RobSmithDev

Software, Electronics, Tutorials & Solutions for Retro and Modern

Welcome to RobSmithDev!

I've listed all of my videos below in date order, alternatively, visit my YouTube Channel to view them from there.

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Clean them heads - Make Your Own Floppy Drive Head Cleaner and more!

In this video I'll show you how to troubleshoot a floppy disk drive thats not reading disks. I'll then show you how to manually clean one, and finally how to build your own floppy drive head cleaning disk.


Bin that Spinning Disk - A590 SCSI Solid State Upgrade Alternatives - Part 3

Get rid of that old spinning SCSI hard disk drive. In this video we're going to look at solid state alternatives for SCSI drives that we could install in our newly working A590.

I'll focus on the Blue SCSI V2, and once installed we'll re-install the operation system, OS3.2 and all of it's updates.


RARE A590 Repair - Epson Inside!? - Part 2

Did you know Epson used to make hard disk drives?! In the last video we took a look at the A590 and got the RAM working.

In this video we'll test out the hard drive side, and if its not working we'll attempt to fix it.


RARE Amiga A590 Repair and Fix - Part 1

I purchased a rather rare and early model A590 Amiga Hard Drive from Ebay. It has a really low serial number.

In this video we'll take a look at the A590 in detail, and we'll see if we can get it to work, starting with the supported onboard Fast RAM. In the next video we'll take a look at the hard disk side of the A590.


Hacking Cameras - Arduino VISCA Controller for Pan, Tilt, Zoom and more!

I've never been happy with the quality of the video recording looking down on onto my desk. So, in this video I explore using an old Cisco video conferencing camera that supports the VISCA protocol.


Build The Amazing Levitating Amiga BoingBall!

In this video we're going to create this rather attractive Amiga-style levitating Boing-Ball!

It makes a real attractive display piece and aside from all the 3D printing it actually fairly simple to build.


V2 - Keeping the Heat In - Improved Radio Controlled Door Closer

We STILL have a slightly annoying problem, she's wonderful, but has a habbit of leaving the door open. In my last video we built a remote control door closer, but the range was terrible.


Lets Code Hop to the Top!

So, it's coming to the time of year for eating lots of chocolate eggs, so I thought, let's make a game.

I wanted this to be a platform game about rabbits and chocolate eggs, and controlled by a joystick or keyboard.

I couldn't think of a title either, but with the help of ChatGPT, Hop to the Top was created!


Keeping the Heat In - Radio Controlled Door Closer Because my Dog Keeps Opening It!

We have a slightly annoying problem, she's wonderful, but has a habbit of leaving the door open. I'm talking about our dog!

Presented with a radio control car and the MacGyver theme tune I was asked to make a remote control door opener/closer.


Power Switch Repair on a Phillips CM8833 CRT Monitor

Being the lucky owner of the classic Phillips CM8833 CRT Monitor, I was disappointed when the power switch finally failed. It wouldnt stay on unless I held the power switch in.

So, in this video we learn how to repair the monitor by replacing the power switch and also investigate the cause of the issue.


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