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alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt Frequently Asked Questions



frequently asked questions (FAQ) and general information pertaining to the newsgroup alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt

This contains frequently asked questions (FAQ) and general information pertaining to the newsgroup alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt. It is maintained by Mark Sokos (msokos1@gl.umbc.edu). It is posted every two weeks to the newsgroup alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt. The latest version may also be obtained by sending an e-mail request to the above address.

-1.1 What the group is about
achh faq What the group is about
-1.2 How to Deal With the Cancelbot
achh faq How to Deal With the Cancelbot
-1.3 Who is "PRR"?
achh faq Who is
-2.1 Can I post ads on the newsgroup?
achh faq Can I post ads on the newsgroup?
-2.2 Can I post questions involving hardware problems?
achh faq Can I post questions involving hardware problems?
-2.3 What's this about a new homebuilt newsgroup?
achh faq What's this about a new homebuilt newsgroup?
-2.4 What is a "Wally" (and other terms specific to this newsgroup)
achh faq What is a
-2.5 Where can I get an EPROM/PLD programmer?
achh faq Where can I get an EPROM/PLD programmer?
-2.6 How can I make my own SIMMS?
achh faq How can I make my own SIMMS?
-2.7a Parallel/Serial/Game Ports
achh faq a Parallel/Serial/Game Ports
-2.7b Keyboards
achh faq b Keyboards
-2.7c BIOS code
achh faq c BIOS code
-2.7 How do I interface to an IBM clone?
achh faq How do I interface to an IBM clone?
-2.8 How do I interface to a Mac?
achh faq How do I interface to a Mac?
-2.9 Where can I find bus specs and interfacing information?
achh faq Where can I find bus specs and interfacing information?
-2.10 Where can I get hard/floppy drive specs and interfacing info?
achh faq Where can I get hard/floppy drive specs and interfacing info?
-2.11 Where can I find Midi and other musical interfacing information?
achh faq Where can I find Midi and other musical interfacing information?
-2.12 How do I make my own circuit boards?
achh faq How do I make my own circuit boards?
-2.13 What is the Net Station?
achh faq What is the Net Station?
-2.14 How do I homebrew an LCD controller?
achh faq How do I homebrew an LCD controller?
-2.15 How do I make good front panels/cover plates?
achh faq How do I make good front panels/cover plates?
-2.16 What are PDF and Acrobat files?
achh faq What are PDF and Acrobat files?
-2.17 Where can I get technical information about Game Boy?
achh faq Where can I get technical information about Game Boy?
-2.18 How can I build a POST code reader for my PC?
achh faq How can I build a POST code reader for my PC?
-2.19 Where can I find information on IR standards?
achh faq Where can I find information on IR standards?
-2.20 How can I make a mouse serial/ps2 or ps2/serial adapter?
achh faq How can I make a mouse serial/ps2 or ps2/serial adapter?
-2.21 How can I convert video formats?
achh faq How can I convert video formats?
-2.22 Where can I find caller ID information?
achh faq Where can I find caller ID information?
-2.23 Where can I find information about projects?
achh faq Where can I find information about projects?
-2.24 Where can I find information about multi-processing standards?
achh faq Where can I find information about multi-processing standards?
-2.25 How do I make loop-back plugs?
achh faq How do I make loop-back plugs?
-2.26 How do I make a null modem/laplink cable?
achh faq How do I make a null modem/laplink cable?
-2.27 Where can I get schematic drawing, circuit simulators, schematiccapture programs, and PCB layout software?
achh faq Where can I get schematic drawing, circuit simulators, schematiccapture programs, and PCB layout software?
-2.28 Where can I get software developement tools?
achh faq Where can I get software developement tools?
-2.29 Where can I find operating system information?
achh faq Where can I find operating system information?
-2.30 How do I interface to DRAM/SIMMS?
achh faq How do I interface to DRAM/SIMMS?
-2.31 How do I turn myself into a cyborg?
achh faq How do I turn myself into a cyborg?
-2.32 Who makes kits?
achh faq Who makes kits?
-3.1 Semiconductor Manufacturers
achh faq Semiconductor Manufacturers
-3.2 Vendor List
achh faq Vendor List
-3.3 Internet Resources
achh faq Internet Resources
-3.4 BBS Numbers
achh faq BBS Numbers
-3.5 Recommended books/magazines
achh faq Recommended books/magazines
-3.6 CD-Rom
achh faq CD-Rom

Special thanks to Andrew for the first version of this FAQ. Thanks also to the following for numerous corrections and additional information (in no particular order): Robert Boys, Todd Parker, Howard Matthews, David Wilkie, xian the desk lisard, Sandy Harris, Hai Pham, Alan Winstanley, Dwight Elvey, Gareth Attrill, Gilad Barak, Jan-Derk Bakker, Ian Blythe, Jean-Marc Calvez, Dave Baldwin, Frank Miller, Roethig Gerd, Joakim Ogren, Alan Ogden, Douglas Beattie Jr, Nico Coesel, R. D. Davis, Mike Loving, Paul West, Ian Stirling, John D. Baker, Jeff Sampson, and my sincere apologies if anyone was accidentally left off this list.

I attempt to make sure that all information in this FAQ is current and correct, but I'm only human. If you find a mistake, please let me know.

Your comments/suggestions/contributions are welcome. E-mail to msokos1@gl.umbc.edu

This file is (C) copyright 1996, 1997 by Mark Sokos. It may be freely copied and distributed as long as this notice remains intact and the file is not modified, and no fee is charged for its duplication.










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