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I've changed the light bar in my SGI Octane case a number of times previously. At first I got it working as its original red with an ATX motherboard that I put inside, then I updated it to shine bright white. This time around I wanted to have it as a blue glow. It was a small job since I had a spare light bar PCB from the previous time already. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

There are two previous posts that are relevant to this one:

I won't go into the details of the PCB design in this post since that is already covered in the second post mentioned just above.
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So my server has a number of drives inside, this means that the light bar is flicking on a fair amount. I wanted a bit of a change from plain white, but lets see what it was before I changed it...

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I've unplugged the light strip and tried out one of the new blue LEDs next.
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I had to bend the LEDs as before. It's fiddly work, but it's necessary.

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A little bit of solder, and all the components are in place.

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Then all is left to do is connect the new board...
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...and finally some photos with the case back on and showing different illumination levels.

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