Convert usb port to take 9 pin din

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July 17, 2010 at 09:33:50
Specs: Windows Vista
My new computer only has usb ports but I want to use a wireless keyboard and mouse that I already have. The problem is one of the connections is a 9 pin din. Is there a connector or cable available that can convert the din to a usb? I have googled it and tried a few electronics websites but no joy

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#1
July 17, 2010 at 09:38:43
9 pin din? as in a serial port?

You could add a serial port PCI card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

There are also cable adapters. Just do a google search for "serial port to USB adapter"


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#2
July 17, 2010 at 09:59:29
I'm not so sure this is a serial connector. All the 9 pin serial connectors I have seen have been D Type plugs. You need to find out exactly what kind of interface this 9 pin DIN expects to be connected to.

If it is in fact a serial connector getting an adaptor that will take a 9 pin DIN plug is going to be very difficult if not impossible.

Check the pin configuration against this list and see if anything looks like it. If it were a six pin DIN plug then it would be a simple PS/2 connector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-D...

or is the plug like this:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...

Stuart


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#3
July 17, 2010 at 10:38:52
What brand was your original pc? I'm betting it was a bespoke keyboard that may only fit the original system. AFAIK 9pin 'DIN' plugs were never used as standards on computers, I've seen 9-pin mini DIN used for video connections - the old-style AT keyboards were 5-pin 'DIN' type and of course PS2 is 6 pin.
Being wireless makes it slightly more problematic.

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#4
July 17, 2010 at 13:59:49
Don't depend on one of those PS2-to-USB adapters. They are notorious for being big trouble even on wired keyboards let alone wireless ones.

Not sure you're right about the 9-pin DIN though. Only connections I've seen on wireless modules for keyboard & mouse kits are either USB or the round PS2. It would be highly unusual for such a device to have a serial plug.


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#5
July 18, 2010 at 02:50:08
Hi Thank you for all the responses. Both pc's are Dell and the wireless set is Microsoft. I have personally looked at the din and it isnt a 9 pin but a 6 pin (I just took for granted what OH told me!) Apologies for that
The optical desktop receiver lead splits in to two plugs. The mouse is usb that previously was plugged into a converter to make it a 6 pin din (which obviously I can remove) but the keyboard ends in a 6 pin din. I am hoping there is a reverse connector available that can make 6 pin din into usb!

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#6
July 18, 2010 at 03:39:53
If its a 6 pin then it is probably PS/2 and should plug directly into a PS/2 port.

You can get PS/2 to USP adaptors family easily.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Pro-...

Stuart


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#7
July 18, 2010 at 04:07:00
Stuart

That's perfect thank you. Amazon are out of stock but least I have a starting point. Next time I'll check the connections myself!


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