Close the hood, add a zip
tie, and you're good to go. You will want to bound the wires together. With
CAT5, the shielding works, and I attached the ground with electrical tape.
Now you will need to attach the other
end of the wires to your resistors. Again prepare all your wires and surfaces
(read: "flux those babies up") and solder away. Solder the ground
first and make your way from the bottom on up.
Detailed shot of the LED, resistor, and wire
placement. Notice the ground wire was looped through. This is to make better
wire to copper contact with the board. I wouldn't want this thing sparking
beside my HDD's!
On the 2 LED's with dual resistors (if you're
using 1.7V LED's), you will want to heat shrink the connection. Since I
didn't think about it ahead of time, I taped it later. Clean up wiring if necessary, but otherwise
you're done! Now plug that baby in and crank it up. Case placement isn't
critical, just as long as it's visible. I put mine on the side of my HDD bays
with double-sided tape. Afterthought: Placement in a project box will
make this a more metal friendly and visually attractive (clean) mod. You could
also experiment with putting it in a bay. Have fun!
Night- light off. The blue glow is a 4"
CCFL to give you a clue on brightness. CAUTION: May cause blindness! And
Download the winamp
plug-in for the LED meter here
Software installation instructions:
The vis_leds.dll must be placed in the plugin directory of a functioning
WinAmp version 2.xx. To select it, go to options (by right-clicking anywhere
there isn't a button) and go to visualization -> select plugin. Then go
to visualization and select LEDs flashing machine. Next go to the bottom
dropdown box and select your mode. Experiment until you find your favorite.
If you run any OS
based on the NT kernel (ie- Windows NT, 2000, or XP), you will need an
additional program called Userport.
allows you to control hardware resources (such as a parallel port), which is
normally prevented in NT except by system functions. You will need to
install then run UserPort and type "0x378-0x378" in the left hand box and
then click "add". Then click "start" and "update". If you get a "Driver
already started!" message, just click update. Now the plugin should work.
- Guide written by Afturmath