Solved Connect AT keyboard with 5-pin male DIN connector to laptop

January 11, 2012 at 22:54:31
Specs: Windows XP
I have an AT keyboard with A 5-pin male connector which I connect to a 5-pin female-6-pin male adapter that I then connect to a 6-pin female-USB adapter. This is an indirect solution and compromises communication between the keyboard and the operating system.

Is there such a thing as a 5-pin female-USB adapter?

Thanks very.

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January 11, 2012 at 23:57:31
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No such thing AFAIK. The older style keyboards which often used mechanical switching, have the same internal wiring as a PS/2, but I'm pretty sure they actually draw more current than a USB can normally supply - that's probably the cause of your communication issue & no way around that I'm afraid, USB has its limits.

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January 12, 2012 at 00:07:55
Thank you.
Not the answer(s) I was hoping for, but the answer(s) I already suspected.

Sometimes it's a drag to be correct.

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January 12, 2012 at 04:14:45
Why do you want to do that anyway? Keyboards are cheap and plentyful. Go to your local resale shop and you can probably find one for 2 or 3 dollars.

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January 12, 2012 at 04:42:11
It's all about the keyboard -- vintage, White Alps mechanical switches, clicky & tactile. My HP Notebook has a perfectly fine keyboard that I avoid using in favour of a peripheral OmniKey / 102 keyboard. It's THE BEST. Excathedra.

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