DVD-ROM Window with Blue LED Mod. GuideFormer staff writer -
For the placement of the LEDs, I decided to use a indentation in the top cover. I drilled two holes toward the window to place the blue and white LEDs. Then drilled another hole toward the back of the unit to pass the LED power cables through. If you have a flat-top drive with no indentations. You could glue or tape your LEDs to the underside of the top cover
The first thing that you want to do is remove the face-plate from the drive. To make this happen, use a paper-clip to eject the disk-tray and remove its face by sliding it up with a little pressure. Then find the tabs that are along the edge of the drives face-plate. Push these in and pull the face-plate out.
Looking at the underside of the top cover, you will see a plastic spindle. This keeps your optical disk from flopping around. So, this needs to stay! Notice how I marked the cut-line for my window around it. I have another optical drive that has this spindle mounted on a crossbar above the disc, but below the top cover. This would make things easier, as you wouldn't have to cut around it. I just didn't want to mess up my new CD-RW if this mod didn't work. I will be modding that one to though, now that I know it works.
Now it is time to cut the hole for your window. I used a Dremel with a fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheel to cut my hole. Remember Safety First!!! This was by-far the worst part of the project. Next, we have a test fit to see how she'll look. Starting to look good!