I don't plan on a lot of electronics, but there will be a few useful things worth writing about.
|I found a bunch of these video conferencing camera's in a dumpster near work a
couple of months ago. I'm planning on having two in the little windows where the
rear "School Bus" sign was. One will be pointed straight our the back and the
other will be pointed down. I'll have to build some sort of relay to switch the
video signals between the two cameras. I might put on in the engine compartment
|Here's where the camera will go.
|Here's the image, I used regular CATV wire (75 ohm RG-59) and the image quality is
excellent. The TV is dual voltage and I'll make a shelf for it up front.
Convert an ATX PC Power Supply to a 12 Volt Power Source:
Here's what you need to do:
- Find a place to mount the lighter socket and a 10 ohm 10 watt resistor (I used (2) 5 ohm resistors in series)
- Cut all the extra wires close to the circuit board, tape the ends of the one you can't cut close. Leave one red, one yellow, three blacks and the green. NOTE: If you have a brown wire make sure it is connected to one of the orange wires, this is the 3.3 volt sense and the PSU won't work if it's not connected.
- Connect the green wire to a black wire - this is "power on" - you can alternatively put a switch here.
- Connect the resistor between the red (+5v) and a black wire. The PSU needs a load on the +5 volt rail in order to operate correctly. This resistor will get hot so mount it in the air flow.
- Connect the yellow and black wires to the lighter socket.