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Windows 7: Old Keyboard converter?

13 Jan 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
OK, it's DIN. I do not know if DIN to USB adapters exist, can not find on Google.

Theoretically it could work with connecting keyboard to DIN to PS/" 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 what 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.

Thanks for the info!

Yeah, at this point, I think that I will just invest in a new/used USB keyboard, given that it could be cheaper to do so, and because the double converter is not guaranteed to work (I read online that many of these converters are failing to actually convert).


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14 Jan 2013   #12

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Yes, a new keyboard would be your best bet, I'd only advise the adapter route if you have a keyboard you really like that you want to continue using. The 2 adapters I posted links to will and do work fine with my 1986 IBM Model M to adapt it to work with DIN, PS2 or USB.

There shouldn't be any reason why the adapters won't work since there is no "conversion" taking place. It's simply routing the correct wires to the correct pins, hence adapting, not converting.

If you were dealing with an older keyboard, from an IBM PC or XT, then you would need a converter because those older keyboards used different protocols then the newer keyboards starting with the IBM AT.
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