You can wow your friends with this better-than-theirs CD-ROM drive, making everyone jealous of its awesome power.
I am not responsible for any damage inflicted on your CD-ROM drive and/or your tools, or any injuries inflicted upon yourself during this project.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- A philips (+) screwdriver to get the CD drive open
- A soldering iron to solder the LED, wires and resistor
- X-acto knife in case you need to cut away some plastic around the button
- Some soldering experience. (I'd say about beginner to intermediate)
- 1 small LED, in any color you like, it can't be a diffused one, though
- Wire that is long enough to reach from the front of the drive to the back
- 1 430 ohm resistor (Yellow, Orange, Brown)
Step 2: Take It Apart
Step 3: Prepare the Panel
Take your X-acto knife and carefully cut away the plastic that is keeping light from shining through.
When you are satisfied with your work, its time to move on to the next step.
Be cautious, this plastic is hard to cut and if the knife slips you may hurt yourself.
Step 4: Prepare the LED and Put It In
Step 5: Solder the LED to the Circuit Board
First, take the resistor and solder it to the +5v contact on the circuit board, like in the picture. The voltages are usually marked somewhere nearby.
Next, solder the positive LED wire to the resistor, and the negative wire to GND, or ground. (These are the two pins in the middle, pick one) If your wire can't quite reach the contacts, scratch off some of the enamel-ish coating on the circuit board around the GND connection, (AKA ground) area to expose the copper trace underneath. Solder the negative wire to this.
Look at the pictures if this sounds confusing.
Step 6: You Are Done!
Now all that is left to do is screw the CD-ROM drive back together and plug it in. Turn on your computer and stare in awe at your better-than-everyone-else's CD-ROM drive.
If it isn't working...
1. is something accidentally short circuiting? are two pieces of metal touching when they shouldn't be?
2. did you fry something by overheating it while soldering?
3. did you damage your CD-ROM drive somehow?