the machine and you'll be verified and registered correctly. What happened is Microsoft originally had that product key registered to a different machine. Since that machine "blew up" and you installed it on another machine Microsoft thinks you've tried to install it twice and doesn't know the old machine has been destroyed. After you use the phone in option and told the automated system you've changed hardware, Microsoft will transfer the product key from the old system to the new one. This is not illegal and is a legitimate way to re-install Windows, migrate to a new machine, or let's you re-register after a major system upgrade. You can download a valid ISO of Windows 10 and 11 from Microsoft. When you install the new Windows it will ask for a product key. You can use the product key sticker number from Vista, Windows 8 or 8.1 for Windows 10 or 11 without an issue. This isn't a pirate or hack because Microsoft is fine with you upgrading from their older OS to the latest one. You can either burn a CD with the ISO or used a program I like to use called "Rufus" (Google it) to make a bootable USB thumb drive installer.

  • This is so brilliant! I was looking for how put my old laptop's drive into my PC and was going to sell the rest for parts, but now I know there's so much more I can do with it! Thank you so much, you're awesome!

  • The reflective disc is perfect to add to an emergency outdoor kit. With the hole in the center, sighting and signaling at distance including low altitude aircraft can be a life saver. Morse code not necessary if you are actively missing.

  • You should do something like this but for older/broken smartphones, they can have a lot of interesting uses.

    • Turn them into emulator consoles

    • nice idea

    • @Monkey Man It only works for 4S and up sadly. I have an old 4 as well, but can't use it.

    • Like an old iPhone 4?

  • I seriously, SERIOUSLY did not expect this level of quality content from this video. The examples shown are the true form of recycling! Especially loved the lamp!

  • LOVED this video, thanks for creating it. I have a large stack of old, but functioning laptops, PCs, and even an iMac that are destined for the e-cycle rubbish heap. Now I am inspired to make some cool things from these items.

  • The hero ILaward makers needed, but didn’t deserve. An inspiration as always!

  • This was SUCH an awesome video! Thank you! I do love that desk lamp! I’m not sure about the batteries as once you said to be sure you start from the right end & do them in the right order, I realised I didn’t know what end is the right end. LOL. My husband will hate you because I’m already a repurposer. ;-)

  • I am genuinely impressed by the microphone.

    • @micklefpv I know I'm late, but it's probably that the Macbook had a low-impedance input. If the "bad earphones" were built on the Piezo effect, they could be very high-impedance, taking very little power to make them work. (Crystal radios rely on that.) The Macbook might actually require more power. However, I'm only covering the audio side of this, I don't know exacly how computers recognize what's plugged into their audio ports.

    • @Age of Reason 🤣🤣🤣 Surely you jest. Electrical tape is a stopgap measure, best used when you don't have shrink tube. It IS good for wrapping around an outlet before you stuff it into an electrical box. If you think otherwise, good for you. I've seen too much poor workmanship with gobs of electrical tape all over that just left tape residue over everything, but was normally covering a faulty connection.

    • @Jackalski57 no it doesn't GTFO

    • @E One how was the end result? I'm trying to make the mic too but it sounds quite bad.

    • @QuackAtIt Can somebody tell me why my Macbook doesn't recognizes it as a mic? I soldered the out+ to the fourth ring(sleeve) and the out- to the third ring of a 3.5mm plug. With bad earphones soldered to the out pins I can hear the signal.

  • Awesome video. I love the desk lamp! As far as using an old laptop for older programs/games, although that is a viable option, you could always use a virtual PC instead.

  • For the laser idea, I thought he was going to use it to transmit sound via light. At the receiving end he could put a photodiode to recover the signal and turn it back into an electrical signal, then audio again. You can send your music to a remote location, so long as it's within line of sight.

  • The best thing I have ever done with an older laptop is replace the HDD with an SSD. Easy to do and speeds the computer up a huge amount.

    • @Mell Thinkpads and please don't use win10 use a linux distro ;) You will thank me for the rest of your life

    • @Shine On like what ?

