Computer power LED



  •  I recently bought a new computer and it has a slight annoyance. Whenever it's in stand by mode, the power LED blinks. On my previous computer, the LED would just be turned off. It's rather annoying to have a blinking LED in an otherwise dark room where you're trying to watch a film. I went to look in the BIOS to see if I could control the behaviour, but no such luck. So, I decided to simply unplug the power LED, it's not as if I use it anyway (normally I can tell if my computer is powered on by.... looking at the screen).

    So today my sister was visiting me. I had to look up something on the internet for her, so we were both at the computer. While browsing, she told me, "hey, your computer is broken". I asked, "why? what's up?". "The light is off". So I explained that the blinking LED was annoying m, so I unplugged it.

    Then she asked me: "but how will you know if your computer is turned on?".

     

    God I wish she was trolling, but she wasn't. 



  • @pbean said:

    . It's rather annoying to have a blinking LED in an otherwise dark room where you're trying to watch a film.
     

    Surely you use the computer to watch the film?


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Let me guess, it's one of those obnoxious blue bright blue eyeball raper LEDs that all the kids think "look cool", too.



  • My computer is frequently on while the monitor is off. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, that's one of Windows' default sleep modes.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    My computer is frequently on while the monitor is off. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, that's one of Windows' default sleep modes.

    My monitor has a horrible LED. You can turn it off while the monitor is on, but it will still continue to blink when it is off.



  • @derula said:

    My monitor has a horrible LED. You can turn it off while the monitor is on, but it will still continue to blink when it is off.

    Yeah, mine too. A small piece of dark tape fixed it, though.



  • @Weng said:

    Let me guess, it's one of those obnoxious blue bright blue eyeball raper LEDs that all the kids think "look cool", too.

    I've never seen a good explanation for this. Something to do with bandpass gap filters and chroniton particles. My LG L2000CP display has a blue power LED that's the same brightness as a green LED, but little bright patches (like antiverrucae) suggest that they've frosted the LED casing to cut down the light level. [1]

    The other rarity, also bandgap related it seems, is pure green LEDs, you know, lime green, not the yucky yellow-green we've been subjected to for decades. My camera's power LED is red/green bicolour (red for dictaphone mode), and it's a beautiful vivid blue-green with perfect viewing angle, none of the awful refraction problems and angular variance of normal LED casings (to say nothing of unshielded LEDs in network gear).

    DAMMIT the following text would be small if CS accepted font-size, <small> or <font size="1">
    DOUBLE DAMMIT it does, but when you hit Submit, you have to refresh the page to actually see the revised post … WTF CS?? (PS wtf is the matter with the tag selector)

    <font size="1">1. (and the LED can be turned off – I don't know about standby orange because my PC loses video power down capability after a couple of hibernate cycles, and now, more peculiarly, re-enters hibernation after five minutes if you don't interact with it after waking it -- this problem spontaneously appeared and has remained present after rebooting it)</font>



  • @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    LEDs

    You have the weirdest fetish.



  • @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    DAMMIT the following text would be small if CS accepted font-size, <small> or <font size="1">

    DOUBLE DAMMIT it does, but when you hit Submit, you have to refresh the page to actually see the revised post … WTF CS?? (PS wtf is the matter with the tag selector)

    It's somehow possible to create differently sized text in CS, but it doesn't work consistently across browsers and I forget how to do it every time.



  • No, it worked, but when I hit submit, I didn't realise that CS had handed me the unedited post. Of course, there's this thing called Preview ...



  • My "monitor" (apparently a HDTV but for all intents and purposes a monitor- it's even got a native res of 1440x900!) has one of those bring blue LEDs, but it only lights up when the monitor's off.

    You can turn it off in the menus, but that creates another problem as then there's no way to know whether you failed to push the power button in just the right way or it's just taking forever to power up like usual.



  •  Why don't you guys fix these lights the same way my wife addresses the "Check Engine" light on her car: black electrical tape.



  • @Weng said:

    Let me guess, it's one of those obnoxious blue bright blue eyeball raper LEDs that all the kids think "look cool", too.


    I once had a mouse with a blue led inside it. The guy who sat opposite me did not appreciate me using it due to the non stop eyeball raping.


    Fortunately for him, it was quite a crap mouse so it didn't stay very long... I think he privately did a little dance when I binned it!!!





