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PS/2 or Serial mouse??

Have just purchased a MicroSoft Cordless Wheelmouse. Before breaking the packaging, I checked required specifications, and found "Round mouse port (PS/2 compatible)".
My system has a rectangular Serial mouse port, BUT I have a PS/2 mouse attached via an adaptor. Will this new PS/2 mouse operate properly attached to the adaptor that converts the round PS/2 plug to the rectangular Serial socket?
Should be a simple question, but one that I have not confronted previously.  Thanks for a response.
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OttaCommented:
> Will this new PS/2 mouse operate properly attached to the adaptor that converts the round PS/2 plug to the rectangular Serial socket?

It should, since the current PS/2-port mouse is working.
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RionCooperCommented:
Arch,  
Yes it will work, I have just done this on a new system I just Built.  I have not seen any problems with the mouse.  I have been told that if you get a mouse with advanced feathers some may not work, but I have not seen this my self.  If you have any bought this I would take the mouse back and get a serial port mouse.
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henr1452Commented:
It will work fine as a pointing device, it will NOT however scroll via the mouse whell. The port replicator cannot convert the signal.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
To: henr1452    Important point! Sounds like you know this as a matter of fact. From experience....???  No point in unpackaging it if the wheel doesn't work. (Hate to return one opened.)
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Well, had the cable netprovider techs over Friday to replace the ISA adaptor card with a PCI card, and they discovered that my system does, indeed, have a PS/2 mouse socket. SO, I opened the Cordless Wheelmouse from it's packaging and plugged it into the socket, installed the software -- and NO MAUS (no mouse). Made several attempts, then SINCE IT PROVIDED AN ADAPTER for a serial port, I tried that -- still NO MOUSE. I plugged my old mouse in same port and it works fine.

Still open for answers, but have e-mailed MS tech support with the problem. The batteries are properly installed and the mouse is close to the receiver.
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henr1452Commented:
I work in Computer repair. One thing that you might try is if this model has a channel selector try to change channels. I am sure you have tried this if it has multiple channels.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Device has Channels 1 & 2; have set both mouse and receiver on Channel 1. (Didn't occur to me to try it on Channel 2. Think that might make the difference??)
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henr1452Commented:
It could make a difference. Why not? With Microshaft you never know.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Went thru whole process again with channels set on 2. NO MAUS. I am concluding that my I/O card is not configured to recognize the PS/2 mouse port. I dug out the card's data sheet and cannot make heads or tails of it.
SERIAL PORT works fine with other mice!, but not at all with the MS Cordless.   -- Haven't heard from Bill G., yet.
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jacobasCommented:
Have you checked in the bios to make sure the ps2 port is enabled?
Jake
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OttaCommented:
>> I plugged my old mouse in same port and it works fine.

> Have you checked in the BIOS to make sure the PS/2 port is enabled?

Obviously, it is, since the non-cordless PS/2-port mouse works when plugged-in to the PS/2 port.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
No, Otta, I plugged the old mouse in the serial port using the MS provided PS/2 adapter for the serial port. HOWEVER, that's one more thing to try ... plugging an old PS/2 into the PS/2 port to check the port. Thanks

Good point, jacobas, didn't check that until some time into the problem. However, the PS/2 port is ENABLED, but to no avail.

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