Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Isensee, SH: AUTHOR [+3]
AbstractThe hard-drive light on PS/2s * and other computers are often not visible to the user.
The hard-drive light on PS/2s * and other computers are
visible to the user.
Many processors provide a hard drive indicator light
which shows when
the drive is being accessed. This is useful to the user because it
provides information about the progress and completion of a program.
When most PCs were desktop units, these lights were usually visible
to the user. As floor standing units have become more common, the
lights are often not visible.
Disclosed is a hard drive indicator light on computer
Since the user almost always has the monitor in front of them when
running a program, this will place the indicator light in a
convenient and useful location.
This idea can be extended to provide indicators on the
many other useful system functions. For example, indicators for the
following would be useful:
- Power turned on at the system unit - System unit being accessed
by another user on a network - Processor active/inactive -
drive in use - CD-ROM in use.
Implementation requires a cable running from the
processor to the
monitor. Additional lines can be added to existing monitor cables
rather than providing a separate cable.
* Trademark of IBM Corp.