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Windows 7: Old Keyboard converter?


13 Jan 2013   #1

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Old Keyboard converter?

Hello all!

I have an old Keyboard from a mid-90's PC that ran Windows 95. The connector is a circular shape with five pins. I recently ordered a converter, but I got the sides switched.

I have been searching the Internetz for a reverse converter, so that I could at least try using my old keyboard with my laptop. All I have been able to find are some ways to artificially tamper with the hardware (splicing the cables and whatnot).

Does anyone here have a link to a converter so that I can plug my old keyboard into a USB port on a new computer?

Thanks!


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13 Jan 2013   #2

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Hi Dixonater, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The connector you desrcribed is called PS/2, widely used before USB to connect mouse and keyboard to PC.

A simple Google search PS/2 to USB adapter gives for instance this: Amazon.com: Adesso PS/2 to USB Adapter, connects 2 PS/2 connectors to 1 USB port/hub (ADP-PU21 ): Electronics

Kari
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13 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

When I had a '95 box it used large audio type DIN, and I had an adapter. Google say still around . . .ah memories, but no help to the OP

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13 Jan 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hi Dixonater, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The connector you desrcribed is called PS/2, widely used before USB to connect mouse and keyboard to PC.

A simple Google search PS/2 to USB adapter gives for instance this: Amazon.com: Adesso PS/2 to USB Adapter, connects 2 PS/2 connectors to 1 USB port/hub (ADP-PU21 ): Electronics

Kari
To confirm, I can plug my keyboard into this cable no problem? Keep in mind that my old keyboard as the five spokes, as opposed to five holes for the spokes. The pictures on Amazon don't show this.
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13 Jan 2013   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I have keyboard I've been using continuously since 1986 (IBM Model M) that has the large DIN connector. You can adapt it to use the PS2 connector with one of these: Amazon.com: 5pin DIN Female to PS/2 Male Keyboard Cable Adapter - 6 1/2 inches long - 5 pin din female plug to ps2 port Male - basically - allows you to plug an older 5pin keyboard into a newer computer with a ps2 port: Electronics

My newest computer doesn't have a PS2 connector so I have one of these as well to adapt the PS2 to USB: Amazon.com: Adesso PS/2 to USB Adapter, connects 2 PS/2 connectors to 1 USB port/hub (ADP-PU21 ): Electronics
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13 Jan 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I have keyboard I've been using continuously since 1986 (IBM Model M) that has the large DIN connector. You can adapt it to use the PS2 connector with one of these: Amazon.com: 5pin DIN Female to PS/2 Male Keyboard Cable Adapter - 6 1/2 inches long - 5 pin din female plug to ps2 port Male - basically - allows you to plug an older 5pin keyboard into a newer computer with a ps2 port: Electronics

My newest computer doesn't have a PS2 connector so I have one of these as well to adapt the PS2 to USB: Amazon.com: Adesso PS/2 to USB Adapter, connects 2 PS/2 connectors to 1 USB port/hub (ADP-PU21 ): Electronics
The first one wouldn't work because I don't have either port on my laptop (the one with five or six pins).

That second one, though, could work...but it doesn't give me a clear picture. Does that cable in your second link connect with a keyboard with the five pins into a laptop with USB ports?
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13 Jan 2013   #7

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I find keyboards (PS2 & USB) at thrift stores ( Like GoodWill) for $2 to $5 (some used some brand new)
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13 Jan 2013   #8

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As my esteemed fellow geeks have told you, it might also be a DIN connector.

Does it look like this:



or like this:

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13 Jan 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
As my esteemed fellow geeks have told you, it might also be a DIN connector.

Does it look like this:



or like this:

It is the first one. :P
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13 Jan 2013   #10

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OK, it's DIN. I do not know if DIN to USB adapters exists, can not find on Google.

Theoretically it could work with connecting keyboard to DIN to PS/2 adapter, and then this adapter to a PS/2 to USB adapter, so first this and then this. However I refuse to take any responsibility if it does not work.

Worth to think is that those old keyboards might need more power than that a USB port can provide. Anyway, Why don't you just buy a new keyboard? You get a good USB keyboard with the price of adapters you would need with your old one.

Kari
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