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Windows 7: LAN activity (blinking light) ... how to?


03 Sep 2009   #1

 
LAN activity (blinking light) ... how to?

What I miss with "7" is that the network icon does not show activity, even in the unscientific way that the old XP "two screens connected by a line" thing in the system tray used to do.

There may be a way to get "7" to do that... if so, I have completely missed it!

Not a deal breaker by any means, but there were times when something as basic and as visual as that would really help....


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06 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

This was discussed a while ago in a different thread, and one suggestion was to use Lan Lights which was originally developed for XP. In looking at the release notes, it has recently been updated to account for Windows 7 colors and to address large memory systems.

I have it running on my Windows 7 systems (32 bit) - I missed the blinking tray icon also.

A nice side benefit is that it shows a lot of other information as well, like totals, network activity, etc.
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06 Sep 2009   #3

,Windows 7-64.7600.16385 Ultimate
 
 

Good stuff eh

Now if we could just get the start menu back to the classic
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06 Sep 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSchaft View Post
This was discussed a while ago in a different thread, and one suggestion was to use Lan Lights
Oh yes.. I remember that package from ages ago!!!

Thanks for that. I'll dig it up and see what happens.

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06 Sep 2009   #5

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gazzasore View Post
Good stuff eh

Now if we could just get the start menu back to the classic
I used to LOVE Windows 3 style menus.... then I discovered DOS.... Well, at the time, we WERE migrating apps from CP/M
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06 Sep 2009   #6

 

No delete a message button (when you clicked the darn thing in error), huh?

Sorry 'bout the double posting.
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06 Sep 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSchaft View Post
This was discussed a while ago in a different thread, and one suggestion was to use Lan Lights which was originally developed for XP.
The author has some problems with it on 64bit systems.

Guess its not going to work for me then... Confirmed by the author - 32bit ONLY!

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07 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

bjrichus -

Sorry it doesn't work on 64 bit systems. Looks like the transition from 32 to 64 will be more difficult than the one from 16 to 31 was.

(BTW, you can get rid of a double post by clicking "edit" on the one you want to dump and then "delete" in the edit box. Don't fill in a reason, and then hit delete and it should automagically disappear. Worked for me.)
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07 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

One totally "off the wall" option - Comodo's free Firewall has an animated Tray icon that shows Upload & Download activity. Over the top for an activity indicator but if you want a good firewall and indication in x64
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07 Sep 2009   #10

windows 7 7057
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSchaft View Post
This was discussed a while ago in a different thread, and one suggestion was to use Lan Lights which was originally developed for XP. In looking at the release notes, it has recently been updated to account for Windows 7 colors and to address large memory systems.

I have it running on my Windows 7 systems (32 bit) - I missed the blinking tray icon also.

A nice side benefit is that it shows a lot of other information as well, like totals, network activity, etc.

Thank you for the post up, it works well with my 32 bit
Nice to have it back

Cheers
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