Archive for September, 2007
I got the Lian Li TR-3 and a bunch of quieter fans for my MythTv box. The installation of the TR-3 was pretty simple and it fitted into my Antec case without a problem. Also despite mentions of it nearly being impossible to use the brief instructions (it only has 2 buttons) explain how to control the device without to many problems.
The only issue I had was with the backlight for the LCD. I don’t like bright lights next to the TV, I have already disabled the case lights on my machine and disconnected the HDD light. Lian Li has used one of those super bright blue LEDs to illuminate the display. Unfortunately this was a heap brighter than everything else in the AV cabinet and in a darkened room nearly brighter than the TV itself. Also the display has a continually moving power monitor and a HDD graphic that moves when the hard drive is in use, making it quiet distracting.
Unfortunately it does not have an option to turn off or dim the backlight of the display, and I had to either dim the display or move it inside the case and replace the front bezel. A quick look at the lit display showed that the light was on the left hand side of the screen.
Removing the screws on either side of the TR-3 bezel reveals the LCD display. The LED light and a diffuser are located on the left hand side of LCD display. I snipped both wires, but you only need to cut one of the connections. I am happy with the display not being on at all. If you wanted to dim the display instead you could put a resistor in place and reduce the LEDs brightenss.
Obviously this treatment voids the warranty of your device, and you want to make sure that it works before chopping any wires. Getting the TR-3 back together is pretty easy. Just put the buttons in the bezel and then lay the circuit boards into the bezel.