  • After disassembling a large samsung smart tv, I found the speakers to be quite impressive given their size. Rated at 6 ohms, they ended up being the perfect solution for speakers in my 1967 Dodge d200 sweptline pickup truck as it originally only had an optional AM radio with one Central speaker an option mine did not include. On the forum for these trucks, the general consensus was that there was not a real feasible way to install speakers without cutting the inner kick panels, something I was not willing to do. But now, with the original gas tank which was mounted inside the cab behind the seat acting as a subwoofer of sorts, a 10-in thiel woofer that I found, along with the television speakers velcroed discreetly beneath the dash on the upper kick panel virtually out of sight, I'd say it sounds pretty impressive. And, when outdoor listening is called for, the pair of bose 151 environmental speakers that I picked up for 10 bucks in a yard sale and mounted on a retractable Pole makes for a pretty nice Mobile audio unit. Oh and I have my CB radio wired into the outdoors as well, so rather than honking at people when they fail to go at green lights I can politely request that they kindly get moving! If there's one thing I like about South Florida, it's a paradox really because I Really frowned upon people being so wasteful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that bulk trash pickup day isn't my weekly Christmas! Not to mention revenue from online resale.

  • 1:10 - Speakers: attaching bluetooth amp and USB cable to them 2:30 - Cooling System: used to cool high power L.E.D. lights 3:40 - Screen: using the diffusion sheet behind the screen to make diffused lights for art and tracing pictures 4:40 - More Screen: making cool/weird shit with the diffusion sheets + L.E.D. lights 5:35 - Using acrylic panel behind screen and cutting out shapes 6:55 - If screen ISN'T smashed, use it as an additional monitor or smart mirror 7:28 - Microphone - use as a lav mic or attach to your headset for gaming 10:09 - If HDD works, put it in an enclosure. If broken, use it for sanding tools or making wind chimes 11:39 - Using HDD head array and laser pointer to make a VU meter 12:53 - Battery: using the battery cells to charge USB devices 16:20 - Webcam: making a home security system (also covered in another video on his channel) 17:20 - The Laptop itself - if the OS still works, use it for retro software/hardware 18:04 - just give it to someone else lol

    • @iShafraz.Original kodi and programs like that. Also Linux can be used

    • Warning word:cooling sytem

    • @iShafraz.Original Pc for only browsing the web,and listening to music and watching videos. (i mean you could use your phone)

    • On "Giving it to someone else". I wish he had recommended putting Linux on it first. Linux is the perfect operating system for old hardware, for minimal use. If grandma just wants to check facebook and email, and maybe play some music, put on Ubuntu LXDE and she is good to go. She will never be bothered by updates, or have to read antivirus messages. It just works, forever.

    • @Diy perks this needs to be pinned

  • I had ideas for some of the projects in this video and you show how you go about it which is a massive shortcut for me! You also list stuff I have not thought of before! I am excited to try some of these out.

  • Exactly what I was looking for and more. Please do more, your ideas for uses are so creative. Thanks

  • Soft, even light is generally quite expensive yet necessary in the photography industry. Using old computer screens is brilliant for this!

  • Now this is how you make people intrested in both learning and building! I’m almost 40 and this channel has rekinled my love of building and fixing. Also, I need to learn more about electricity and wiring on projects like these.

  • I've been looking for a video like this for a while and always came up short. Most of them were fake DIY's meant to be funny. So I was really happy to find this vid. I can't wait to try the speaker project and the lamp cylinder with diffused lighting. The fake window looked pretty cool as well.

  • On the last tip (if it for some reasons hasn't been suggested yet) one should add to consider installing a Ubuntu (or derivative) OS, if considering gifting it away as an email reader/browser/writing computer for someone Some of the distros can make even a dreadfully slow old computer quite usable for simple things like that. Also, I wish there be DYI videos on learning DYI wood-crafting at home on the budget to make these casings and bodies for the DYI projects. I have done a lot of wood-crafts when I was younger, but I had professional level equipment, facilities and materials. I wouldn't know where to start trying to do some of that stuff at home on the budget and safely

    • Agreed. Tiny distros like Puppy can make even the least powerful old computer useful.

  • This is the first time I see a video like this that have actually really good ideas how to reuse old devices. Even with the working laptops you didn’t enter in a sophisticated Linux world or anything too difficult for anyone. Also, the battery, microphone and webcam things made me repent for all those old laptops and batteries thrown away in the past…

  • Do you think the the HDD read head +laser Idea could be turned into a full audio visualizer with multiple HDD's? As in would it be possible for separate readers to represent different audio part like in audio visualizers like in old school winamp or on stereos? This would make any audiocalls much more menacing as a wall would be turned into an audio display.

  • Your enthusiasm is infectious. Since I started watching you, I've finished a whole bunch of half-done projects.

    • Same here!

