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Can I connect a keyboard to the Serial Port

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I have a Pentium 4 with many USB ports but no PS/2 port. I have no keyboard with a USB connector.  I have a M to F serial port to PS/2 port adaptor that would enable me to connect a keyboard to the serial port.  The Serial Port is directed to Com1 in Bios and working properly in the Device Manager.  However, the keyboard does not work.  Can this be done?  If so, what am I missing??
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by:DonConsolio
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Serial port won't do what you want on a standard PC, but you can get a USB-to-PS2 Adapter
(e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Adesso-Adapter-connects-connectors-ADP-PU21/dp/B00008ZPED)
to do what you want.
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by:Callandor
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Keyboards cannot be connected to serial ports, as they require a keyboard controller to identify what was pressed.  USB keyboards have these built in, but PS/2 keyboards rely on a chip in the motherboard.
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Michael-Best earned 125 total points
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Just get a USB keyboard they are cheap. ( from $6.84 )
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=14005999&findingMethod=rr

The Adesso PS/2 to USB Adapter costs $11.39

Hope this helps
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