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Auxiliary Front On-Off Actuator for Personal Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061570D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bratton, WE: AUTHOR

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a front mounted auxiliary on-off actuator switch assembly is provided as an add-on device to the IBM Personal Computer (PC). The front-mounted accessory provides easy access to switch the PC on or off in the event the computer is rack mounted or positioned in such a way so as to require frontal accessibility to the on-off switch. Using the existing switch 10, as shown in the figure, which is located at the rear right side of the PC, three self-adhering foam pads 11 are positioned to the side cover of the PC. Mounting plate 12 is then positioned onto pads 11. Front switch bezel 13 is then mounted onto mounting plate 12.

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Auxiliary Front On-Off Actuator for Personal Computers

A technique is described whereby a front mounted auxiliary on-off actuator switch assembly is provided as an add-on device to the IBM Personal Computer (PC). The front-mounted accessory provides easy access to switch the PC on or off in the event the computer is rack mounted or positioned in such a way so as to require frontal accessibility to the on-off switch. Using the existing switch 10, as shown in the figure, which is located at the rear right side of the PC, three self- adhering foam pads 11 are positioned to the side cover of the PC. Mounting plate 12 is then positioned onto pads 11. Front switch bezel 13 is then mounted onto mounting plate 12. Auxiliary switch lever 15 is mounted inside front switch bezel 13 to enable nylon-coated steel cables 16 to be attached to auxiliary switch lever 15 at one end while attached to adjuster connector link 17 at the other end. Switch lever 18 is attached through retainer 14 to adjuster connector link 17. Retainer 14 is then mounted onto mounting plate 12. An adjustment is provided in adjuster connector link 17 to adjust for the required operational tension of cables 16. When positioned in place, cables 16 are wrapped around upper and lower nylon rollers 19 so that when auxiliary switch lever 15 is in the down position, adjuster connector link 17 is pulled down so that switch lever 18 is also pulled down, enabling switch 10 to be positioned off. When auxiliary switc...