Optical drive activity light has got to go

By delluel ยท 32 replies
Apr 1, 2017
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  1. I play a lot of cds and in my rig the cd/dvd player blinks constantly a bright green. Thing is, this machine isn't sitting under a desk, its sitting under my tv. Has anyone ever found a way to disable the activity blinking light on any optical drive?
  2. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +252

    Stick a small bit of tape over it.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,068   +1,341

    Power it off
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,121   +654

    I usually use tape
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,996   +2,385

    A chewing gum?
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,951   +1,119

    Black permanent marker or black automotive touchup paint (little bottle with the brush and pen).
  7. Justin Faull

    Justin Faull TS Rookie

    As amstech said, black marker or black touch up paint. I'd take everything apart and hit the LED with some sandpaper to make it easier for the marker or paint to grab onto it.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,037   +1,461

    Unless you plan on opening it and desoldering the LED, a tape or black market should do it. I don't believe there is a "software" way of stopping it.
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  9. Invizibleyez

    Invizibleyez TS Enthusiast Posts: 69   +18

    Foil sticker
  10. stonarda

    stonarda TS Booster Posts: 142   +18

    Electrical tape :D
  11. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Booster Posts: 73   +45

  12. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,723   +336

    Electrical tape or something removable if you change your mind. If you want to stay classy, get a HTPC case with a slim form factor style, no LED like a SilverStone SOD03 drive or something similar, otherwise tape will work just fine. Yes, you'll probably have to build a new PC since the parts won't fit. Use this as an excuse for the spouse if they are the one asking to dim it. lol *Any reason is a good reason to build a new PC.

    Post pictures of your PC. I'd like to see it.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,537   +1,069

    A bit of tape. I want to be cool like the other 4 guys who said tape already.

    Edit: In the time it took me to write this, another cool guy made my 4 guys into 5.
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  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,723   +336

  15. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +1,287

    As everyone has said, tape. Heck, there is has been a market for this issue for quite some time. Just search for "light cover sticker" That is if you want to buy a product specifically meant for it.
  16. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 629   +403

    Put the drive backward or better put the cpu case sideward :) Have a great day!
  17. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,385   +345

    I've dug into my drive and snipped one of the LED leads before... Not exactly elegant, but it's effective.

    You could also try finding some tinted plastic / film, and cut a small piece to fit right over the light. I did that on a rectangular LED I had on an HTPC unit, where the LED was eyeball-melting bright when looking at it straight on. Snipped a little tinted film to match the size, a drop of clear superglue, and I have a very subdued LED indicator. Might be useful in the case of an optical drive, so you can tell if your drive is spinning up (troubleshooting bonus later).
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  18. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 683   +409

    Burn it with a laser or focused sun beams.
  19. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,594   +1,742

    Easy, open it up and cut the positive wire. Did the same thing to the trunk button on my key fob because the trunk would open whenever I put my keys in my pocket. Cut the trace wire and put a dab of hot glue over the connection
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017
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  20. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 202   +50

    That wouldn't work if the LED is directly on the circuit board like on the Arduino Uno. You'd have to unsolder it like Puiu said.It'd be hard if you have little to no experience with soldering, let alone if you have a soldering iron. Soldering irons aren't a common household item.

  21. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,385   +345

    True, but we're talking an optical drive here... The LED is often remotely connected when compared to the driver board, in my experience (but it's not like I take DVD drives apart regularly, so that may vary depending on model, hardware generation, alignment of stars, etc.).

    But, to be fair, the "open and snip" process in itself can be a bit daunting. You have to have the micro screwdrivers, steady hands, and usually try not to do anything in the disassembly process that might disturb the disc drive's physical mechanism - that's a genie that is hard to stuff back in the bottle, once it escapes.
  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,537   +1,069

    I'll put it out there just in case, use dark thick tape.
  23. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,594   +1,742

    Just pull it off... There are also two sides to a circuit bored, you can cut the traces on the other side. It really doesn't matter if it's the positive or ground trace either, it's just good practice to go for the positive.

    actually looking further at it you can see the traces, just cut one.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017
  24. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 202   +50

    That could cause damage to other parts of the board.

    Plenty of good points. whether or not the LED is directly on the circuit board probably depends on the quality of the DVD/cd drive. Your average off the shelf media centers from Staples/Office Depot/etc probably are as you describe.
  25. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,594   +1,742

    Well the traces are visable on the picture you showed. If you don't want to cause damage to the board you can cut the traces and twist the component off. While there is a CHANCE you could damage the board it's unlikely if you do it right. Like I said before I just cut the positive, dab it with hot glue and be done with it.

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