PS2 Keyboards?

Discussion in 'Peripherals' started by Dasda, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Dasda

    Dasda Senior member

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    Do they still make them? I had a scary situation where I could not boot into my PC because of a power failure. So I had to go get one from a friend. I was very lucky a friend had one.

    I would like to avoid this situation in the future. Are there any cheap ps2 keyboards available? I would like to get one in the case where USB is not recognized by motherboard.


    Thanks
     
  2. ripster55

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    Did you check Newegg.ca?

    It's about the ONLY reason to keep a PS/2 keyboard around any more. Unless of course you hang around Overclock.net.
     
  3. Dasda

    Dasda Senior member

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    Thanks a lot. Forgot to utilize the great interface of the egg site.

    Thank You.
     
  4. Auric

    Auric Diamond Member

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    PS/2 is actually superior to USB. Also ebay for new-old stock: loads of quality OEM stuff, generally the older the better.
     
  5. bononos

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    Just get a ps2-usb converter. They used to be common when usb was still new.
     
  6. ripster55

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    Nope. Not really.

    How many people rave about PS/2 mice?
     
  7. zokudu

    zokudu Diamond Member

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    Get a USB-PS/2 converter? They're what? $5 if that.
     
  8. Sheep221

    Sheep221 Golden Member

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    PS/2 keyboards are still sold and computers are again made with PS/2 connectors
     
  9. Synomenon

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    Wish I could power my PC on / cold boot with a keystroke from a USB keyboard. I haven't seen any BIOS or UEFI with that option for USB keyboards.
     
  10. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

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    You can, the hitch is just that you need an "always on" usb port. My old X58 Gigabyte board had this feature. And yes, it was quite convenient. Nowadays, I only see a small spackling of boards with usb 2.0 always on, not yet a 3.0.
     
  11. ripster55

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    PS/2 deserves to die.

    Only Overclock.net is keeping it alive.
     
  12. john3850

    john3850 Golden Member

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    I also had at least one pc that starts that way since 1993.
    The only problem is the ps2 plugs falls out to easy so I tie back it to another wire.
     
  13. C1

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    I run an old P4 3.06 ASUS board and I can do with USB whatever can be done with PS2 (eg, boot up, wake up from sleep {remember to press the space bar for this please}, etc).

    Suggest the OP inspect their BIOS and OS power and hub settings to ensure that the desired USB capabilities are properly enabled.
     
  14. Zap

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    Some keyboards have both, for instance many higher end gaming keyboards. My Rosewill mechanical keyboard came with both cables.

    I've seen it in BIOSes. In the past I've experimented and some have not worked. I tried it a couple weeks ago with an ASRock Z77E-ITX board and it powered up just fine (from off, not sleep) using USB peripherals.

    And gamers. PS/2 allows for NKRO (N-key rollover) while USB allows for a max of 10 simultaneous keys.

    N-Key Rollover: What It Is and How To Test Your Keyboard
     
  15. Evander

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    Check out the thrift stores in your area: you'll probably find a whole box of them for $2 each
     
  16. ripster55

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    Last time I checked I had 10 fingers.
     
  17. Charles Kozierok

    Charles Kozierok Elite Member

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    They are still out there.

    I am a die-hard Gateway Anykey keyboard user. All of my keyboards are from the early 1990s. :D Nobody has ever made a replacement that can do what it can do.
     
  18. Zap

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    The point isn't to press more than 10 keys at a time. It is to guarantee that there isn't any key blocking. That is, most keyboards won't allow certain combinations to be pressed at the same time. NKRO is just a quick specification that tells the discriminating gamer that this is one thing they won't have to worry about in the middle of a frag fest.
     
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    I still haven't ever seen a single program that refuses to accept at least some type of software emulation through AutoHotKey. I guess internal memory might be nice if you need physical access to many machines that don't have VNC, although that just seems like a one in a trillion situation. I'd rather just combine the best scripting software with the best typing keyboard and not have to settle for anything.
     
  20. Charles Kozierok

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    I have my Caps Lock and Ctrl keys remapped on my Anykey.. and the much-more-useful function keys on the left. That's what I can't replace any other way.
     
  21. Synomenon

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    Had to switch from an ASRock Z77E-ITX to an ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD and am already missing the power-on from keystroke option via PS/2 keyboard.

    The ASRock had a PS/2 port, but the ASUS does not. The ASUS does not have any options either for powering on via a keystroke from a USB keyboard. It does not have any similar settings at all.
     
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    Damm, I miss my old IBM model M keyboard... :\

    (they are getting hard to find with Danish layout...)
     
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    Ha ha, nice. Trollin', trollin', trollin', keep those trolls a trollin', TROLLHIDE! Yeah!