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Old 02-18-2008, 05:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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How is there "excess" electricity? Is there heat from the volume control of your speakers?
Actually, i control my speakers from an external mixer which does get pretty warm, but like i said i dont know much about electrical currents and stuff like that, just sound.
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Actually, i control my speakers from an external mixer which does get pretty warm, but like i said i dont know much about electrical currents and stuff like that, just sound.
That's because the mixer is "powered"?

@Harper: Do you know what the variable resistor is called? How the LM7805 works? And why is the heatsink there?
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@Harper: Do you know what the variable resistor is called? How the LM7805 works? And why is the heatsink there?
no idea. Sorry.

Will be having a chat with a friend of mine about this later on tonight. But if you have some tips or suggestions, I am all ears.
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very nice Harper

also don't you mean DIY?

keep me informed on this, because this could be pretty useful
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That's because the mixer is "powered"?

@Harper: Do you know what the variable resistor is called? How the LM7805 works? And why is the heatsink there?
Yup.

harper, why dont you just pick up a hardware controller. Theres some pretty cheap ones out there, i bought one for $15 and its simple but works good.
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Yup.

harper, why dont you just pick up a hardware controller. Theres some pretty cheap ones out there, i bought one for $15 and its simple but works good.
A few reason.
1. Every one has the drive bay controllers. However I don't have any avalable drive bays.
2. Drive bay controllers seem to control 3 or 4 fans. I only need to control 1.
3. The PCI bay controller I can pick up rather cheaply. However it's the postage being more than the actual unit that is stopping me.
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if you only need to control one fan, then buy a fan that is adjustable like a Antec tri-cool fan.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:34 AM   #18 (permalink)
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A multi position rotary switch and some resistors would probably work.

Look here for finding out the correct resistor values. If I had a 3-way switch I'd probably do 12v, 7v, and 5v.
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