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Eject Transfer Button for 3.5 Floppy Disk Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118964D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dials, E: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device by which the eject button of a Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) can be actuated by a transfer button. This transfer button is situated in an aesthetically pleasing bezel which covers the front of the FDD. This bezel can be custom designed to create a unique look for the computer for which it is designed. The transfer button is what allows the use of a bezel situated in front of the FDD.

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Eject Transfer Button for 3.5 Floppy Disk Drive

      Disclosed is a device by which the eject button of a Floppy
Disk Drive (FDD) can be actuated by a transfer button.  This transfer
button is situated in an aesthetically pleasing bezel which covers
the front of the FDD.  This bezel can be custom designed to create a
unique look for the computer for which it is designed.  The transfer
button is what allows the use of a bezel situated in front of the
FDD.

      A solution is described herein for a transfer button that
allows for the use of differing FDD along with different bezel
"looks".  The button in question must be able to transfer the
function from the one on the FDD to the front of the bezel.  This
transfer is to emulate the FDD.  When there is no FDD media, the
button is in its home state.  When media is present, the button is in
an extended state, visible to the user.  This is accomplished by
means of a captured button on a spring steel piece mounted in the
bezel.  Ideally, the movement of the transfer button should be in
line with the button of the FDD.

      In order to accomplish this in-line travel, a unique
quasi-gimbal mount was developed.  The spring steel piece forms an
arm that holds the button against that of the FDD while allowing it
to go through its range of motion.  If the button were to be fixed to
the arm, it would rotate through an arc as it travels through a hole
in the bezel.  In some cases, this may be acceptable and in...