ECA 045 - defective Power cords
ECA 045 - defective Power cords
Defective PS/2 Power cords (revised)
PURPOSE: important safety instructions
Replace Personal System/2 Power cords manufactured by Multilec.
a potential shock hazard exists in some PS/2 Power cords. This
ECA provides instructions to identify and replace Multilec Power
*=*=* This information for european users of USA import M/C's *=*=*
PS/2 Power cords should be inspected for the word "Multilec"
molded into the plug ends. If "Multilec" is molded into the
connector, the Power cord is suspect and should not be used.
All Multilec Power cords manufactured for IBM are "piggyback"
type cords. (The end of the cord which plugs into the wall
receptacle has female connectors allowing another cord to be
attached) although all Multilec cords are piggyback, not all
IBM piggyback cords were manufactured by Multilec. It is not
necessary to inspect any cord that is not a piggyback type cord.
The affected Power cords were shipped to Canada and latin
America for use on all PS/2 models. Within the United States,
shipment of Multilec Power cords was limited to PS/2 model 55 SX
systems between serial numbers 9000000 and 9499999.
However, since the cords are compatible with other PS/2 systems
and peripherals, and may be shipped with PS/2 models originating
from other countries, it is advised that all PS/2 products be
inspected for a Multilec Power cord. Any customer with a
Multilec Power cord is entitled to on site replacement of the
cord at no charge.
*** DO NOT attempt to INSTALL or to TEST suspect Power cords ***
A potential defect exists in PS/2 Power cords manufactured by
Multilec. Affected Power cords have an improperly wired plug
in which line voltage could be present on the ground terminal at
the system end of the cord. If a system is connected to Power
with an improperly wired cord, 120 volts can be applied to the
system chassis and metal covers, as well as any other attached
devices and/or cables. Under these conditions, a potential
exposure exists for electric shock which could cause personal
injury. Using the information included in the physical check
section, all PS/2 system Power cords should be inspected
If the system has not been previously installed, or is to be
reinstalled, inspect the cord and replace it if manufactured
If the system has been physically installed but not Powered on,
or if the system will not operate at initial installation, do
not touch the system or any attached peripheral devices. If
possible, request that the customer remove Power from the system
at the appropriate circuit breaker. Disconnect the cord from
the wall outlet and inspect the plug ends. If manufactured by
Multilec, replace the Power cord with one from FRU stock.
PS/2 systems which are installed and operational are safe to
use, but should not be unplugged and plugged into another
outlet, reconfigured, or repaired before replacing the Multilec
All suspect Power cords must be destroyed. Be sure that the
cord is not plugged into a Power source, then cut off the
connector at each end of the cord.
Order replacement Power cords through normal parts distribution.
Please see the LEGAL - Trademark notice.
Feel free - send a for any BUG on this page found - Thank you.