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Hello Experts,

I have a Dell C-600 that only has one PS/2 Connection on the back (for a keyboard).  I use one of those switch boxes that allow me to switch form one computer to another with only using one monitor, keyboard and mouse.  I’d like to add my laptop to the mix.  I have a Serial to PS/2 connector that I thought would work, but it does not.  Here is a link to what I have, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=225972&CatId=469
Do I need a special mouse for this connector?  Or do I need some kind of special configuration on the laptop (WinXP Pro)?  Any suggestions?

O, I'm using a standard Microsoft mouse.
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by:icemanwol
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For the PS/2 to serial adapter to work, you need the mouse to support PS/2 AND serial.  It usally says on the box if it works with serial as welll as PS/2, also, if you find a used mouse, look on the bottem of the mice, it tends to say there too.  The same thing is true with USB to PS/2 adapter
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by:Auriclus
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Hello Rdabate,

If the serial adapter does not work, then try this instead: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=776087&CatId=469

It will allow you to connect your mouse to any USB port, whether it's on your KVM swtich or on your computer.

Good luck,

Auriclus
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by:LimeSMJ
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Why do you need a serial to PS/2 connector?  What kind of KVM (model number) do you have?
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by:rdabate
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icemanwol, that makes sense.  
Do have any hints on how I might find a mouse that supports PS/2 AND serial?  I'm not having any luck in my searches.
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