i just tried this led mod and when i was trying it as i was trying to put the wires in the usb some smoke start to come from inside the USB casing, and now my system dont even want to turn on. please anyone can help me with this. i really cant afford to send it back to dell. well i mean if i dont have anyother couse. anyway how long would it take for me to get it back? and do day delete ur harddrive and everything in it.
yah the battery was still on it. damn man this suck now i have a week with out my laptop. This is going to affect me in my job. well i think it was my stuped mistake, for living the battery attached to the laptop. well im still going to try it when they send it back to me. i done everything all i have to do is put everything in the laptop. Damn man i like mad at myself for putting back the battery. Well i told the rep that i plugged a Cardreader to the USB and the the system turned off and it smelled burnt( do u think a tech would know when they start fixing my system. and what do they usualy do to the system. do they repair it or do they replace what ever part is broken or damaged.)
WHO EVER IS GOING TO DO THIS MoD PLEASE MAKE SURE THERE IS NO KIND OF ELECTRIC IN THE SYSTEM. AND BEFORE U START TAKE OUT THE BATTERY< UNPLUG THE LAP AND PRESS THE POWER BUTTON FOR ABOUT 30 SEC TO DRAIN OUT ANY ENERGY STILL LEFT IN THE SYSTEM( a Dell CS told me this when she was trying to troubleshoot it LOL, i know it was FRied already.) the only thing i didnt get was i only fried the USB so why was would the whole system be damaged. well anyway please learn from my mistake.
and is not hard at all.the only hard part is the USB part like he mention. i think it was very easer to use two pointy plyers one pulling and the other one pushing. other question do u need any anything to be pluged in the system to just give it power exsamples is it necessary for the VPU and the keyboard to be plugged in. in the part where u say to test the led u said to plug this things in before turning it on.
I should make my warning on the first page bigger... like 100 point font bigger. Making sure there is no current in the circuits of the motherboard is number 1 priority with that mod. As for powering it on to test, technically you can just plug it in and plug the centerconsole to turn on the laptop. Which is what I do for a very brief second to test the LED's but I didn't post this because I figured someone *ahem* would most likely short something. Or leave it on and burn out their cpu because no fan or heat sink is connected.
I was looking up on those lil micro leds, and wow, soldering those lil things are going to be a pain. I did order 5 of them, I think i'm going to only replace the power button led (8600 doesn't have this but latitude models do) and the power led on the hinge cover. I'm thinking that everything blue will be a lil overkill.
I'm also doing research on how to paint laptops/computer cases so if you guys have any articles or resources, please post links. I'm debating to paint the laptop midnight blue or a chemelion blue to black.
Well painting cases i do that already. is can get dirty but I get a car like finish afterworlds. Cases are not hard, but is a 4 day thing. i use spray paint to do that job. i first take off the original pain (sand it to the metal), and after clean it with water let it dry. After drying i make sure i clean any dust. Prime 3 times and 5 paint coats. you just have to make sure where ever u are doing this there is not dust or particles in the air. So don’t do it in your backyard or in open space u wouldn’t want a some stick to fall on it or a nut from a tree or any other particles.
hey spiike about the Laptop paint job don’t u have a 8600 chassis still y don’t use that as a test dummy and c what happens. ill look into paint plastic. I don’t really think is that same as metal.
the 8600 chassis is in the closet because if i still need to use my warranty then I need to swap back to the original chassis. I have an extra d800 lcd cover i'll practice on first. I heard of this paint called plastikote which works well with plastics. Also, isn't spray paint too thick?
not really and i do it on a computer case which really doesnt matter much. i can email you some Pics of the first computer i painted. now Computer MODs i love doing that heheh. A Dremel is my favo Tool notting can better then that. it does anything u want on a case. well i would try it with a laptop because of my warran. like that quake badge i can do something like that anyday is not hard. and of you mod ur desktop computers?
I just want to say thank you very much for all your effort here to get the few minor annoynaces on these machines fixed. I went out and bought some tape today and did the keyboard fix as may friends stood by slackjawed that I was opening up my new laptop when nothing was really "wrong."
Anyway, it all went together great. I used your pics in the trackpoint button mod and someone else's suggestion to use medicine backing (I used gum backing, and only because I didn't have a razor blade to cut the tape the appropriate amount) to get that working better. It's great. Have to get used to it NOT flexing now!
cuz i only hear people talk about the other mods and sayin thank you, but i dont c anyone saying anything about the Led MOD.
Hehehe, I'll admit it, I'm scared to start soldering things inside my laptop and void my warranty that I paid gonzo bucks for. Seriously, though, it looks ultra cool but I'm sure my roommates wouldn't be too pleased with my computer glowing all the time and what's the point of doing it if you can't show it off? Oh, and I'll say again, I shouldn't be allowed to touch a soldering iron... ever
Anyone else have pics of their LED mods? Maybe with different color lights?
True the soldering is limited and not on the computer it self.
Unfortunately, however you still managed to smoke your machine.
As soon as I have time I plan to give the LED mod a shot.
I am quite interested in the badge mod to so I think I will wait till that one is up and ready as well. The fewer times I have to take things apart the better.
nootrak4 I sincerely hope things better for you the second time around.