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I recently finished my first water cooling loop and went with an orange and black color scheme. I picked up some xigmatek orange fans with white leds, and switched out the wire leds with orange ones. They turned out so much nicer than I had pictured. All the cables are sleeved in orange and black as well. My only complaint is the green power led on the motherboard. It sticks out like a sore thumb. I was thing about switch that out with an orange one I have laying around but don't know if it would affect the motherboards performance at all. For instance, if the power led was wired into the main power circuit and if the replacement leds specs didn't match the original, the system wouldn't receive any power at all. Anyone out there in the OCN community have any experience doing this? Any other thoughts?

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post #2 of 10
You could just cover the LED using a tape or something like that.
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^^This
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Most likely its a surface mount LED, which means if youre asking this question, you dont have the skill to replace it.
I would suggest putting a little dap of paint or nail polish on it to cover it up, Im not sure how well tape would work/stick.
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yeah, what he said. But IF you manage to change the led, it will not effect the mobos performance at all. The led is in no way connected to anything important.
    
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Actually guys, it's a standard T-1, 3 mm LED. Easily changed if you are good at soldering/rework. Though, if your asking how. I'd seriously recommend taking it to a qualified electronics tech. A mobo is not what you want to learn to solder on. They are far too delicate for a beginner.

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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop View Post
Actually guys, it's a standard T-1, 3 mm LED. Easily changed if you are good at soldering/rework. Though, if your asking how. I'd seriously recommend taking it to a qualified electronics tech. A mobo is not what you want to learn to solder on. They are far too delicate for a beginner.

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Wow thats odd. Ive never seen a through board LED on a mobo before. I wonder if it goes all the way through.
But yah, still nothing for a novice to take on.
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Wow thats odd. Ive never seen a through board LED on a mobo before. I wonder if it goes all the way through.
But yah, still nothing for a novice to take on.
Lot's of Asus still use them. I usually swap them out, as I can't stand them (usually when I'm changing out fan headers & such). I wish I had a the capability (lacking equipment, not skill ) of doing SMD rework, because I'd seriously change out the ones on my current board. :/
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post #9 of 10
To the OP

Have you tried turning the LED off in the BIOS? My MSI board has a couple annoying LEDs that I was able to disable in the BIOS after a little digging around.
post #10 of 10
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I would have no problem actually replacing it. I work in the fireworks industry and I'm constantly replacing surface mount resistors, diodes, etc. that go bad in our field firing modules. I have a desoldering gun at work so if its a pass through led(which I'm 99% sure it is) then it would only take about 30 seconds to remove it. Plus another 30 to solder the new one in. Also, I'm pretty sure that's a 5mm led, same idea though

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