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PS/2 to USB
« on: January 20, 2011, 04:49:42 PM »
Hello!

I bought a PS/2 to USB adapter so that I can use my old PS/2 keyboard on my laptop.


When I pluged in Windows XP found that there is something pluged in but I can't get it to work nor recognise what it is.

Do I need some special PS/2 to USB driver or what? Where can I obtain it? I'm planning to use this PS/2 keyboard on my new Windows 7 64-bit laptop too, will it work?

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 05:03:29 PM »
On the hardware devices applet of Control Panel, does any device appears as unknown (with an "?") there?
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011, 06:52:44 PM »
No. When I connect the keyboard via USB adapter a baloon in the tray appears, saying "The USB device cannot be found." (or something like that). Also if I type on that keyboard, the same baloon apears. If I click on the baloon, this appears:


Any idea how to make it work?

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011, 10:44:33 PM »
Nobody knows?  :(
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 10:49:54 PM »
Seems the keyboard is not being recognized.
Can you search the manufacturer page to check if there is a driver for it?
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 10:53:08 PM »
You need to download a driver for PS/2 to USB adapter only if you've buy the product comes with a keyboard like Logitech, if you just buy the PS/2 to USB adapter that doesn't belong to the correct keyboard brand without the driver it won't work on it own in a different keyboard brand.

Edit: PS/2 to USB adapter might work on a laptop unless you have the correct driver depends where the laptop brand is built, for example if your laptop is HP brand goto HP website and find the correct driver for PS/2 to USB adapter for your OS.

PS/2 to USB adapter mainly work on an old OS like Win95 right up to WinXP, and I believe the PS/2 to USB adapter doesn't support Vista and Win7 any more. What I would recommend is getting and extra USB Hub connection http://www.belkin.com/au/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=461219 or a Swivel Hub for your laptop http://www.belkin.com/au/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=379793 to connect a USB keyboard.
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 11:52:33 PM »
Thank you for help.

My PS/2 keyboard brand is Cherry and my laptop brand is Lenovo. I don't know what brand is my PS/2 to USB adapter (my friend got if from a friend who doesn't need it anymore). I can't find the PS/2 to USB driver (Cherry nor Lenovo).
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 04:39:48 AM »
Thank you for help.

My PS/2 keyboard brand is Cherry and my laptop brand is Lenovo. I don't know what brand is my PS/2 to USB adapter (my friend got if from a friend who doesn't need it anymore). I can't find the PS/2 to USB driver (Cherry nor Lenovo).

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 10:41:46 AM »
If the picture is of the actual item, I don't think it's a PS/2 to USB adapter. It looks like a plug extension which allows a device with both PS/2 and USB (aka "combo") circuitry to connect to a PS/2 port.

Does the keyboard actually say that it supports PS/2 interface?
If it doesn't have a "combo" chip, it won't work.

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 02:50:58 PM »
No, it is an adapter/converter, PS2 to USB connection I have a few of them lying around.

The keyboard doesn't say it supports anything, it has a physical PS2 male connection on the end of the cable or is would have a USB male connection on the end.


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The problem for whatever reason is that the laptop appears to think that this is a USB stick. I don't know if there is setting that you have to change to use an external keyboard. See http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=use+external+keyboard+for+lenovo+laptop there may be a few there of use.

You could try a wireless keyboard as they usually use a USB dongle or a USB keyboard. It may be that the internal wiring for the adaptor connection isn't right for the lenovo, but that doesn't really fly as it should be a standard fit.
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 04:34:24 PM »
Bellzemos what is the model number of the Cherry keyboard? I will poke around in the Cherry knowledgebase to see if I can find something there.

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 07:45:09 PM »
Thank you all for help, really! My keyboard is Cherry RS 6000 M. Hm, I don't think that my laptop thinks that the external keyboard is a USB stick, there's no new drive letter in the Windows Explorer...
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 09:39:37 PM »
Having a hard time finding info using RS 6000 M. Is there a manufacturer number that starts with a G anywhere on the board?

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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 10:13:29 PM »
There is a part number and a serial number.

Part n.: G83-6105LRNSL-0 /02

Serial n.: G 0053420 3 R18 3 III
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Re: PS/2 to USB
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 02:47:30 PM »
...well?  :P
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