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How do I get my PS/2 to USB adapter to work

Good afternoon experts,
 
I bought some adapters so I could use my PS/2 keyboards and mice. The adapters didn't come with any drivers, so I assumed they were plug and play. I even rad Driver Detective and Driver updater with no luck. I am using Windows 8.1 pro, if that makes a difference. I would appreciate any feedback on how to get the keyboards and mice that I have to work with the adapters. I am submitting several attachments, so you know what I am talking about.

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dbruntonCommented:
>>  so I assumed they were plug and play

They are.  But with caveats.  PS2 mice to USB should work.

However PS2 keyboards may or may not work.  See http://www.clickykeyboards.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/11298/subcatid/0/id/124184 for lots of gory details.

I'd try your mice, keyboards and adaptors on other machines and see what your results are there as well.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The signals passed by PS/2 and USB have important differences and passive cables/adapters from PS/2 to USB generally have problems.  This is not least because a USB device needs to be able to identify itself so the computer knows what is attached.  To do this you need a signal converter somewhere in the system.  This can be in the converter cable/connector or in the more recent PS/2 devices is actually built into the keyboard/mouse as manufacturers realised that USB was becoming the connection standard and shipped their equipment able to function as PS/2 or with a passive adapter (because the active signal conversion was happening inside the device) USB.

This led to a bit of a myth that all PS/2 female to USB A Male adaptors would work for all PS/2 devices but passive PS/2 > USB converters will generally only work if there is signal conversion built into the device already.  If you plug your PS/2 device into a passive USB adaptor and the device is not recognised then it doesn't have a signal converter built in and you'll need to get a connector that does.

A secondary consideration depending on the age of your PS/2 devices is current draw - PS/2 devices were designed to pull the current they needed directly from the motherboard but USB devices are restricted in total current draw by the capacity of the USB hub.  Your old PS/2 keyboard may simply not be able to get enough juice to work!

Alternatively you could buy a PS/2 board to plug into your motherboard and plug your PS/2 devices directly into the PC!
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Well,
I have tried all of my computers (which have all been upgraded to windows 8.1) the error message is an unrecognized device has been plugged in.  So , in summary what you are saying is that my only option at this point is to go out and buy a pciexpress  PS2 to USB CARD? Please advise.
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nobusCommented:
or simply buy and use USB keyboard and mouse - easiest solution
after all, the ps2 devices are getting older...and worn
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flubbsterCommented:
I agree. You can buy a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse combination for $19.99 at any Best Buy. By the time you buy a card, have it shipped, install it, you will be well over that in time and cost.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Nobus and Flubbster,
 
No disrespect to either of you , as I do have respect for every expert that takes the time out of their busy days to answer my mundane questions. However, if I had wanted to go out and buy a wireless keyboard and mouse combination or simply buy a USB keyboard and mouse, I would have. If fact, I do own both wireless and USB keyboards and mice. That was not the intent of this post.

I also have several brand new PS keyboards and mice , that I bought at a liquidation sale for little to nothing. I simply wanted to find out if I could use them with the  PS/2 to USB adapters that I purchased. I had no knowledge that I had to by active as opposed to passive adapters.

Gentlemen , Have I made myself clear?
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
I never intended to buy a card. It was just an inquiry.
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nobusCommented:
>>  Have I made myself clear?   <<   completely, and tx for posting feedback
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Your are still the man in my book Nobus. You have helped and solved many of my questions through the years. My response was meant only as constructive and positive criticism, not to put you down, because you  are a diamond, meaning you are flawless.

regards,
regis
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nobusCommented:
i would not exactly say that, and surely my wife has another opinion...
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thedaytheserverdiedCommented:
Did you ever get your keyboard PS2 to USB to work? I use a Black 1995 IBM model M-13 trackpoint (13H6705) clicky style keboard that uses PS2, and I tried those adapters you have and they didnt work for me either, but I picked up 2 PS2 to USB adapters from Radio Shack and works they work great!
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21-Eq094DtL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_.jpg

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Yes, if you read this thread you'll see why those work.  
Unfortunately Radio Shack no longer sell them but if you're searching for online them they were 2Radio Shack PS-2 Female to USB-A Port Adapter" P/N 26-723.
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