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Modding a sound card? Sure, why not?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by 1ceTr0n, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. 1ceTr0n

    1ceTr0n

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    My new Sound Blaster Z is defintely much better looking then the X-Fi Titanium I had in my case, especially with the red EMI shield and LED's. But, honestly, was just TOO much red and it was time to fix that...
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    Let's mod!

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    4 screws and the SBZ comes easily apart
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    The LED is somewhat between a normal 5mm and 3mm LED in size. I erred on the side of caution and went with the 5mm as I rather have too much white light then too little.
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    After some man handling with my own two hands, pliers and soldering gun and nearly burning myself and melting the static bag, I got that red little bastard out finally
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    Installing the new LED was a helluva alot simplier
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    Moment of truth...... Wooo hooo! She works!!
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    Now that goes with my Asus Republic of Gamers themed case MUCH better
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    I came in expecting op-amp and/or capacitor modding. Pleasantly surprised nonetheless. Have you tried modding the LED lights on other stuff such as computer cases or routers? I really hate the bright blue lights that everything seems to use these days and wouldn't mind replacing them with dim red lights that are easier on the eyes.
     
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    I have done many case LED's over the years as they typically are 3mm or 5mm sized LED. Routers and such are usuall the very small square sized, which makes them tough to remove and replace without damaging them due to heat from soldering gun. If you had a REALLY small soldering tip gun and steady hand, I suppose it would be possible, if you could get proper sized and voltage LED's to replace then with unless your REAL good with circuits then you could add resisters to reduce the current.

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