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AMD based motherboards w/ PS2 ports. Are they still common?


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#1 videobruce

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:50 AM

I know all the legacy stuff is disappearing fast, so I'm wondering if the PS2 port is in the list of endangered features?

The reasons I still want PS2 is;
1. Decicated for two purposes; a mouse & keyboard,
2. If the USB bus goes down (it's has happened to me), I don't loose the mouse & keyboard,
3. I have a KVM switch for a 2nd computer when I work on one (for convenience).

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:10 AM

The PS/2 is definitely being phased out with the use of USB ports. But, you can purchase adapters for USB to PS/2.

I did a quick Google and found many such adapters.

http://www.google.com/search?client=firefo...G=Google+Search

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:27 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

To answer your question, the PS2 port is being replaced with USB, actually this has been taking place for some time now.

Newer motherboards lack the PS2 port, the same has happened with the 5 pin DIN plug that older motherboards and keyboard once used.

If you look back to the type of plug the mouse once used to have, it was a nine pin plug, the mouse was called a serial mouse connected to a com port, in 1987 it went to PS2 which was a dedicated port to the mouse and now the USB type interface plug is used.

Being that older technology is no longer profitable, their production comes to a stop and eventually the market dries up.

If you wanted to purchase a serial mouse today, you would have to find a computer shop or an on-line supply company that has a few laying around collecting dust.

Most retail stores would have already discontinued stocking the device.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:47 PM

you can purchase adapters for USB to PS/2.

That defeats the purpose, it serves no purpose, you are still using the USB bus! Might as well go USB.

I understand all of the above, but my reasoning still stands. Ok, is there a USB KVM switch??

Edited by videobruce, 28 August 2010 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 01:13 PM

D-Sub, USB
DVI, USB
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 01:46 PM

gee, I like the one for $500. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 02:21 PM

Some of the D-Sub's are over $1000. :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:45 PM

gee, I like the one for $500. :flowers:



You did ask. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 03:34 PM

It is more of a chance of finding a name-brand prebuilt PC without PS/2 ports than to find an off-the-shelf retail motherboard without them. I have yet to purchase a retail motherboard that didn't have at least one PS/2 port. They (ones without any PS/2) do exist, but there is still plenty of options for ones that still have them.

PS/2 to USB adapters are handy, but they only *MOSTLY* work.... some of them are just pure JUNK, others don't like our KVM switch. One model we've had good luck with is this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812101117

Edited by caramelgrl, 30 August 2010 - 03:36 PM.





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