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SubjectRe: PATCH : LEDs - possibly the most pointless kernel subsystem ever
On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 20:56:59 +0200
Herbert Pötzl <herbert@13thfloor.at> wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 07:44:57PM +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > > > But this kind of blinkenlights needed pretty fast LEDs. (At 486
> > > > time I decided that parport on ISA is fast enough..)
> > >
> > > I'll buy some LEDs and build a parallel port connected LED panel
> > > tomorrow... Do you think the overhead of driving the LEDs would
> > > have too much of a negative effect on system performance? If so,
> > > or if we
> >
> > I'm not sure. At 486 days I was pretty sure it did not matter. These
> > days you might get 10% slowdown on some microbenchmark, or something
> > like that. I do not think it can slow down common tasks.
> >
> > My construction of LED lights is extremely flaky, and I'm afraid of
> > burning printer port. At 486 days ports were expected to survive
> > such abuse. Not sure if todays EPP/wtf ports can handle that.
>
> parport uses 5V (actually a little less) so if you
> use normal (not extra super duper bright) leds and
> put a 1kOhm resistor in front of each led, then it
> will drain 5mA per led, which gives a total of 40mA
> for eight leds (for example)

5mA per LED on the same line. 40mA if you connect all to the same
dataline or GND-line.

>
> now for the parport: depending on the technology
> and the age of the circuit, it provides between
> 2 and 14mA output at >2.4V (the led usually requires
> less than 1.5V to operate) so this would be within
> the range ... but, if you want either extra brightness
> or extra security, you could provide +5V and use
> the outputlines as sink, which then is between
> 15 and 25mA ...
>
> anyway, parport should be short circuit safe, so
> the worst what could happen is, that the leds are
> not working ;) ...

Are you sure?? I thought this is true for serial-port...

>
> HTH,
> Herbert
>
> PS: I usually use 220Ohm and no external power ...

The same here...

greets

Marc
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