# What do you think?

#### DHSLXOP

##### Active Member
Hi everyone,
I was playing around on ebay searching for tech stuff and searched in "color scrollers." Well I found this and was considering bidding, because obviously that low of a price for so many would be pretty incredible. But I was thinking, is a used color scroller going to be safe and for that matter even going to work. I know that you guys, obvioulsy, can't tell me any definite answers, but was wondering if any of you guys that are pretty experienced working with this kind of equipment can look at the pictures and see if it at least looks like it will work/be safe.
Thanks in advance (and if nobody can figure it out, sorry and thanks for trying)

#### Pie4Weebl

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yeah it would be safe, who knows if it will work though, the listing says "as is" so you may get only one or two that work. Also the listen says that no cables are included so you will need to purchase that as well.

#### Grog12

##### CBMod
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My instinct is to say no...it came from a k-12 school...and that's really 50/50 on whether or not it was taken care of.

#### Footer

##### Senior Team
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No cables is a big negative, your going to be dropping a pretty good amount on that. It's hard to totally destroy a forrunner, but I have seen them in very bad shape. These could use a very good cleaning, but if you can pick it up for cheap, you might be able to get half of them working.

#### jmabray

##### Active Member
Then again, my guess is that the sellers have no idea what these things are or what they are really worth...

For a hundred bucks, it's a steal... Even if you just get the power supply and 1 of them working....

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there is still 6 days left... would keep an eye on it though.

#### Grog12

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No cables is a big negative, your going to be dropping a pretty good amount on that. It's hard to totally destroy a forrunner, but I have seen them in very bad shape. These could use a very good cleaning, but if you can pick it up for cheap, you might be able to get half of them working.
You'd be surprised at how easy it is to puncture the motherboard....

#### icewolf08

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sure, put a roll of gel across two paper-towel rolls, attach tieline and there you go. It will probably cost you more in parts, R&D, sweat, and frustration than it is worth to build your own scroller. Not to mention the fact that anything you build will be a PITA to operate unless you are really good with electronics.

I think the DIY approach would end up akin to the "moving light" I helped build in high school that involved a fan motor, bike crankset, 4 PAR64s, some pipe and some swivel chesboroughs....

#### soundlight

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I think the DIY approach would end up akin to the "moving light" I helped build in high school that involved a fan motor, bike crankset, 4 PAR64s, some pipe and some swivel chesboroughs....
Sounds like a primitive prototype Studio Due CS4...haha. That'd be fun, actually...I've been thinking about building my own "moving light" and controller for a while...that'll probably be my final project for PHYS235, which is a circuit design class. Sweet.

#### DarSax

##### Active Member
yea I want to build a moving light for my dorm room. How sweet would that be?

Actually not all that much, it'd be a flashlight and two motors. But more like, how geeky would that be?!?