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Question Software to turn on LED when Media Center is recording

I know this one used to work some time ago:
LEDSDriver - http://slicksolutions.eu/ledsdriver.shtml

But I tried it on Windows 8.1 x64 and it did nothing - it didn't detect my LED that I connected to COM port, didn't detect keyboard LED either.
Does anyone know if it's supposed to work with Windows 8.1 64-bit? Or, is there another solution?

Another question - does their MCE standby tool still prevent PC from waking up with latest x64 OS? Their forum seems to be inactive.

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I know this one used to work some time ago:
LEDSDriver - http://slicksolutions.eu/ledsdriver.shtml

But I tried it on Windows 8.1 x64 and it did nothing - it didn't detect my LED that I connected to COM port, didn't detect keyboard LED either.
Does anyone know if it's supposed to work with Windows 8.1 64-bit? Or, is there another solution?

Another question - does their MCE standby tool still prevent PC from waking up with latest x64 OS? Their forum seems to be inactive.
I don't think this is a really clean or elegant solution, but an LED status device does sound useful. What is wrong with the HD activity signal that is built into almost all mother boards??
A really neat device would be a blue-tooth box with your blinking LED's. Ka-ching.
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Are you sure the com port is active in bios?
Not sure about 8.1 support, maybe ask here: http://www.degroeneknop.nl/forum/ind...83&board=146.0

Are you hooked up like this: http://www.degroeneknop.nl/forum/ind...ic,4855.0.html ?
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I don't think this is a really clean or elegant solution, but an LED status device does sound useful. What is wrong with the HD activity signal that is built into almost all mother boards??
Sorry for long delay. The wrong part is that blinking HDD LED is no indication of recording mode whatsoever. HDD LED will also blink when I watch movies, or when Windows downloads program guide, updates, makes backup, defragments HDD or whatever else it decides to do unattended.

I'm trying to turn PC into an appliance, and knowing immediately if HTPC is recording or not helps. With recording LED I would know if I can turn it off without switching receiver to HTPC input, for example. Sometimes HTPC wakes up without a clear reason and I would like to see if it's recording or not.

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Are you sure the com port is active in bios?
Not sure about 8.1 support, maybe ask here: http://www.degroeneknop.nl/forum/ind...83&board=146.0

Are you hooked up like this: http://www.degroeneknop.nl/forum/ind...ic,4855.0.html ?
Yes, COM port is enabled in BIOS and I tried two ways to connect LEDs. I have extra HDD LED and some regular LEDs with resistors and connectors that go to MB COM port pins. I don't have other devices that use COM ports to test, though. But, I read that LEDSdriver should also work with keyboard LEDs, and this doesn't seem to be the case.

I better quote what I posted in LEDSdriver forum almost a week ago here: http://www.degroeneknop.nl/forum/index.php?topic=8513.0

"I tried two methods - directly connecting LED with resistor to motherboard COM port and solderless method with HDD LED and jumper.
COM port shows up in driver manager but LEDSdriver doesn't seem to work, system tray application just doesn't start and keyboard LEDs are not detected either.

LEDSdriver.exe runs when started manually, it shows a dialog box with options when it doesn't recognize command line. But, when I run LEDSdriver LOGDETECT it doesn't produce any log."

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