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Offline TDeacon

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Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« on: May 20, 2021, 07:11:09 PM »
Hi all,

Since the early 1990s, I've used a high-quality keyboard (Keytronic KB101 Plus) for Air Warrior, Warbirds, and Aces High.  One nice thing about it is the numeric keypad supports the legacy view system via 3-key numeric combinations, and I've always preferred the legacy view system.  Given its age, this keyboard uses a PS/2 connector.

Just discovered that the ASUS Prime Z490-A MB on the PC I'm building doesn't have a PS/2 connector on the back.  Questions:

1)  Does anyone have experience with PS/2 adapters or (more expensive) converters?  (my preferred solution)
2)  Does anyone recommend a modern USB, high-quality keyboard supporting 3-key numeric keypad use?   (a future solution)

Thanks in advance,
MH
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Re: Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2021, 03:23:44 AM »
Since there's adapters widely available that obviously means they should also work. I've only used printer port to usb adapters so far so I don't have first hand experience on keyboards. The last keyboard adapter I needed was to connect a PS/2 keyboard to a DIN connector...

After a quick search there's a couple of things to consider:
  • An active adapter might work better - which means a passive one might work as well
  • Make sure the adapter is made for keyboard instead of mouse only
  • In the BIOS settings, change USB behaviour to Legacy


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Re: Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2021, 01:29:28 PM »
I've used PS/2 to USB converters, any should work since they're pretty simplistic.
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Re: Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2021, 11:48:31 AM »
I've used PS/2 to USB converters, any should work since they're pretty simplistic.

Ditto, I use the same on my IBM "M" buckling spring keyboard and others, and they work fine.

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Re: Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2021, 09:34:34 AM »
Ditto, I use the same on my IBM "M" buckling spring keyboard and others, and they work fine.

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Re: Converting a quality PS/2 keyboard to USB
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2021, 02:18:48 PM »
Hi all,

Since the early 1990s, I've used a high-quality keyboard (Keytronic KB101 Plus) for Air Warrior, Warbirds, and Aces High.  One nice thing about it is the numeric keypad supports the legacy view system via 3-key numeric combinations, and I've always preferred the legacy view system.  Given its age, this keyboard uses a PS/2 connector.

Just discovered that the ASUS Prime Z490-A MB on the PC I'm building doesn't have a PS/2 connector on the back.  Questions:

1)  Does anyone have experience with PS/2 adapters or (more expensive) converters?  (my preferred solution)
2)  Does anyone recommend a modern USB, high-quality keyboard supporting 3-key numeric keypad use?   (a future solution)

Thanks in advance,
MH

Any PS/2 to USB adaptor will work.
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