A system for resetting a cache in a first device connected by a multilinelink to a memory in a second device. A transceiver in the first element connects to one end of each of the link lines and a transceiver in the second device connects to the other end. The transmitter in the first device transceiver is disabled in response to a failure of the transceiver to receive messages from the second device. The transmitter in the first device transceiver also selectively sends a reset sequence to the receiver in the second device. A detector detects when all of the receivers in the second device have either received a reset sequence or have detected that a transmitter in the first device is disabled. The detector sets a latch in response, representing that data in the second device cache is invalid. Optionally, the second device has responders which send responses over the link lines indicating receipt of a reset sequence. The transmitters in the first device switch to a disabled state when the responses are not received within a specified period.