  • @nexekho said:



    But, but, but, I like blue LEDs :/





    My Computer, Mouse, Monitor, X-fi control panel, keyboard, surround sound control panel, scanner, and UPS all glow bright blue. I could throw my own rave if i synced the blinking, beeping, and flashing lights...blinking and beeping and flashing - they're FLASHING and they're BEEPING. I can't stand it anymore! They're BLINKING and BEEPING and FLASHING! Why doesn't somebody pull the plug!



  • @derula said:

    @Daniel Beardsmore said:
    DAMMIT the following text would be small if CS accepted font-size, <small> or <font size="1">

    DOUBLE DAMMIT it does, but when you hit Submit, you have to refresh the page to actually see the revised post … WTF CS?? (PS wtf is the matter with the tag selector)

    It's somehow possible to create differently sized text in CS, but it doesn't work consistently across browsers and I forget how to do it every time.

    1. Edit the HTML
    2. Wrap the desired text in a div.
    3. Apply CSS style to the div to set text/font-related properties.
    4. Profit!




  • @pbean said:

    Whenever it's in stand by mode, the power LED blinks.
    Can't be as weird as the computers we get in at work... after the POST, "Loading Operating System" appears on the screen, and the power light blinks. Then the Windows logo screen comes up and Windows loads, and the power light stops blinking. I've never seen any other system do this... however now that we're starting to see the Sandy Bridge processors, they've changed motherboards as a result and now they don't do it.

    I fail to understand why the power light would need to flash at this point, though.@MeesterTurner said:
    I once had a mouse with a blue led inside it. The guy who sat opposite me did not appreciate me using it due to the non stop eyeball raping.
    I have a fancy schmancy Bluetrack mouse that has a blue LED in it... the only way to see it, though, is to turn it upside down (no cool tail light like my old Intellimouse Explorer), and even then the only way to make it eye raping (and don't ask me why I did this one day) is to put a piece of clear plastic over it.



  • @Reynoldsjt said:

    @nexekho said:
    But, but, but, I like blue LEDs :/
    My Computer, Mouse, Monitor, X-fi control panel, keyboard, surround sound control panel, scanner, and UPS all glow bright blue. I could throw my own rave if i synced the blinking, beeping, and flashing lights...blinking and beeping and flashing - they're FLASHING and they're BEEPING. I can't stand it anymore! They're BLINKING and BEEPING and FLASHING! Why doesn't somebody pull the plug!

    Is that another Airplane 2 reference? Christ.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Reynoldsjt said:
    @nexekho said:
    But, but, but, I like blue LEDs :/
    My Computer, Mouse, Monitor, X-fi control panel, keyboard, surround sound control panel, scanner, and UPS all glow bright blue. I could throw my own rave if i synced the blinking, beeping, and flashing lights...blinking and beeping and flashing - they're FLASHING and they're BEEPING. I can't stand it anymore! They're BLINKING and BEEPING and FLASHING! Why doesn't somebody pull the plug!

    Is that another Airplane 2 reference? Christ.

    Hey, I liked that movie! Are you blakeyrat, or what?

    ... oh, pardon...



  • @DaveK said:

    @derula said:
    It's somehow possible to create differently sized text in CS, but it doesn't work consistently across browsers and I forget how to do it every time.

    1. Edit the HTML
    2. Wrap the desired text in a div.
    3. Apply CSS style to the div to set text/font-related properties.
    4. Profit!


    Filed under: view source of the blinky bit to see an example

    There was no blinky bit for me in IE8; I had to load the page in FF to see the blinkiness. So, yeah, what derula said about cross-browser support.


  • @Scarlet Manuka said:

    So, yeah, what derula said about cross-browser support.

    Actually, I found out why font sizes sometimes didn't work for me. I had a user style for TDWTF forums that did "* { font-size:100% !important }" because I always found the font on here ridiculously small and was too lazy to come up with something more sane like "body { font-size:110% !important; } input, textarea { font-size:100% !important }". Fixed it now.



  • @Scarlet Manuka said:

    ...There was no blinky bit for me in IE8; I had to load the page in FF to see the blinkiness. So, yeah, what derula said about cross-browser support.

     

    IE8 ignores the <blink> tag? I think I found my new browser!

     



  • @RichP said:

    IE8 ignores the <blink> tag?
    It wasn't a blink tag.



  • I've never understood why certain browsers ignore <blink> but are perfectly happy to accept the CSS alternative.



