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Blue display on front panel getting dim

By BorisandBailey
Jan 7, 2009
  1. Here's a question about a dumb little feature with no real purpose but looks: the blue display on the front panel of my computer case is getting dim. If I take off the panel and look behind it, what should I look for? A small battery that needs replacement? Or would it be part of a software configuration?

    Here's an attached image of it that I took last summer. It's the bright blue rectangle with the digital letters between the two vertical lights.
     

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  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    LEDs do burn out. Sometimes quick, sometimes slowly. In your posted picture, what part is getting dimmer? There is no battery involved
     
  3. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 154

    The entire rectangular window in the middle of the case, just above the buttons. Would this be a complete unit with a wire that I would have to replace?
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    There might be an LED hot glued to the assembly, that can be replaced
     
  5. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 154

    That sounds like the answer. I'll go looking for LEDs.
     
  6. xerras

    xerras TS Rookie

    I have the same exact case, and HAD the same exact problem,
    At times the panel would be ok and then it would be dim.
    Very difficult to remove the chassis front panel. I tried and thought better.
    However I did resolve the problem. I noticed while the computer was running, if I moved the wires connected to the front display panel it would go from dim to bright. I disconnected the molex feeding power to the display and used a different molex. Since I did that the display has stayed bright.
    I hope that will cure your problem as well.
    Let us know.
     
  7. xerras

    xerras TS Rookie

    BTW you claim the panel is jusy a cosmetic gimmick. Not really........it furnishes cpu, hdd ,and graphic card temps in c/f degrees. It also displays the system fan operation.
     
  8. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Thank you! I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
     
  9. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Well, I tried changing molexes and fiddling with the wires. No luck, but I think that narrows it down.
     
  10. xerras

    xerras TS Rookie

    Sorry, you weren't able to fix the prob. but if the display still is illuminated, then I would guess a wire has become disconnected. The wire s wich are connected to the display are hot glued on the connections, so it is difficult to trouble shoot this prob.
    I have a new case and tried to find a similar display to mod the case. Seems like they are only sold in a 3.5 bay type housings. And those I saw were c- - - , compared to the one like we have.
     
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