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Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011   •   Category: PC Circuits


PC LED Load is a device and software designed to display many shades of colors from green to red on your computer case LED. Colors are controlled completely by software and can be updated in real-time. The PC LED Load circuit board is connected to one of the internal USB ports found on most newer motherboards. The only actual case modification required is in replacing the two (or more) front panel LEDs with tri-color versions. These are then connected to the PC LED Load circuit board.

Ethernet Weather Station
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010   •   Category: PC Circuits

Ethernet Weather Station

Using an add-on card to the already existing avr ethernet board we build a weather station. That is: A weather station with a build-in webserver. My original plan was to have sensors for temperature, air pressure and wind. I started a prototype and it worked very well except for the wind measurement part. I plan to improve the wind measurement hardware and add it at a later point in time.

Dual Fan Controller
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008   •   Category: PC Circuits

Dual Fan Controller

Each fan turns off when the temperature drops 5 degrees below its turn-on temperature. For example, if the dial is set to 80 degrees, the fan turns on at 80 degrees and turns off at 75 degrees. This prevents the fan from cycling on and off rapidly, which would occur if the fan turned on at 80, started to cool the cabinet, and then immediately turned off at 79.

Controlling Devices Through a Computer's Parallel Port
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008   •   Category: PC Circuits

Controlling Devices Through a Computer

This is a very easy and fun to build project that will allow you to control up to eight external devices through your computer's parallel port. You may for instance control different appliances such as lamps, computers, printers, tv sets, radios, music systems, air conditioners, air fans, garden sprinklers and anything else you can think of, all through your computer. You can do a simple test by connecting a LED directly to a ground and any PINs 2 through 9 of your parallel port. The voltage on the parallel connectors is around 4.5V but it drops to around 2V once you connect the LED. You may use a 100 Ohm resistor if you want to, but it is not necessary since the current is very low.

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