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Crucial Ballistix Tracer Lights: Disabled?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Asulc, 9 Jul 2008.

  1. Asulc

    Asulc Member

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    Is there any way to disable the activity lights on the top of the Ballistix Tracer Ram? I really like the blue leds around the side, but the activity lights would get annoying for me...
     
  2. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    Electrical tape?
     
  3. Guest-23315

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    Win. I use that technique on my DFI.
     
  4. Asulc

    Asulc Member

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    so you can't straight up disable the lights?
     
  5. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Without a physical DIP switch, there's no real way to interact with your RAM through software, except fill it up. :)
     
  6. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    desolder them? would work for me then put a normal diode in place? im guessing they are surface mount so it shouldnt be to hard if you know how to use a soldering iron. will probably void the warranty though
     
  7. Asulc

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    ok, well if I do get them, i will probably just use tape. Thank you all for your help and your suggestions!
     
  8. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Good plan tbh, I should've said this in the first place, but a bit of black electrical tape will do a cracking job. :)
     
  9. DarthDVD_AU

    DarthDVD_AU Whats a dremel compaired to a lazer

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    DONT WHAT EVER YOU DO..
    DO NOT COVER THE RAM WITH A SMALL RUBBER TIPE (from a water drip) that has a slit down one end.... a mate of mine killed his ram. it didnt fail right up.... it degraded over a few days.... but it was very unstable when it had it on... so he took it off... and then had random fails and then totaly failed....
    im not sure if the tape will do the same thing.
     
  10. Asulc

    Asulc Member

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    Wait, so you are saying don't cover the entire ram module with tape? I wasn't planning on it, just the lights at the top if I do get this ram.
     
  11. DarthDVD_AU

    DarthDVD_AU Whats a dremel compaired to a lazer

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    My friend only covered the lights himself... it still killed/mamed his ram..
    however... the tape is very very thin (compeared to a rubber hose)
    also the tape does not insulate as much as the hose.
    so you may have better luck than my mate
     
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  12. Smegwarrior

    Smegwarrior Fighting the war on smeg

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    Why not just buy the ones without the lights?
     
  13. tranc3

    tranc3 ADHD Modder

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    agreed.
     
  14. Asulc

    Asulc Member

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    Well, it was for the black cover, but the one without the lights would work too.
     
  15. Smegwarrior

    Smegwarrior Fighting the war on smeg

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    Simple, get the ones without the lights and use a texta (marker, sharpie etc) to make it black, the ink shouldn't do too much to the heat transfer properties of the heatsink.
     
  16. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    get something to cover the ram and "stealth" em so you can't see them or behind them. Kinda like a giant ram cooler thing, or as i've seen in mods, a mesh over top sorta thing. Or is that too much work for an everyday pc that often get's moved around and has parts switched out?
     
  17. orion23

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    I also want to do the same thing....

    Reasons for choosing the TRACER RAM and not the regular ballistix...well, the black color, and the blue LED lights @ the bottom. It is just the ACTIVITY lights that are very annoying and constantly flashing a red-ish color (blue wouldn't be so bad)

    Here is the best solution I've found so far:

    http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=547864

    Or you can use a straw, cut it to the size and put it on top of the ram (someone elses idea..)

    http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=53533&page=3
     
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  18. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    Just get a piece and spray it black then put it in, then you don't have to see them at all.
     
  19. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    Yep, I used to use that on my mobo cos the lights were way to bright at night. It's amazing how one single LED can prevent me from sleeping at night!
     
  20. orion23

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    Just tried the straw mod and it worked just fine.

    Get a straw
    Cut it to the right lenght
    Cut it across so that it can be set flat or inserted over the RAM
    Cover it with black electrical tape
    Put it over the RAM

    Why not just use the electrical tape on the RAM itself? A little more room for air flow, no crappy residue from the tape....and the straw is easier to remove / replace!
     

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