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Anonymous
March 17, 2005 12:48:50 PM

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Don't laugh: Was I naive to think that I could plug my PS/2 keyboard into a
USB port if I attached a PS/2-to-USB converter to the cable? That's what I
did, and the keyboard didn't work.

Modem Ani

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Anonymous
March 17, 2005 12:48:51 PM

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Some do, some don't. And some sorta work. For instance the
"Alt-Printscreen" won't work on the setup I am using right now with a
PS/2- USB converter.

Modem Ani wrote:

> Don't laugh: Was I naive to think that I could plug my PS/2 keyboard into a
> USB port if I attached a PS/2-to-USB converter to the cable? That's what I
> did, and the keyboard didn't work.
>
> Modem Ani
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 2:05:24 PM

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You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
else..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"Modem Ani" <notquinoas@notmyrealbox.com> wrote in message
news:o 8OQ9AwKFHA.1156@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Don't laugh: Was I naive to think that I could plug my PS/2 keyboard into
> a
> USB port if I attached a PS/2-to-USB converter to the cable? That's what I
> did, and the keyboard didn't work.
>
> Modem Ani
>
>
>
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Anonymous
March 17, 2005 2:15:10 PM

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<lol> Ain't it the truth? I'm trying to reduce the number of wires leading
out from the back of my computer, and the base of my monitor has a built-in
USB hub.

Modem Ani

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:o tC$dswKFHA.1396@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
> else..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "Modem Ani" <notquinoas@notmyrealbox.com> wrote in message
> news:o 8OQ9AwKFHA.1156@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> > Don't laugh: Was I naive to think that I could plug my PS/2 keyboard
into
> > a
> > USB port if I attached a PS/2-to-USB converter to the cable? That's what
I
> > did, and the keyboard didn't work.
> >
> > Modem Ani
> >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 2:33:48 PM

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Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the "converter".

Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:

> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
> else..
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 6:14:40 PM

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But not all PS/2 to USB convertors works! The ones that are just a PS/2 to
USB plug may work, but depending on the keyboard. The other where there
seems to be a control chip in between the keyboard and USB port seems to
work better.


"Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
> pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> "converter".
>
> Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
>
>> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
>> else..
>>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 6:37:43 PM

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Bonjour Yves.

Apparently, my simple PS/2-to-USB connector is one of those that, for some
reason, does not work. I have also seen cables with a male USB connector and
two female PS/2 connectors. Such cables are typically used by laptop owners,
to connect an external keyboard and mouse with their computer. Some of these
cables have a small 'box' where the three wires meet - perhaps this contains
the chip to which you refer?

Modem Ani

"Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
news:%23TMcn3yKFHA.1884@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> But not all PS/2 to USB convertors works! The ones that are just a PS/2
to
> USB plug may work, but depending on the keyboard. The other where there
> seems to be a control chip in between the keyboard and USB port seems to
> work better.
>
>
> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> > "converter".
> >
> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
> >
> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious
little
> >> else..
> >>
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 6:53:51 PM

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That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
> pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> "converter".
>
> Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
>
>> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
>> else..
>>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 10:43:01 AM

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I assume(yeah I know) that since I have seen you answering other posts that
you enabled usb/ps2 support in bios.

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:

> That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> > "converter".
> >
> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
> >
> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious little
> >> else..
> >>
> >
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 1:56:47 PM

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tfw

I have four USB ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has been
allocated for use.. I have a scanner, a printer, a digital camera connection
cable and a USB extension cable plugged into them..

I have two PS/2 ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has been
allocated for their use.. nothing else but mouse and keyboard work if
plugged into them..

If PS/2 ports are available, and both keyboard and mouse have PS/2 fittings,
I am at a loss to understand why anybody would want to connect either device
to USB..

Does that answer your question?

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"tfw48079" <tfw48079@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:08AF5BB5-D10B-4698-AE87-9C00DC4BB384@microsoft.com...
>I assume(yeah I know) that since I have seen you answering other posts that
> you enabled usb/ps2 support in bios.
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>
>> That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>>
>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
>> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
>> > "converter".
>> >
>> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
>> >
>> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious
>> >> little
>> >> else..
>> >>
>> >
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 2:21:10 PM

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Hi Mike,

First I'll respond to your "I am at a loss to understand..." statement, then
I'll report what I have learned since my original post.

