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    Red face Changing led colors on my computer

    How do you change the LED colors on your computer?? Also, hoa can i make my own power switch?
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    When you talk about LED colours, i presume that your talking about the power and HDD leds. Changing the colour is as technical as going to an electronics shop and buying differnt coloured LED's. On my case the led socket pulls out of the front pannel, then i just pull out the LED and replace it with a different one.

    re the power switch. Did u want to have a power switch up the front of the car with the poota in the boot? if so, put a toggle switch inline with the power cable that u run to the boot. Or you could get technical and have a relay in the boot run off a smaller switch in your dash.

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    Its a trunk not a boot! sheesh!

    I know why Americans call it trunk because older cars actually had trunks on the back of them as storage space.....but where did the name 'boot' come from?

    Sorry not trying to start an international MP3Car incident...just wondering

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    hornet: Not quite that simple. LEDs can be switched between red, green, yellow and orange without a problem, but those colours are boring. Most likely, this guy wants to go to blue. However, blue LEDs require twice the voltage and current of regular LEDs. Therefore, an interface ciruit must be built. This can be as simple as a transistor switch with current limiting resistor, but it is not a plug and play situation.

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    Lots of people have placed blue LED's in place of case LEDs by just simply replacing them.. Some even change the LED's inside CDROM's etc.. A 5v rated LED will work fine from radio shack.. it just may not be as bright as it could (probably only 1.5-2v coming off the motherboard headers).. You shouldn't need a resistor in between either because it is only a few volts instead of trying to light the LED from 12v.

    Here is a 'tutorial' all about it.
    http://www.virtualhideout.net/guides...ds/index.shtml

    As for a power switch.. just get a 2 pole power switch.. cut the power wire where you want it and solder one end to the first pole and the other end to the other pole.. You cant get the switch backwards (it will just be off one way or the other depending on which end you attach to each pole)...

    Im assuming you want to put a switch on the inverter.. get an extention lighter socket from radio shack, also some fuse taps.. the fuse taps clip over top of the fuses and give you a point you can solder to.. Solder the power wire on the extention to this fuse tap.. attach the ground wire to an unpainted part of the vehicle chassis (ground).. You can cut the power wire like i said before and place the switch inline as mentioned above.... this is what I did with my inverter.. works great.

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    Catlas.

    I dont bloody know, i didn't invent the terminology, i just have to use it. Could you imagine all the looks i would get if all of a sudden i started calling it a 'trunk'? it would be like u calling it a 'boot' all of a sudden.

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    Okay then explain the 'bonnet'

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by DodgeCummins:
    Okay then explain the 'bonnet'
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    The bonnet is a special term used by only the Aussie's as we know what it really is! Hood! Hmph. That's what a rain coat has, not a car But I dunno, you US boys always have to change everything, you have to be different from the rest of the world. 110V, Imperial measure MPH etc, Trunk & Hood, Wrong side of the road, I dunno.

    Oh yeah, and why on earth do you call it GAS? LPG fair enough (if your car has it), but why call Petrol GAS? I suppose you got it from Gasoline....

    Oh this post will stir some ***** hehee

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Bj:
    The bonnet is a special term used by only the Aussie's as we know what it really is! Hood! Hmph. That's what a rain coat has, not a car But I dunno, you US boys always have to change everything, you have to be different from the rest of the world. 110V, Imperial measure MPH etc, Trunk & Hood, Wrong side of the road, I dunno.

    Oh yeah, and why on earth do you call it GAS? LPG fair enough (if your car has it), but why call Petrol GAS? I suppose you got it from Gasoline....

    Oh this post will stir some ***** hehee

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    I think I might try using some Aussie terminology here in the US just to see what kind of funny looks I can get........Hey and maybe I'll start driving on the other side of the road too!

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