Sunday, March 28, 2010

Scsi stuff to give away

Two wide scsi drives 9.1 GB.
One is an IBM ultrastar model DDYS-T09170. The other a quantum TD91W011


Two removable drive cages to suit the above drives. Presumably, they're hot swappable??


One Tekram DC-390F wide scsi PCI adapter and two 68 pin scsi cables. One has 3 male plugs and is about 1m long. The other has 8 male plugs and is about 2m long.


All these were working together when pulled from the box they were in some time ago.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Little pink car

The car is done!
This was salvaged from the side of the road (can't resist council cleanup day) in really good condition. It just needed a new 6v battery. But that's too easy.




I've got a 12v battery sitting around, so let's have a stab at converting it to 12v.

First off we'll need to run the motor at 6v. So using this motor speed control kit we'll take care of that, and get soft start and speed control in the deal. Next -hacking the existing control board.

Basically that's just a bunch of switches and a pair of relays for reversing the current on the motor for forward and reverse, but the relays are 6v coils - can't run those at 12. I'll add in a 7806 to run all the 6v stuff.

To conserve the battery I don't want the motor speed controller running all the time, just when the accelerator is pushed. ONE of the two direction relays operate when that is pushed so I'll just OR those together to operate a large automotive horn relay. That should handle at least 20 amps.

So this is new - I've actually documented what I did, so when it breaks, I won't have to trace it all out again!


Here's the circuits stuffed back into the back of the car. At least the large automotive relay (K1) is screwed down. I should have put the speed controller nearer to the back - the adjustment pot is under the seat and I'll have to pull it all back out again to adjust it. D4, C2 and IC1 are foreground right, hanging precariously off the original control board.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perhaps I should clean up first

This one is for you Peter; this is where the magic happens.
The thermometer on the wall says it's a nice 30 degrees Centigrade at 7:55 pm. Hmm, balmy.