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How to connect 12 LEDs to the computer's parallel port (LPT)

Content

Facilities for LED

Circuit diagram

Panel example

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BIOS settings

^ Facilities for LED

In first I need 1 led.

The red LED

 

Find motherboard's LPT port. Locate pin labels.

 

LPT connector. How to locate labels

 

Check numbers.

 

LPT Pins and numbers

 

Join LED to pins 2 and 18.

 

LED directly on LPT

 

Now I can use WndLpt to control this LED.

 

Flashing LED in LPT socket

 

^ Circuit diagram for 12 LEDs

I can directly connect up to 12 LEDs to the LPT port. It's very simple.

Some people like to connect only eight LEDs. It's not problem. The WndLpt program can manage any number of LEDs from 1 to 12.

 

It's time to make following circuit. We see face of motherboard's LPT port or DB25F Face (or DB25M Back side) on it.

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Circuit - How to connect 12 LEDs to the computer's parallel port (LPT)

 

Same circuit otherwise.

 

Old circuit

^ LEDs panel example

It is a good day to mount the LEDs on the panel.

I take any dark plastic surface and drill 12 holes on a circle.

 

12 LEDs panel example

 

I aspire to that view.

 

LEDs Panel Photos in the night

^ Photo session

 

Hole

Hole for LED

Led
LED in the hole

 

Panel with 12 LEDs, face.

 

LEDs panel, face

 

Back side.

 

LEDs panel, back

 

Map circuit to panel.

 

Mapped panel

 

How to fix led.

 

Fixing LEDs

 

DB-25M Connector

 

Switchplug DB-25M

 

DP-25C case for DB-25M

 

Case DP-25C for DB25M

 

Join DP-25C and DB-25M

 

Join DB-25M and DP-25C

 

Male connector for LPT port (DP-25C and DB-25M)

 

Switchplug DB-25M + DP-25C

Night

LEDs in the night

Easy effect

^ BIOS settings — only if LEDs glow with low brightness level

Enter to the BIOS. Set this parameters:

 

[Integrated Peripherals]

Onboard Parallel Port = Enabled or 0x378h

Parallel Port Mode = EPP

 

Select Save & Exit Setup and press Y.