    • Same I've taken the back light out of a tv and did the webcam thing and I haven't finished them

    • @Bear its not shroom shroom its troom troom hahah

    • This is why he has over 2 million subscribers, it's all people who are enthusiastic about the real DIY hobby, not the fakes like 5 minute crafts, or shroom shroom

    • Can you make a good car stereo out of found parts from old DVD, TV, computer parts, speakers, etc.

  • I have about 20 dead laptops ... wow glad I saw this video as I'm into electronics and understood everything. can't believe there were almost 6k dislikes? probably from people that don't understand electronics? I loved the home video surveillance part. Good idea. Cheers and thanks for all the useful ideas. :) Liked and subscribed.

  • The pieces you made from those laptops were pure artistry sir.

  • He isn't built differently, he is constructed dissimilarly.

    • He's built with aluminium

    • @Joe Kerrthanks

    • Wrong use of the word dissimilar. Good job using the thesaurus though

    • He's part computer

  • Thank you for the great video! My friend and I are attempting to make the fan cooled LED lamp from the video but we are strugling with some of the wiring details. Is there any chance you would be able to give us more information?

  • This man's house must be quite interesting.

    • I assume visiting his house would feel like travelling to the future with lots of stuff I have never seen in my life. "So.. what's that weird box on the bedroom wall?" "Oh it's just a room heater hairdryer super pc."

    • I have a friend that has a house full of old electronics and has no clue what to do with most of them. This will blow his mind and with my carpenter skills i hope we build some knarly shit!

    • @il P no he's saying what kinds of things this guy has in his house that he made apart from the dead laptop things

    • @Kaung Sett Wine Still waiting the dyi for HAL 9000.

    • He even has a breathing computer right now lol.

  • Thank you for the fascinating, informative and non-histrionic (i.e. overly dramatic or emotional) presentation. I'm planning to start a model railway project shortly, and seeing the old dusty laptop in the cupboard through new eyes. Hmmm. Brilliant.

  • Hey Matt.! Been a long time viewer of your channel. I recently decided to build a microphone for myself and wanted to know what was the voltage variant of the preamp that you used in the build - the 6v or 12v, since the link isn't working anymore, although that could be subjective because eBay doesn't work where I live. So please could you help me out with this..?

  • I think we can use it for billing purposes in small companies. They don't require any complex configuration and can pretty much run on any system.

  • Excellent, I've been wondering about what to do with some old laptops now that most have no resale value and I think I could use some of these projects!

  • 18:05 This. This is truly why I appreciate what you do! You're so humble, honest, and true to the DIY mindset.

  • I really loved this video, and that guy too. Man you are so creative, and the menssege in the end about " give the laptop to someone who dont have", that kind of content makes my heart goes warm. I wish your channel grow and gets even more bigger.

    • Agreed. He seems to be a proper nice guy with a good heart. The only problem with being so good and nice and generous is that, due to the universe's tendency for perfect balance, the good person has unintentionally created an evil, angry and greedy person to counter themselves and restore the balance. Whatever our nature is, we should embrace thoughts of the polar opposite of our selves and maintain balance within. That gives us back control instead of leaving it up to nature or in the hands of someone we don't know. Have fun kids.

  • I did it! Sounds fantastic and now the only thing I plan is to print a frame. Speakers came from an old Asus laptop and got a nice Bluetooth preamp with a line in as well. Thank you for the idea!

  • The quality of this mic is actually insane. Fantastic job, you’re doing Gods work here 😤😂

  • This is absolutely phenomenal. Thank you! Very Inspiring!

  • This was really interesting. There are so many gimmicky ways of reusing the parts, but you found some really good ones I've never seen before! Another option for older laptops that still work but are slow, is to put a minimal linux distribution on them and use them kinda like a chromebook.

    • Zorin OS lite 64 or 32 depending on your CPU, my lil bro loves his juke box laptop that can even still use ILaward on a single core Celeron

    • @Clint Savage chromium os is the open source chrome OS, there's also chromixium. Bodhi Linux I've always find to be the most lightweight and stable and all around best Linux distribution for old slow computers, it's based on Ubuntu LTS, so it's very solid but the softwares will usually be older.

    • I love Linux :)

    • Modern GNOME and KDE are quite resource intensive. A lighter DE like Xfce will run better on older hardware. Xubuntu is a good option.

    • @Enthusiastic Zestful Villainy with those specs I think you could run just about any distro. I myself have older laptops with 1 and 2g of ram that I've been trying many distros on trying to find one that suits my needs. Their is an open source equivalent of chrome, just can't think of the name, but primarily uses the older hardware/software for solely internet use. As to not tax the system so much to run slowly.

