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Access Method for Feature Expansion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038421D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robbins, LH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A simple and convenient arrangement for gaining access to the inside of a system unit is shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The key elements, as shown in Fig. 1, consist of a system unit 10 which contains a system electronic card 12 and RAM memory card(s) 13 located under the keyboard 14 and inserted into the system electronic card 12. The keyboard 14 operates by pivoting about a pivot point from a storage position 14A to an operating position 14B as the system unit is opened. The keyboard 14 is mounted to the system unit at dual pivot points by snap-in features on the keyboard bezel 15A and in the base of the system unit 15B. Access is gained to the inside of the unit 10 by inserting a coin into slots 15C located in the base, as shown in Fig. 2, and prying up to free the keyboard from the snap pivot.

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Access Method for Feature Expansion

A simple and convenient arrangement for gaining access to the inside of a system unit is shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The key elements, as shown in Fig. 1, consist of a system unit 10 which contains a system electronic card 12 and RAM memory card(s) 13 located under the keyboard 14 and inserted into the system electronic card 12. The keyboard 14 operates by pivoting about a pivot point from a storage position 14A to an operating position 14B as the system unit is opened. The keyboard 14 is mounted to the system unit at dual pivot points by snap-in features on the keyboard bezel 15A and in the base of the system unit 15B. Access is gained to the inside of the unit 10 by inserting a coin into slots 15C located in the base, as shown in Fig. 2, and prying up to free the keyboard from the snap pivot. The keyboard 14 can then be removed to gain access to the inside of the unit. The unique features are a keyboard with snap tabs to hold it in place and also provide a pivot for moving from storage to operating positions, which can also be released by prying with a coin inserted into slots located in the base of the unit and which can then be removed for access to the inside of the unit. The major advantages are elimination of separate panels to gain access to inside of unit; structural integrity of the base unit is maintained since openings do not have to be provided for access; and a simple, convenient method for customer installation or re...