LED Mod--for an Old Dell (any Computer Will Work)





Introduction: LED Mod--for an Old Dell (any Computer Will Work)

I decided to make my old Dell (now a linux box) some bling(ish) so I grabbed some LED's, a switch, a terminal block, and some wire, a molex, and some resistors. You only need one (value depending on 12 v or 5 volt--I had 6 because I did not have a correct value) Very simple mod, but soldering skills were required. I just hotglued the LED's to the front panel of my case, and drilled a hole for the microswitch. A $10 mod that is very simple and looks very good.

Step 1: This Is the Original Computer

This is the original computer. Any computer will work, but the grille in this computer is perfect for invisibly making it glow.
sorry for the sideways--just turn yer head

Step 2: Create the Module for Installation.

From left to right:

SPST switch-2 LED's wired in paralell-terminal block-resistors-molex-power supply cord (NOT part of project)

See schematic image for wiring. One does not need a terminal block-any prototyping PCB will do. It was just convenient for me.

Step 3: Final Product

Here is what it looks like. Note the switch, and light placement.



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     I have the same computer(not used anymore ofcourse)

     I was Thinking about using usb so it would be controlable from your computer to turn them on/off

    ... and black, and transparent.. : )

    i have an emachine, time to break out the drill, evil laff

    Me too. What model do you have? I have the E-tower 500 is and it's a piece of junk!

    emachine T2862 3.8 ghz Celeron D 2gb ram

    oooohhh i has a slightly older......or maby newer model its a 3.33 with 512ram

    I have a emachines too! Yesterday I just painted the case and a week ago I cut out a window.

    i dont know about yours but mine is fast great, never crashed and plays games great.

    DELL DIMENSIONS make great linux pcs! I had the same model. It worked great! But my mom made throw it out! Whaaaaah!