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

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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

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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.

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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

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


floryzzz (author)2010-05-25

 I have the same computer(not used anymore ofcourse)

ColdFusi0n (author)2010-01-16

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

chemicalvamp (author)2009-09-23

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

Yerboogieman (author)2008-02-12

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

bwpatton1 (author)Yerboogieman2009-09-03

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.

andrewmystery (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 (author)andrewmystery2009-02-25

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

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

andrewmystery (author)0xCyrusx02009-02-26

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 (author)andrewmystery2009-02-23

I had one but i never put linux on it

andrewmystery (author)Gamer9172009-02-25

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

Patented (author)andrewmystery2009-03-21

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

andrewmystery (author)Patented2009-03-22

It is good isn't it?

scifipenguin (author)2008-10-30

now just add the raving fan mod, id be pimpin

Xellers (author)2008-04-25

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

poobajones (author)2008-01-11

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

Xellers (author)poobajones2008-02-22

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! (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 (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 (author)2007-07-13

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

Gazoogleheimer (author)2006-10-19

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

saites2001 (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 (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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