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Is using a USB adapter to connect a PS2 keyboard to USB port ill-advised?


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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:43 PM

Good evening everyone,

I have had a problem with my computer not booting normally. Earlier in the day, I happened to unplug the Microsoft Digital Media 3000 (Intellitype Pro) keyboard from the machine when doing a restart, and the computer then booted normally.

I also discovered that if I use a USB adapter to connect a spare keyboard (which has a PS2 plug [several pins]) to one of the USB ports, that also allows the computer to boot properly.

My question: I have heard that using a USB adapter to connect a PS2 device to the computer via a USB port could have dire consequences. Is this true, and if so, what type of consequences could result?

Thanks very much for your time and any information!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:15 PM

Never heard of that.

I have both a PS2 keyboard and mouse plugged into a belkin dual PS2-USB adapter and have used it on literally a 100+ rigs in the shop, and never a problem.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:29 PM

I appreciate your feedback on the adapter, dpunisher!

It would seem logical...since if there were the potential for serious problems to occur using the adapter in such a way...the manufacturers wouldn't make them in the first place. By the way...have you ever heard the term, "mobo?" The source I heard the "dire consequences" warning from...used that term. I've never heard it before. :unsure:

Thanks very much again!

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:21 AM

Pete C., good morning and welcome to the weekend.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:10 AM

Thanks very much for the info, Winterland! :busy:

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:06 PM

:whistle: The only dire consequence I can think of is one less USB port!

I have a nice HP 4 port KVM switch that switches Keyboard, Video, Mouse, Audio out and Microphone. It is PS2 based and comes with HP adapter to connect Keyboard and Mouse to one USB port. I use it all the time And never killed anything.

As far as they wouldn't sell it if it caused problems? You can buy cables on ebay that are totally useless.

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