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Mains leads

Message #1 - Posted 2007/11/30 - T i m

Hi Some,

Did any of the iMac models come with strain relief facilities on the mains leads do you know, the sort of thing that would stop the mains lead pulling / falling out when you turned the screen (unit) a few degrees to stop reflections or share the screen with a fellow student etc?

I have had that happen on stand alone CRT's but then so doing doesn't lose all your open data and most of the stand alone TFT's I've used do have cable guides built into the stand so they don't generally suffer the same issue.

All the best ..

T i m

Message #2 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Peter Ceresole

T i m wrote:

Did any of the iMac models come with strain relief facilities on the mains leads

The original CRT iMacs had a kettle lead that plugged into a deeply recessed socket in the back, and I have seen these come loose reasonably often, with bad, bad results. The problem was that it was very difficult to see if they were working loose. The trick there was never to move the iMac.

All the flat screen ones (iLamps and the later 'computer in a screen' ones) are quite immune to all that. My G5 flat slab job has a solidly implated power lead, that I feed through the handy port in the stand. It appears to be proof against accidental disconnection.

Peter

Message #3 - Posted 2007/11/30 - T i m

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 20:32:15 +0000, Peter Ceresole wrote:

T i m wrote:

Did any of the iMac models come with strain relief facilities on the mains leads

The original CRT iMacs had a kettle lead that plugged into a deeply recessed socket in the back, and I have seen these come loose reasonably often, with bad, bad results.

Indeed. I know those IEC plugs can work lose if un/plugged often .. and there is even a difference between some new ones (like the hard plastic ones don't seem to ever grip as well as the rubbery ones do).

The problem was that it was very difficult
to see if they were working loose.

So it seems at our daughters college.

The trick there was never to move the
iMac.

In an ideal world I guess Peter but at college they often work in pairs or demonstrate things to other groups so they do seem to get moved quite a bit.

All the flat screen ones (iLamps and the later 'computer in a screen' ones) are quite immune to all that. My G5 flat slab job has a solidly implated power lead, that I feed through the handy port in the stand. It appears to be proof against accidental disconnection.

That's what I wondered if these new iMacs (TFT, all_in_one) had and they just hadn't been rigged up properly[1]? I wonder if they could attach those self adhesive security loops to the back / base and anchor the mains lead to that with a cable tie or similar? At least that would stop students losing work?

All the best ..

T i m

[1] I would like to think that wasn't the case as her course Tutor and the one indirectly responsible for the classroom kit / Macs is a real (self confessed) Mac Fanboy. He even has an Apple sticker on his car and had added an 'i' making it iAudi .. :-(

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