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.


floryzzz made it! (author)2010-05-25

 I have the same computer(not used anymore ofcourse)

ColdFusi0n made it! (author)2010-01-16

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

chemicalvamp made it! (author)2009-09-23

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

Yerboogieman made it! (author)2008-02-12

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

livesteamfan made it! (author)livesteamfan2008-08-13

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

Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2008-08-13

emachine T2862 3.8 ghz Celeron D 2gb ram

bwpatton1 made it! (author)bwpatton12009-09-03

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

brandon20904 made it! (author)brandon209042008-08-31

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

Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2008-08-13

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

andrewmystery made it! (author)2008-10-02

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

0xCyrusx0 made it! (author)0xCyrusx02009-02-25

Your mom made you throw out a perfectly good, working computer? Can I stab her?

albylovesscience made it! (author)albylovesscience2009-07-27

i know i hate when my mom makes me throw out perfictly good things whaaaaaah!!

andrewmystery made it! (author)andrewmystery2009-02-26

Noooo.... You may not stab her, and yes. Our basement was flooded and the insurance replaced it. It was not damaged by water at all though.

Gamer917 made it! (author)Gamer9172009-02-23

I had one but i never put linux on it

andrewmystery made it! (author)andrewmystery2009-02-25

IT was much faster with xubuntu. My mother threw it away, so now I have moved on to a Panasonic toughbook (CF-72)!

Patented made it! (author)Patented2009-03-21

I also switch my old dell inspiron 5000 to xubuntu and it goes much faster!

andrewmystery made it! (author)andrewmystery2009-03-22

It is good isn't it?

scifipenguin made it! (author)2008-10-30

now just add the raving fan mod, id be pimpin

Xellers made it! (author)2008-04-25

I found like five of these in the recycling center, and this time, I got away with them.

poobajones made it! (author)2008-01-11

Cool I have that SAME exact computer too! Dell Dimension 4100

Xellers made it! (author)Xellers2008-02-22

I found one in a recycling center with a DVD burner, RAM, CPU, and Hard Disc, but I was kicked out before I could take it!

!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)2007-09-01

lol i got that same puter, plugged in incase a friend spends night or so and wants to get on it. just my on-off button doesnt work no more ...idk y. anyway this looks cool and i might just do this! ... by the way do you know how many watt psu that pc has?

locofocos made it! (author)2007-07-19

I did this with some Christmas tree lights. It works very well with compaq cases because they have lots of vent grilles and holes.

hondagofast made it! (author)2007-07-13

Good idea. Blue works better with the beige plastic though.

Gazoogleheimer made it! (author)2006-10-19

I could have also used an LED stick with R G and B.

saites2001 made it! (author)2006-10-14

This is a neat project, but I think you should work on your instructable a bit more. For instance, you may want to orient the pictures correctly and add a little more detail for less experienced builders. I like the effect it gives. It would be neat to do it in several different colors.

bleachworthy made it! (author)2006-10-13

nicely done. I would add about 20 more of those LED's along there, to get a nice, even, and bright, lighted front panel.

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