  • This is the stuff magic is made of. Love it. I love the wall light.

  • I've seen so many disappointing DIY videos that I was expecting something like encasing the laptop in concrete so you have a tray to eat off of. I'm very pleased with this video

    • encasing the laptop in concrete LMAO i cant stop laughing xd

  • You and your ideas, as well your videos are awesome! Thank you for doing this!

  • Those diffuser sheets from the LCD screen are also useful to make your own pair of drunk vision glasses. I remember doing this with a laptop that died on me a few years ago, but I forget where I put the glasses.

  • I think you're the only person i've ever seen, outside of the repair space, smiling, and happy about broken laptops.

    • @Bill Kagartoe Clearly, you didn't bother reading my last reply. Most customers are ok, some are pricks, and some are HUGE pricks. I don't let it bother me, because i've been doing this for 25 years, i know what i'm doing, and regardless of where my customer may fall on the "prick scale", i'm still enjoying the work, and making money. They're never "energy sapping", because i don't argue. I do honest work for a fair price. Now, none of this has anything to do with my original comment. typically, non-repair people are NEVER happy about broken tech. it's usually a source of frustration.

    • @numberyellow Why can't you just agree with the truth that some costumers are extremely difficult and energy sapping?

    • @And Renal i actually do computer repair as my job... yeah, customers suck sometimes, but when i am brought a broken computer, i am EXTREMELY happy, because i don't see a broken computer, or a dickhead customer... i see dollar signs, which means food, and rent, and fuel. for a lot of repair techs, it's just a job. For me, it's what i love doing, so customers can be pricks all they want, i'm still gonna be happy, because i'm doing what i love doing, and it allows me to eat.

    • @numberyellow I meant that if you ever worked in a repair/electronics shop , and had to deal with customers , it can be really abrasive and change your attitude towards people - a.k.a not a happy person -at least while doing your job , for example , i really like doing similar things the guy here is doing in my free time or things i have to do in work but in my free time in my house for myself , but i kinda hate doing it in my work place - because i find customer service to be a hideous thing...

    • @And Renal Huh? what does customer service have to do with anything?

  • ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! Thank you for all the great knowledge :)

  • I've recently disassembled my old laptop because I wanted to use the screen as a separate display. (Thanks for the video on that btw. 👀) Now I wanted to maybe reuse the other parts of the laptop as well and had the idea to turn the keyboard into a wireless one, maybe even integrating the old touchpad and using the old batteries for it, so I can control my computer from the couch. I couldn't find any useful videos on that sadly and I thought something like that would actually fit in pretty well with your channel. Would be cool to see you make a video about that!

  • Hi, thanks for sharing all these ideas, I love this channel :) I actually tried the microphone, but even though I am convinced it should work, it just doesn’t record any sound. Any advice would be appreciated! Is there a way to test the microphone itself? Just to be sure that thats the issue? It may be broken for what I know.

    • @Muro Plankton Well that sounds great, how could we get in touch ?

    • I made the mic yesterday. I may be able to help with troubleshooting.

  • I just love all of the creative things you come up with. You're a very smart guy

  • That heat sink lamp is one of the most cyberpunk things I've ever seen.

    • Now the Trailer of CP2077 is playing in my head. Thanks!

    • @Rezlov Whenever Cyberpunk is said, Deux ex comes always first to my mind.

    • @Zulfikar Hidayat Nope. It's cyberpunk.

    • I thought it's a scrappunk

    • just imagin using that lamp "let me just turn on some light" wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • This is beyond creative! Great video, great work!

  • Are there any concerns w/ re. to capacitors when dismantling laptops. I imagine they wouldn't be holding a whole lot of voltage but then again I wouldn't know. And typically would you just short one to make it safe to handle. Larger ones will make a decent audible 'pop' I believe but is it relatively safe to do so (w/ grounded or insulated tools etc').

  • this is amazing diy i really loved it! great innovative recycling ideas

  • I really loved this video. Hats off his creativity. Keep posting more videos.

  • This man heard "recycle" once and dedicated his entire life to it

    • @Jeanele Retford Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention...lol!

    • Necessity is the mother of all invention

    • and I thought recycle meant riding my bike again.....