Because of the particular way that my computer and peripherals are setup on
my desktop, I find it more convenient to have as few wires coming out from
the back of my computer as possible. That's the only reason I want to plug
my PS/2 keyboard into the USB hub built into my monitor. Strictly a matter
of my personal convenience.

Now...since posting I have learned that, yes, I was naive to think that all
I needed to plug my PS/2 keyboard into a USB port is a PS/2-to-USB adapter.
If a keyboard has the logic for USB built into it, then all you need is the
'dumb' adapter that I bought. If the keyboard does not have the logic, the
only thing 'dumb' is the person buying the adapter, in this case, me. Glad
it only cost two bucks.

For a few more dollars you can buy a cable that includes the logic, as Yves
pointed out. Instead, I'll spend a bit more and get myself a 'real' USB
keyboard. So now I'm in the market for a USB keyboard that has the quietest
possible keys.

Modem Ani

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:u2OrYM9KFHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> tfw
>
> I have four USB ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
been
> allocated for use.. I have a scanner, a printer, a digital camera
connection
> cable and a USB extension cable plugged into them..
>
> I have two PS/2 ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
been
> allocated for their use.. nothing else but mouse and keyboard work if
> plugged into them..
>
> If PS/2 ports are available, and both keyboard and mouse have PS/2
fittings,
> I am at a loss to understand why anybody would want to connect either
device
> to USB..
>
> Does that answer your question?
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "tfw48079" <tfw48079@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:08AF5BB5-D10B-4698-AE87-9C00DC4BB384@microsoft.com...
> >I assume(yeah I know) that since I have seen you answering other posts
that
> > you enabled usb/ps2 support in bios.
> >
> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
> >
> >> That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..
> >>
> >> --
> >> Mike Hall
> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
> >>
> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> >> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> >> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So some
> >> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> >> > "converter".
> >> >
> >> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious
> >> >> little
> >> >> else..
> >> >>
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 2:27:49 PM

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I understand your comments re the cables.. my preference is NOT to connect
to the front of the tower or screen.. it looks messy..

Re. keyboard.. if you really have a thing with cables, try the wireless
Logitech keyboard/mouse combinations.. Logitech keyboards are quieter than
Microsoft's offerings.. and wireless gets over the cable issue too..

--
Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/user

http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm





"Modem Ani" <notquinoas@notmyrealbox.com> wrote in message
news:o K0xNZ9KFHA.576@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Hi Mike,
>
> First I'll respond to your "I am at a loss to understand..." statement,
> then
> I'll report what I have learned since my original post.
>
> Because of the particular way that my computer and peripherals are setup
> on
> my desktop, I find it more convenient to have as few wires coming out from
> the back of my computer as possible. That's the only reason I want to plug
> my PS/2 keyboard into the USB hub built into my monitor. Strictly a matter
> of my personal convenience.
>
> Now...since posting I have learned that, yes, I was naive to think that
> all
> I needed to plug my PS/2 keyboard into a USB port is a PS/2-to-USB
> adapter.
> If a keyboard has the logic for USB built into it, then all you need is
> the
> 'dumb' adapter that I bought. If the keyboard does not have the logic, the
> only thing 'dumb' is the person buying the adapter, in this case, me. Glad
> it only cost two bucks.
>
> For a few more dollars you can buy a cable that includes the logic, as
> Yves
> pointed out. Instead, I'll spend a bit more and get myself a 'real' USB
> keyboard. So now I'm in the market for a USB keyboard that has the
> quietest
> possible keys.
>
> Modem Ani
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:u2OrYM9KFHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> tfw
>>
>> I have four USB ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
> been
>> allocated for use.. I have a scanner, a printer, a digital camera
> connection
>> cable and a USB extension cable plugged into them..
>>
>> I have two PS/2 ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
> been
>> allocated for their use.. nothing else but mouse and keyboard work if
>> plugged into them..
>>
>> If PS/2 ports are available, and both keyboard and mouse have PS/2
> fittings,
>> I am at a loss to understand why anybody would want to connect either
> device
>> to USB..
>>
>> Does that answer your question?
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>>
>> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "tfw48079" <tfw48079@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:08AF5BB5-D10B-4698-AE87-9C00DC4BB384@microsoft.com...
>> >I assume(yeah I know) that since I have seen you answering other posts
> that
>> > you enabled usb/ps2 support in bios.
>> >
>> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>> >
>> >> That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Mike Hall
>> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>> >>
>> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> >> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So
>> >> > some
>> >> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
>> >> > "converter".
>> >> >
>> >> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for precious
>> >> >> little
>> >> >> else..
>> >> >>
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 2:57:14 PM

