|"I need to retrieve files from my old style computer but it doesn't work with either a USB or wireless mouse. Do I need to buy an adapter to plug into the serial port?"|
There is no adapter I know of, even one with circuitry between the ends, that you could plug into a serial port that can be used with a USB mouse.
If it has USB ports it should at least work with a corded USB mouse in the operating system (Win 95 and up) - are the USB controllers enabled in the bios Setup ? You may need to use a PS/2 keyboard to get into the bios Setup.
If it doesn't have USB ports or if it does but they don't work....
Good luck finding a new serial mouse these days.
A used one will work.
A simple gender adapter won't work unless the mouse is a "combo" one - wired up and designed to be used with both types of connections.
I've never seen or heard of one for USB / serial port use.
Some OLD mice are combo PS/2 / serial (PS/2 connector on the cord) or combo serial / PS/2 (serial connector on the cord) - but the wiring of the gender adapter varies and was never standardized, so if the gender adapter did not come with the mouse it may not work..
Some mice with a USB connector on the cord are combo USB / PS/2 - as far as I have seen, there is only one way the gender adapter is wired up, so any USB (female) to PS/2(male) gender adapter should work with it.
It's possible some mice with a PS/2 connector on the cord are combo PS/2 / USB - but I haven't seen any.