    • @The real me this video actually made me think about the actual meaning of 3R, all along I thought that it was individual

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  • Love your channel absolutely epic content keep up the good work

  • Just brilliant, like all your stuff. So inspiring, thank you

  • Thank you for this true DIY old laptop reuse video! Lots of suggestions for the afterlife of my old laptop! :3

  • 5:15 you've inspired me to make my own lamp using the fernel ? Lens and defusion sheet. It is not finished yet, but so far i am pleased with the result

  • 10:00 i never knew laptop microphones were *THAT* good

    • @Valo rants Yeah, that was what I meant - one live 5V and one ground. :) For your USB cable, I would guess that Green == Data+ , and that Blue == Data- (maybe they ran out of white wires lol) For your TRS cable, you will have to use a multimeter and check for continuity between each wire and the Tip/Ring/Sleeve part of the connector to determine which one's which.

    • @Excal! [ 20excalibur07 ] I just wanna ask, been searching for wire color codes for trs cable at USB cable but cant find mine, my audio cable has red white and green cables, also my USB cables haveblack red green blue, cant seem to find any clue on internet on what those color on wires should be, also you stated that only two 5v wires on the USB is needed, there is only 1 5v on USB right? the other one should be ground?

    • @Excal! [ 20excalibur07 ] Thanks a lot, it's now working (; now I only have to find out what exactly the jumpers do and how to lower the buzzing noise...

    • @Excal! [ 20excalibur07 ] Thank you for your answer. With the first ring connected to the Ground(third ring) the Mac only detects headphones... It's a modern Mac that supports for excemple the EarPods mic.

  • Loved this! A friend of mine in HS (1991) was making clocks from the huge HDDs his dad got from obsolete machines.

    • Old CDs were used for the same things

  • This was a great video, wow. I repurpose PC's and laptops pretty regularly, but this.....this is creative!

  • incredible what this man can make with old screens and stuff !

  • I wonder how sophisticatedly organized you have made your way of thinking or maybe it's only the way of presenting but still it's pretty fascinating man ! Keep up the great work !

  • Small improvement on the laser view meter: Mount the entire hard-drive on a small fan that you voluntarily force to vibrate. Either brake one of the fan blade or glue some weight. This will create the vertical scan while the music is still displayed as an horizontal line. The effect is similar to using a scope but nicer because the scan is symmetrical. What you see is nice Lissajous figures depending on the frequency content of the music.

    • 120 thumbs up, my most popular comment on youtube. My first experience of a similar way to display music was using an old color TV. There was still a few vacuum tube, in particular a large one with metal cap on top to rectify 25 kv and a bigger one for pulsing at 15 KHz to produce horizontal scan an the high voltage +25 kv. The CRT was 26 inches, diagonal. It was the old style with the phosphor being dots, not vertical stripes. It used dynamic convergence with 3 electromagnets close to the deflection 'yoke'. A PCB with 16 adjustable resistors allowed to adjust how much current is used to stir each color mostly near the 4 corners. I disconnected both horizontal and vertical wire from the yoke (like the science fiction pretend: don't adjust your tv, we control the horizontal and vertical... I used a 6 volt transformer, connected it on the horizontal wires of the yoke. I connected the vertical to an amplifier, in parallel with the speaker. Result: Same as with this laser, except: because of the dynamic convergence, trying to force the red, green and blue to center, the 3 colors were separated but followed similar path. The music was illustrated with these 3 intense, saturated, colors. Using a more recent CRT, we need to use magnets near the neck to force the color to separate. Otherwise, the convergence is so good that we just see a more boring white trace. It is hard to keep the color saturated in every parts of the screen. Modern CRT are just too good at keeping the 3 colors well aligned with the shadow mask.

    • Vu meter

    • Christian Gingras Mmm. Myes, indeed.

  • These are exactly the ideas I have in mind when dismantling everything but never has it turned out like this man's wtf i think its the accent that gives you power and the ability to sound a lot more intelligent ...and my Texan accent is great for commentating Nascar or perhaps a rodeo ......you sir are basically the tinker God!

  • Another good little project to undertake, especially if you have 2 or 3 old laptops with CD drives in them is to removed the stepper motors from the CD drivers and make a 3D printer out of them

    • Great idea. How long would the youtube for that be?

  • Ingenious! Extremely creative and talented. Thank you.

  • Great job - practical and entertaining. Thanks.

  • This is the most underrated channel ever. This is the true meaning of DIY

    • you dont like learning how to fix a broken car with gum + matches? 5 min crafts is very good🙂🔫

    • Controversial opinion bro

    • How is he underrated?

    • You don't know what underrated means

    • Is everyone just gonna ignore my comment? Like theres this youtuber called Dj cook with around 800k+ subscribers like thats way more underrated thna 2m subscribers like wtf, you guys should check out his channel 🙃