  • @The_Assimilator said:

    I've never understood why certain browsers ignore <blink> but are perfectly happy to accept the CSS alternative.

    Because <blink> was a proprietary extension, whereas CSS is the unambiguous* standard.



  • @Xyro said:

    @The_Assimilator said:
    I've never understood why certain browsers ignore <blink> but are perfectly happy to accept the CSS alternative.

    Because <blink> was a proprietary extension, whereas CSS is the unambiguous* standard.
     

    The best thing about standards is there are so many to choose from . . .



  • @dhromed said:

    @Daniel Beardsmore said:
    LEDs
    You have the weirdest fetish.
    I know right?  He said all that without anti aliasing his fonts.  What a weirdo.

     



  • @belgariontheking said:

    @dhromed said:

    @Daniel Beardsmore said:
    LEDs
    You have the weirdest fetish.
    I know right?  He said all that without anti aliasing his fonts.  What a weirdo.

     

    wut?



  • @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    @dhromed said:

    @Daniel Beardsmore said:
    LEDs
    You have the weirdest fetish.
    I know right?  He said all that without anti aliasing his fonts.  What a weirdo.

    wut?

     

    I prefer turqoise and REAL reddish-fuchsia LEDs, instead of that cheap-ass magenta shit.

     



  • @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    @belgariontheking said:
    @dhromed said:
    @Daniel Beardsmore said:
    LEDs
    You have the weirdest fetish.
    I know right?  He said all that without anti aliasing his fonts.  What a weirdo.
    wut?
    dhromed's fetish involves fonts.

     



  • @belgariontheking said:

    dhromed's fetish involves fonts.

    By your collective standards that could apply to me, too. I'm miffed that even by Windows 7, ClearType still doesn't handle horizontal curves, so you still get very visible and most ugly aliasing in larger point sizes, and steps in letters like 'a' and 's' at small sizes depending on the font. I really feel that they dropped the ball there, although since WPF has proper fonts, maybe Windows 8 will finally treat us all to the end of aliasing.

    We're not yet at the stage where it would be a moot point: 300 DPI displays. Laptops have definitely encroached into high DPI, but not desktop displays yet.

    I am also mourning the demise of the HP LP2065 – still on my want list, but no longer sold anywhere. The last reasonably priced S-IPS 1600×1200 display, although the S-PVA Dell 2007FP isn't quite gone yet. I just don't trust S-PVA without seeing it in person as it can suck, not unless the price justifies it as a whim.



  • @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    I just don't trust S-PVA without seeing it in person as it can suck, not unless the price justifies it as a whim.
    I've got Dell 3008WFp (S-IPS) and Samsung 244T (S-PVA) next to eachother, and I prefer the picture on Samsung - blacks are almost completely black compared to Dell's very dark grey, and colours seem slightly more vibrant (though this might be simply due to better blacks).



  • PVA is known for its comparatively good black level, that's true. The only desktop VA I'm familiar with though is a Fujitsu P-MVA, which is ... more colour vomit than vibrant, but it's a decent panel. I'd be happy with two of those if that's what the Dell 2007FP is like.

    It's just wishful thinking though. What I am expecting this week is a "bluecube" PS/2 to USB adapter that should permit connection of my old 1980s ALPS keyboard (PC/AT → PS/2 → USB). Clicky clicky.



  • @dhromed said:

    @pbean said:

    . It's rather annoying to have a blinking LED in an otherwise dark room where you're trying to watch a film.
     

    Surely you use the computer to watch the film?

    Nah, probably uses a beamer like i do.

    (Side-WTF: Getting a 1500+ buck top-of-the-line-with-only-200-houres-on-it-most-of-which-mine-b/c-i-borrowed-sometimes-and-they-almost-never-used-it-b/c-only-i-,-another-student-and-the-it'er-who-only-came-once-every-two-weeks-knew-how-to-use-it from my old primary school for 30 bucks when they were moving in to a new building that already had smartboards (the beamer used to be their only one, now it's hard to fine a room without one). Best buy evar! (no cheap you-can-but-you'll-lose-a-lot-of-quality-zoom for me! (fully mechanical (as in: a physical lens moves to zoom) zoom baby!)))))



  • Whee necro. You must be a LISP fanatic.

    PS &your; &sig; &is; &screwed;

    PPS <NSAcceptMisspelledSelectors>


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