Any Mac I can put this IDE LED light into?

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  1. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

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    I pulled this three-prong IDE LED light from an external drive enclosure. I thought it would be cool to stick it inside of some old Mac and maybe let it poke out from behind a fan or some opening.

    I know I could easily stick this in a Windows PC that has those prongs right on the board, but is there an old Mac I can put this inside of? I don't want to do any rewiring, although it DOES seem as though Macs don't have these prongs right on the motherboard.

    Here is the device:


    Any suggestions? Thanks.
     

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  2. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    What exactly is that? Where does it plug into? Does it plug into an IDE port? Is it a hard drive indicator light?

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    Oh so it looks like that plugs into a special connector on the mobo for lights. I don't know of any mac that has those ports.
     
  3. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    I can't recall any Mac that had any kind of HDD activity light. Many of your old Mac users would enable an extension or control panel that used a little drive icon or pixel in the upper left of the screen to indicate drive activity
     
  4. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    Most hard drives have a couple of pins for attaching an activity LED.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    You could put in it one of my Macs! ;)
     
  6. PowerMac G4 MDD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Whoops---I forgot to mention that it's a normal, blue, LED light. It's not a blinking activity light---rather, it illuminates to show that the external enclosure has been switched on.

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    I forget to mention that it's NOT an activity light, it is just a normal LED. That's what I was thinking---I hadn't seen any common prongs in my Macs and was wondering if they were just in some odd place (or if it HAS to be on the motherboard).

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    The only other pins I see on an IDE hard drive are reserved for the Master, Slave, etc. selectors (unless those also work for LEDs).
     
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Quantum Prodrive LPS has an LED that plugs directly into the hard drive.
    Quantum Fireball has an led in the middle of the logic board.

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    I think most hard drives actually don't... only the old ones like the Quantums. The Quantum Prodrive LPS has an LED plug on the front, for a yellow LED.

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    Well in that case just connect the LED to the power source.
     
  8. PowerMac G4 MDD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    In what way? I'm not looking to do any re-wiring; if so, I'd rather get better lights.
     
  9. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Blinkenlights despoil any computer. Don't do it.
     
  10. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    The Quadra 700 had an activity light. Maybe some other 68k machines as well.
     

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