Adapt PS/2 mouse/keyboard to USB

Posted on 2007-10-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I have a KVM switch (IOGEAR MiniView SE) that uses PS/2 connectors.  I have a PC that accepts only USB keyboard and mouse.  I have a USB keyboard and mouse that work reliably with this machine.

I want to connect the KVM switch to this PC.

I have a PS/2 to USB adaptor that works some of the time when adapting the KVM switch's PS/2 connectors to this PC.  

The USB socket on this PC is large enough that the plug wobbles around in the socket.  That may be the problem, or the PS/2 to PS/2 connections (KVM cables to USB adaptor) may be the problem.

I'd like to get a reliable connection.  Can you help me with
1)  getting a consistent USB connection, or
2)  selecting an adaptor card so the Ps/2 mouse & keyboard can plug in directly, or
3)  something I haven't thought of?

The machine is a Dell Dimension DIME521 running XP Home SP2.

Thank you.
Question by:josgood
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    Accepted Solution

    Have you tried all USB ports, and are all of the ports wobbly.  If the ports are bent streched what ever, then try installing a usb card.  If you want you could just buy a new or used KVM.  See if this helps.
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    Author Comment

    The device you reference in the link just might be a solution for me.  I could daisy-chain my KVM to that KVM to the USB-only PC.

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that you've given me a pretty clever solution.  I thank you!

    I'll go buy one and try it out.
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    Expert Comment

    Glad to have helped.  I'm not sure how the daisy-chain from one to the other will work though, but I have never tried it before.  Good luck with it and let me know if piggy backing off one to the other works.

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    Author Comment

    I'll do that

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