Tag: hardware

Forcibly eject CD on a PowerPC-based Mac

The Apple Mac has always been a piece of equipment heavily based around design. As a result, you end up with a beautiful piece of kit, but lacking in some simple functions; one of these being an eject button on the CD drive!

I have on numerous occasions found that I have inserted a bad CD, usually a bootable CD of some sort, and then found myself unable to eject the disc. The machine often enters an unresponsive state with some horrid noises coming from the CD drive.

This guide will show you how to use Open Firmware to forcibly eject a CD on any PowerPC equipped Mac.


Replace iPod Classic HDD with SSD

iPod Classics are still sought after devices despite Apple having discontinued production. A common point of failure is the spinning HDD failing, but you need not throw the device away when it fails.

This guide shows you how to upgrade your iPod Classic’s HDD with a newer technology SSD.


Vauxhall Astra H: How to change Astra clock display using Eonon D5108 head unit

A commonly asked question is "how do you change the clock on the Astra with an aftermarket stereo?"

With the Eonon headunits, it is quite easy to do, but it is in no way obvious where to go! So I've created this video to show you exactly how it's done!


Vauxhall Astra H: Installing Eonon D510* series headunit

Eonon make some great, budget headunits that are packed with almost every feature you could want... and recently, they have started to add some new models to their range made specifically for the current generation of Vauxhall/Opel vehicles. They are designed to fit the car without requiring any modification or silly adapters, and they work perfectly with the car with minimal effort required to install it, compared to most headunits. The first time installation took me roughly 45 minutes with no assistance from anyone else.

This guide will show you how to fit an Eonon headunit into your Astra H