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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-24 10:47
Subject: Blue LEDs? Why?
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The last leprechaun gremlin is now dead. Last night, I popped into PC World in Cambridge (local computer shop: "no demand, guv, no demand"), and picked up a Socket A CPU cooler, and a motherboard chipset fan. Both needed replacing, with the fans stuttering, and the overheat alarm wailing any time I turned the volume up. I've just fitted both, and apart from the fact that I deeply loathe fitting Socket A heatsinks (it requires a combination of delicacy and brute force in a restricted space, with easily damaged components nearby), it's all gone OK, and is back to working properly. I'm now running Seti to get both processors running at maximum to check that there's not going to be any more heat problems.

Ignoring the fact that the CPU heatsink is very slightly crooked (it's wedged against another heatsink, being somewhat larger than what it replaces), I have one question. Why, oh why, does it insist on having blue LEDs in the fan? What earthly good does that do? It looks really daft in an office.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-24 10:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You should see our office. Multiple computers, mice, monitors, switches, routers and monitors. Each of which insists on at least one LED so you can see that it's on. I'd say that the less something does, the more it seems to need LEDs (the big 24" LCD monitors are really quite restrained).

Compensation, I reckon. All those minor components seem to have an inferiority complex, and you don't get much more minor than a fan, which in an ideal world isn't actually required. Hence it needs massive amounts of bling.
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User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-10-25 08:49 (UTC)
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I was intrigued to see that Dell have put programmable lights in their lap-tops - you can have any RGB combination, soft lilac is nice :-)
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