I have an old style computer on which a USB m

March 10, 2011 at 04:06:56
Specs: Windows XP
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?

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#1
March 10, 2011 at 04:56:27
Why not just pull the hard drive out and slave it on your new machine. If you have an IDE ribbon in the machine already, just piggyback it set the jumpers to slave and pull the info off it. They do make adapters, but no guarantee they would work.

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-268...


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#2
March 10, 2011 at 05:05:53
Remove the hdd and connect it to your new system or u can use only keyboard(if u know shortcuts).


edit: didn't see grasshopper post.
We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#3
March 10, 2011 at 07:06:22
At least we think alike Kuwese.

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#4
March 10, 2011 at 07:43:07
"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.


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