DVD-ROM Window with Blue LED Mod. Guide
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: October 22, 2002
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
This is the optical drive we are going to be modding today. It is a Creative 5x DVD-ROM, Model number DVD5240E. I have had this drive for almost 4 years now, kick-ass when it came out, still makes a good DVD player.
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.
The next thing, is to remove the top cover from your drive. There are four screws on the bottom of the drive that need to be removed. Then the top will pop off, letting you see what is inside. Now is time to check for any clearance problems you might have and make sure there is room for the LEDs.
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!
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.
Now it is time to place the LEDs. To hold the LEDs in place I used some good old-fashioned hot-glue. Next, I did some tests. I put a CD into the drive and put the cover back on. I will be powering the LEDs with 7v from the power supply. To get the 7v I need I will pull power from the 12v and the 5v lines. The yellow cable being 12v and the red being 5v. I used two 5mm LEDs that have a voltage range of 3.5v to 5v and wired them in series. Looks sweet, Now a shot in the dark!
Now that's what I am talking about! Time to wire it up permanently.
For cable I used two 22AWG stranded core, each about 8 inches long. I pulled these cables out of an old case. I soldered one end of each cable to the LEDs and covered them with heat-shrink tubing. Make sure you slip the heat-shrink on the wire before you solder the connections. Then I ran the cables through the hole I drilled on the other side of the indentation.
Here you see the cable sticking out the back of the optical drive after the top has been put back on. The cable will run to an unused molex connector from the power supply. The next pic is of the drive put back together with the face-plate back on, ready to go into my computer.
The optical drive back in my computer, doesn't that look sweet! I did not use any plexi on top of the drive for clearance reasons. Plus the drive sits close to the window on top of my case.
Lights Out, Looking Good!!!
Great Mod if you have a window in the top of your case. It really looks good at night when a disc is spinning away.