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Turning off blue led indicator lights?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by cell323, Oct 9, 2007.

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  1. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    Is there a way to disable the blue led indicator lights from being on, because they can become quite annoying at times. I am a proud owner of a Vostro 1400,

    Thanks
     
  2. 000111

    000111 Atari Master

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    hehe... you could put a piece of tape over them. i don't know how to turn them off.
     
  3. lordnikon

    lordnikon Notebook Evangelist

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    I find the blue LED light on my 65w AC adapter annoying. Its so bright it can light up a dark room.
     
  4. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    hehe I'm trying to find an option other than covering with tape :p ;)

    Thank you though! Hope somebody knows.
     
  5. napalmb

    napalmb Notebook Enthusiast

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    You could physically disconnect the LED wires if they are not soldered on.
     
  6. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    thanks napalm, but i'm looking for a way to do it withing the software or bios.
    Maybe there is a program that I dont know of. I'm not looking to open the laptop itself.
     
  7. 000111

    000111 Atari Master

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    just checked out the A03 bios. can't find anything that looks helpful there... it would be cool if notebook hardware control could do it, but i don't know if it can.
     
  8. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    yeah it would be cool if at least it could make them dimmer at least. That would rock.
     
  9. capntang

    capntang Notebook Guru

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    I doubt there's an easy way to turn them off via software. It's a case of function following form, I guess. I think Dell would have done better to use something other than superbright LEDs (who needs to see their laptop's status lights from two miles away?), or maybe they could have placed them above the keyboard so they could at least serve as a keyboard lamp.
     
  10. nizzy1115

    nizzy1115 Notebook Prophet

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    the only way to turn them off is to unplug them.
     
  11. SoMuch2S@y

    SoMuch2S@y Notebook Consultant

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    LOL I was wondering the same thing! I don't know how many nights I've been ready to throw my precious lappy out the window because of the ridiculously bright blue blinking light keeping me up.
     
  12. NeoVo5

    NeoVo5 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I tend to just place my mousemat along the edge of the laptop. They are incredibly bright, though thats not a bad thing. we would complain if they was too dim.. :p

    -NeoVo-
     
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    daniel_g Notebook Consultant

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    The charging light by itself is so freaking bright, damn Dell for that.

    I usually end up putting cloth over it.

    But come to think about it, the wires should be easy to acces if the keyboard is removed...
     
  14. mask

    mask Notebook Consultant

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    my god, are they that bright, even in a jocular sense!:D still to unpack mine, guess will check out this evening.
     
  15. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    lol I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels dells super freaking bright blue dell lights is overkill. hehehe
     
  16. gorn

    gorn Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a D630, so it might be different, but:

    There are no wires. The LEDs are surface mount and they use that special light carrying plastic to bring the light where they want it.

    In Linux, the LED for the wireless (intel 4965 in my case) and the Bluetooth (Dell 360) are /always/ off, even when the device is active. So those can be disabled (or rather not enabled in the Linux case) by software. But you might need to hack the drivers to do it, so that might not be very trivial. The power/charging LED I think is just controlled by hardware however.
     
  17. Sredni Vashtar

    Sredni Vashtar Notebook Evangelist

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    Just a wild idea: using a felt pen to cover them with dark ink (using a cardboard mask not to go over the chassis). Perhaps a non permanent ink might do as well and it could be cleaned with a wet tissue.
    The led should still be visible through the ink layer, but they would be considerably dimmed.

    Now, who wanna try first?
    :)
     
  18. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    Might as well put invisible tape.. but that is not the solution I'm looking for. :)
     
  19. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    Wouldn't invisible tape let the light through? Don't you mean black tape?
     
  20. AKAJohnDoe

    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    The blue lights at the end of the airport runway were a favorite parking place of my youth. Why would you want to turn them off?
     
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