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I'll check them out. Thanks.

Modem Ani

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:%23lHdud9KFHA.2716@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I understand your comments re the cables.. my preference is NOT to connect
> to the front of the tower or screen.. it looks messy..
>
> Re. keyboard.. if you really have a thing with cables, try the wireless
> Logitech keyboard/mouse combinations.. Logitech keyboards are quieter than
> Microsoft's offerings.. and wireless gets over the cable issue too..
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/user
>
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> "Modem Ani" <notquinoas@notmyrealbox.com> wrote in message
> news:o K0xNZ9KFHA.576@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> > Hi Mike,
> >
> > First I'll respond to your "I am at a loss to understand..." statement,
> > then
> > I'll report what I have learned since my original post.
> >
> > Because of the particular way that my computer and peripherals are setup
> > on
> > my desktop, I find it more convenient to have as few wires coming out
from
> > the back of my computer as possible. That's the only reason I want to
plug
> > my PS/2 keyboard into the USB hub built into my monitor. Strictly a
matter
> > of my personal convenience.
> >
> > Now...since posting I have learned that, yes, I was naive to think that
> > all
> > I needed to plug my PS/2 keyboard into a USB port is a PS/2-to-USB
> > adapter.
> > If a keyboard has the logic for USB built into it, then all you need is
> > the
> > 'dumb' adapter that I bought. If the keyboard does not have the logic,
the
> > only thing 'dumb' is the person buying the adapter, in this case, me.
Glad
> > it only cost two bucks.
> >
> > For a few more dollars you can buy a cable that includes the logic, as
> > Yves
> > pointed out. Instead, I'll spend a bit more and get myself a 'real' USB
> > keyboard. So now I'm in the market for a USB keyboard that has the
> > quietest
> > possible keys.
> >
> > Modem Ani
> >
> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> > news:u2OrYM9KFHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >> tfw
> >>
> >> I have four USB ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
> > been
> >> allocated for use.. I have a scanner, a printer, a digital camera
> > connection
> >> cable and a USB extension cable plugged into them..
> >>
> >> I have two PS/2 ports on the back of my computer.. system resource has
> > been
> >> allocated for their use.. nothing else but mouse and keyboard work if
> >> plugged into them..
> >>
> >> If PS/2 ports are available, and both keyboard and mouse have PS/2
> > fittings,
> >> I am at a loss to understand why anybody would want to connect either
> > device
> >> to USB..
> >>
> >> Does that answer your question?
> >>
> >> --
> >> Mike Hall
> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
> >>
> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "tfw48079" <tfw48079@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:08AF5BB5-D10B-4698-AE87-9C00DC4BB384@microsoft.com...
> >> >I assume(yeah I know) that since I have seen you answering other posts
> > that
> >> > you enabled usb/ps2 support in bios.
> >> >
> >> > "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> That's as maybe, but if you have them, use them..
> >> >>
> >> >> --
> >> >> Mike Hall
> >> >> MVP - Windows Shell/user
> >> >>
> >> >> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> "Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> >> >> news:eASl8dxKFHA.3064@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> >> >> > Actually the "latest Dells" don't have a PS/2 port, only USB. So
> >> >> > some
> >> >> > pricey PS/2 programmable keyboards are being saved by using the
> >> >> > "converter".
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Mike Hall (MS-MVP) wrote:
> >> >> >
> >> >> >> You may as well use the PS/2 ports.. they can be used for
precious
> >> >> >> little
> >> >> >> else..
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
!