Solved ps2 keyboard doesn't work anymore with usb adapter

January 29, 2017 at 14:25:19
Specs: Windows 7
Ps2 keyboard used to work on my Windows 7 Dell Inspiron 5700 laptop with a PS2 to USB adapter, but now it says device not recognized. Sometimes the driver installs well and ps2 keyboard works for a while, but then all of a sudden it doesn't work again. I tried different USB ports with same result.

Does anyone have any solution?


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#1
January 29, 2017 at 15:17:05
Connection on the adapter may be corroded. Try inserting and removing multiple times.

If that doesn't solve the problem then check in Device Manager to see who supplied the USB drivers that are installed. You MAY be able to roll back to an older version, if on shows there. MS sometimes pushes hardware drivers that are not fully compatible or do not have all the features of the original drivers. I can only guess at why they do this. If you can't rol back to a driver that worked (check the dates in Device Manager> USB> properties> drivers. I would guess your drivers should be from Intel. If not---

Get the USB drivers from the Dell website.

Check how you are receiving Windows updates. Change the settings to ONLY accept Windows and Possibly MS software updates. DO NOT install hardware updates from Microsoft.


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#2
January 29, 2017 at 15:29:24
✔ Best Answer
Please note that a basic USB keyboard is very inexpensive. Your easiest answer might just be to replace the keyboard and skip the adapter.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
January 31, 2017 at 19:18:24
Thanks for your answer. I was wasting too much time and ended replacing the keyboard with a USB one.

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#4
February 1, 2017 at 16:24:01
Good to hear you are up and running again. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in fixing the problem that we forget that sometimes replacing an inexpensive item might be the best in the long run. After all, your PS2 keyboard is what? Something like twenty years old (give or take 5 or 10 years)? It had a good life, time enough for a keyboard.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
February 1, 2017 at 21:13:39
Fingers, I am typing on a Microsoft Internet keyboard pro that is PS/2 connected and also has a USB connection that serves as a port. I love this keyboard and hope i can continue to use it for a long time. The labeled dedicated buttons for multimedia and internet are great. MS still supports the keyboard with drivers.

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#6
February 1, 2017 at 23:53:59
Othehill, thank you for your answer as well. My PS/2 keyboard worked with an adapter to USB for about 2 weeks and then it stopped working. It would come back sometimes, but lately it wouldn't. I realized I have bigger fish to fry and not having a keyboard close was very annoying- I was using my laptop keyboard which was far due to a short ethernet cable :P

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#7
February 2, 2017 at 19:25:40
Othehill, certainly if the keyboard still works and you enjoy it, use it as long as it is practical. In his case, it was not working and in my opinion was not worth suffering for days without a working keyboard (except laptop one), trying to get it to work when a $15. - $25. replacement would do as well or better and no effort or time expended.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
February 2, 2017 at 21:05:21
I know, I wasn't criticizing. I even changed the best answer from mine to yours a couple of days ago.

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#9
February 3, 2017 at 12:24:16
I did not take it that way, really.
I have been known to get deep into diagnosing something and only after stepping back a bit that I realize that sometimes just replacing something inexpensive is much simpler, less time consuming, and often cheaper in the long run.
I keep my old PS2 keyboard (or two) down in the basement for possible future need.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
February 3, 2017 at 21:34:55
I still have my first AT keyboard. Paid $80 for it new back in the day. Has that old style DIN connector that pre-dates PS/2.

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#11
February 4, 2017 at 21:24:55
Wow, my first home computer was a Gateway 2000 Windows 95 a PS2 keyboard & mouse. I think there may have been early USB1.0 ports but nothing really used them and Windows only partially supported them if I remember correctly. My first computer experience was in high school (1970's) on an IBM1130 with punch cards. The dot matrix printer stood on the floor about 3 1/2ft high, about 4ft wide. The hard drive as I understand it was about 3ft in diameter.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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