pls guys help with problem

December 19, 2012 at 22:06:20
Specs: Windows 7

hey guys.i seached for red light pc problem on google..and i find this if u found some solution for it..what i need to be done to cause stopping that red light always keep active during pc time..

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December 19, 2012 at 23:55:49

Need a bit more information that that.

Which red light are you referring to?

A red light is usually a power on indicator and will be on all the time the PC is turned on.


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December 20, 2012 at 04:35:01

Most PC's have two lights, a power light and a hard drive activity light. The power light will always be on when the PC is on and the hard drive activity light will flash whenever there is anything accessing your hard drive. These are normal. It appears (until you supply additional information) that you have read someone else's problem or imagined problem on the internet and went looking for trouble where there is none. If you are looking at any of these lights (color depends on the brand of the product) or the monitor's power light, there is nothing wrong. Please advise if I/we are wrong. If you are looking at any LED's on your motherboard, this very probably is normal also, but you can look online for your machine and/or motherboard and get details on what these internal LED's and their color and flashes mean.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 20, 2012 at 06:37:31

If he is referring to the hard drive activity light, he may be talking
about flashing that I consider abnormal and bothersome.

Almost 17 years ago, when I got Windows 95, the hard drive
activity light started flashing regularly. I got it to stop by removing
the printer software, which had a thingy that was constantly and
unnecessarily monitoring for printer messages.

With my current computer, the flashing has returned, not only in
Windows 7 but also in Ubuntu. It generally flashes once each
second, but there are often "grace notes" of extra flashes.
I have disabled a whole slew of different things but-- with one
exception-- it refuses to go away. Once, more than a year ago,
I did *something* that stopped the flashing, but it started up
again, and I forgot what I did that stopped it. I would do that
again if I could discover what it was.

I asked about the flashing on this forum some time ago, but
got no explanation of what might cause it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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December 20, 2012 at 09:24:51

If it is HD activity we should be able to help nail down the culprit.
However, we need more information so that we know exactly what this is about.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 20, 2012 at 10:34:51


I presume you are referring to the original poster's problem,
not mine. However, in my case, I should have made clear that
the HD light flashes every second (with occasional extra ones)
without any obvious reading or writing to the HD taking place.
It might be that Windows 7 and Ubuntu are constantly updating
some log files, but I haven't found any log files that have been
written to that frequently. I've tried to turn off logging not used
for problem detection and diagnosis.

I currently have Windows 7 and a version of Ubuntu from a couple
of years ago installed on two separate drives. Both have SMART
monitoring, so they keep track of the number of read and write
operations. That could be useful in determining whether they are
actually being read or written to.

The flashing occurs as soon as the OS is installed. No other
software is involved in either OS.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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December 20, 2012 at 11:29:40

Jeff Root

Yes indeed, I was referring to the original poster's problem. It seemed to me that without more detail we were all being left to guess.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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