Combo software for Serial to PS2 mouse

January 20, 2015 at 21:42:15
Specs: Win 3.1 Dos 6.22
Hi, I have an old 486 system that has software that runs a commercial embroidery machine and the 3 button mouse track ball is not working, I got a replacement Logitech Trackman 3 button trackball mouse but it is PS2 and my port is Serial. It is a combo mouse but Logitech has software that is installed to make the connection from the Serial to the PS2, which I do not have. Does anyone know of a downloadable software that will make the serial port read the ps2? I have a mouse adapter attached already, and the PS2 mouse works on my XP desktop computer fine, I have a two button serial mouse that works fine, but the software needs three buttons. This computer is DOS 6.22 and Win 3.1. If the software did not include physical dongles with it I would move the hard drive to the other computer and be done.

Thank you,
Cindy


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January 20, 2015 at 22:47:57
First, you're sure the replacement trackball mouse is a combo mouse--that is it was designed to work with the adapter? A mouse that isn't combo won't work with an adapter.

If that checks out, next a dos mouse driver normally loads in autoexec.bat or sometimes config.sys. A trackball mouse may not work with a generic driver so the one that's loading for the old one may not work with your new one. Did your new one come with a driver disk? If not post back its model number and we can look around for dos drivers.

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January 24, 2015 at 15:00:39
Hi, I find Cindy's references to combo and 'mouse adapter' confusing,

a) I thought a combo was simply when the keyboard and mouse were purchased as a pair (combination) and matched each other in looks.

b) is the mouse adapter on the 486, and in reality just a PS2 to serial convertor?

As Dave advises, you may need a driver, and/or modifications to config.sys and/or autoexec,bat.

It might be possible to easily repair the original trackball. I would start by disconnecting/connecting the cable inside the trackball (if it has a connector) which cleans the contacts, then metering the cable end to end, to see if any of the wires are broken.

Perhaps if make and model numbers of both trackballs were advised it might help.

Occasionally (here in the UK) trackballs are offered on ebay/computing/vintage.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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