Power cable identification

Mike Stein mhs.stein at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 14:02:07 CDT 2016

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brent Hilpert" <hilpert at cs.ubc.ca>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:11 PM
Subject: Re: Power cable identification

On 2016-Jun-26, at 1:47 PM, Mike Stein wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Brent Hilpert" <hilpert at cs.ubc.ca>
> ...
> Is it a Cromemco? Inexplicable is right. The Cromemco Z2 S100 chassis from 1978 used them, I don't know what they were thinking using it that late, unless they got a deal on a mass clearout.
> ============
> Are you sure it was a Cromemco Z2? If so, it must have been a really old one; I've seen quite a few Z2s in my time and they all had/have modern IEC type line cord connectors.

Yup, this:

IC date codes on boards were 77 to 78.
Presumably bought as a package as it had Cromemco ZPU, TUART, 4FDC & 16KZ boards.

I  replaced the 163 connector with an IEC.

As a matter of fact here's an example with the 163 connector:


Yup, indeed definitely a 163 in Marcus' picture; my time selling and supporting Cromemcos starts in 1980 and by then all models including the Z2 had IEC connectors.

As a matter of fact, from the copyright notice it looks like the Z2 rear panel and P/S were changed in 1979:



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