Want to use mouse on vintage Toshiba laptop

Toshiba / T2130cs
June 2, 2010 at 20:51:35
Specs: Windows 95
I want to use my old Toshiba 2130CS laptop to send and receive emails but have plugged several mouses into the back corner and none will respond or work, only the hard-to-use thingy in the middle of the keyboard will work and I want a mouse which is a lot easier to use. Can anyone tell me what to do to be able to use a mouse on this vintage laptop ???

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#1
June 3, 2010 at 05:44:51
What type of interface is on the mouse cable? If using a serial mouse you need to provide a driver expressly designed for that mouse.

Look at the link below to see if you are using a serial connection. If you are, are you using any adapters between the mouse and the port?

http://www.google.com/search?q=pict...


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#2
June 3, 2010 at 15:28:58
Hi, i looked at the pics of a serial port. There is the usual round end with several little pins in it on the mouse and a matching hole thingy or port as it might be called that I have been putting it into. I have several mouses all with the same end on them.

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#3
June 3, 2010 at 16:37:27
I removed your email address. You would get lots of spam mail if you left it there. This is a public forum so no emails.

From your description it sounds like you have a PS/2 mouse port. Look at PS/2 ports in the link below to verify.

If so, it should work without any additional drivers, I think. I haven't used Win95 in a dozen years so my memory is hazy.


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#4
June 3, 2010 at 17:34:47
thank you, yes, it is a PS/2 mouse, I just opened the memory thingy on back and there is no memory chip, could that be a reason the mouse won't activate ?? Also, could you look at the specs that I will attempt to send you to see what size memory I should get for it ???
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snarkdreams.com/personal/tinker/T2130.txt -

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#5
June 3, 2010 at 18:17:27
What we're working on...

http://snarkdreams.com/personal/tin...

http://snarkdreams.com/personal/tin...

I have a couple of the memory cards shown in the first link, but (far as I remember) they're only 4Mb or 8Mb and untested.

The following is from a 2140 user manual...

"Use the PS/2 mouse/ keyboard port on the computer.
Make sure the mouse has a cable with a 6-pin connector for the PS/2 mouse port. If the mouse's cable is not compatible, see your dealer for an adaptor cable.

How the computer treats the connection to a PS/2 mouse depends on the setting for Pointing Devices under the HW Setup or TSETUP program. If Simultaneous is selected, you can operate both the MousePoint and the PS/2 mouse. If Auto Selected is chosen, the MousePoint is disabled when a PS/2 mouse is connected.

To connect a PS/2 mouse:
1. Turn the computer off.
2. Connect the PS/2 mouse to the PS/2 mouse/ keyboard port on the computer, pressing gently to assure a firm connection.
3. Turn on the computer.
To disconnect the mouse, turn off the computer and pull out the mouse connector.
Consult your mouse manual for instructions on how to install necessary software.

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#6
June 3, 2010 at 20:24:05
thanks sooooo much, i will digest all you sent and try it out . It will probably take all weekend as I am computer challenged.

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#7
June 3, 2010 at 21:01:42
It's pretty simple trixie. I imagine you could test the ps/2 port by trying to connect a keyboard. If the keyboard works, the port is likely OK. If not, the port could be bad.

Lot's of things can happen over time to an old laptop like yours.

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#8
June 4, 2010 at 10:14:42
Hi, I worked backwards and plugged the ball mouse into my desktop and found it's driver then copied it to a floppy then tried to get the old toshiba laptop to accept it and it said the "system cannot read this file" then I looked on the net for that same driver and saw that this mouse was only supported by windows 98 not windows 95 so there you have it. If anything I need to find an old mouse and try again. I will connect a keyboard to that port and test it like you advised. Thanks for all your help !!!

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