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COM to PS/2 port... help?

Post by {Nathan} » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:48 pm

I am trying to increase the life of my laptop's power cord by hooking it up like a desktop & not moving it around all the time... but it only has 1 ps/2 port and all I have is 1 ps/2 keyboard and 1 ps/2 mouse... my dad was able to bring home a COM to PS/2 port home from work, but I cannot find any drivers to work for either the keyboard or the mouse... any help?
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Post by SebMcClouth » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:56 pm

THere might be another solution. A Fujitsu/sIemens generation laptops (5 years ago) had a t-splitter ps2. You connect it to your laptop ps2-port and it should be able to work.

I've gotten one myself and I am going to try it. Tell ya later if it works kk?

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Post by {Nathan} » Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:43 pm

I know I can connect it to my ps/2 port, but I need that for the mouse (assuming I am using the keyboard through the COM port).
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Post by matt2jones » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:29 pm

I might. I have an old 286 that only uses ps1 ports, I'll take a look.

I'm still a little confused as to what your saying though... What have you and what do you need again?

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Post by DrV » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:54 pm

I undestand what you're saying -- I know that most IBM laptops with PS/2 connectors only have one, which can be used for either mouse or keyboard; however, there is also a Y cable (like SebMcClouth was speaking of for Fujitsu/Siemens laptops) that allows you to connect both mouse and keyboard. I've never heard of a PS/2-to-serial mouse converter, but it could potentially be possible, I guess... I've got about a dozen serial mice back home, too, if you want to come pick one up. :wink:

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Post by Patz QuickBASIC Creations » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:56 pm

Well, finally, I may have an answer!

Nathan, if you are using an MS-DOS Mouse Driver (MOUSE.COM), search for your MOUSE.INI (or .sys, I don't remember.) and edit it (EDIT MOUSE.INI). Where it says type=ps2, switch the ps2 to serial1. Exit and restart your laptop with the keyboard in the PS2 port and the mouse in the SERIAL adapter and it should work.

:arrow: UPDATE: Don't bother with this method. Download the drivers from the Utilities section, and activate "msetyp.exe". And then press the S key. Yep, that simple... :P
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Post by Patz QuickBASIC Creations » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:07 pm

I will post a download in the Utilities section with MS-DOS mouse drivers. It will also include a program, "msetyp.exe", which will changes the files to make your mouse work with a serial or PS2 port.


:arrow: UPDATE: The file is now available for download, tell me if it works

:arrow: And, Seb, yes you can use it for QBinux :P, but I'll make a few adjustments for it if that's the case.

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Post by {Nathan} » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:41 pm

Sorry, I am using it with windows... but anywhay, here:

I have a Serial to PS/2 port converter...

I have 2 PS/2 devices.

I need to hook them booth up, but with the converter, the drivers fail.
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Post by Patz QuickBASIC Creations » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:50 pm

Try it, just activate the "msetyp.exe" file while in the command prompt. Activate the SERIAL mode. Then, add "C:\(path)\MOUSE.COM" to your AUTOEXEC.BAT - It should work...

BTW, what version of Microshit Windung are you using? 8)

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Post by {Nathan} » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:47 pm

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Post by Michael Calkins » Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:52 am

I've never heard of a PS/2-to-serial mouse converter, but it could potentially be possible, I guess...
Yes, they exist, and I have at least one.

Nathan, does your laptop have any serial ports?
my dad was able to bring home a COM to PS/2 port home from work,
you mean a PS/2 to serial adapter? It should have PS/2 female on one end and 9 pin serial female (DB9F) on the other.

I'm not sure about this, but I think that with at least some computers, the PS/2 port will be for mice only, and not keyboards, or keyboards only, and not mice. My IBM 486 has 2 PS/2 ports, one is labeled for keyboard, the other for a mouse. I doubt it would work if I switched the two.
Also, does your computer have an AT keyboard port? It is round like a PS/2 port, but significantly larger. If so, you can get a PS/2 to AT adapter for your keyboard (PS/2 female to AT male).
but I cannot find any drivers to work for either the keyboard or the mouse... any help?
Keyboards do not require drivers. Mice do, but usually this is a generic driver that will work with either serial or PS/2 mice. Windows 98SE should support either with its own drivers. Since you use 98SE, you have MS-DOS also. Most generic MS-DOS mouse drivers will support either serial or PS/2.
Don't connect your keyboard to the serial port using the adapter. It will not work.
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Post by {Nathan} » Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:10 am

that helps.... sorta... but it does have a female ps/2 port, and it goes into the com port... i do have a com port... no, no AT port... and i can use mouse or keyboard in my ps/2 port
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Post by Patz QuickBASIC Creations » Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:42 pm

Put the mouse into the COM adapter, put the keyboard into the PS/2 port. Then, run 'msetyp.exe' from my mouse drivers download in the utilities section. Set it for serial. Then, add:

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X:\(Path)\MOUSE.COM
to your AUTOEXEC.BAT, where X is the drive you saved it in, and PATH is where you saved the driver files.

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Post by {Nathan} » Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:59 pm

Ill try that, but I am trying to switch to 'nix. Until I am sure I love it, im gonna use a bootable cd... downloading knoppix right now.
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Post by Michael Calkins » Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:50 pm

A correction of something I said...
If so, you can get a PS/2 to AT adapter for your keyboard (PS/2 female to AT male).
More specifically, it consists of PS/2 female on one end, and AT male on the other, making it actually a PS/2 male to AT female adapter... I was imagining it correclty but forgot that saying "a such-and-such to such-and-such adapter" means the "such-and-such" are the things that need connecting, not the connectors on the adapter. Oh well. Just needed to make that correction.
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Post by SebMcClouth » Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:59 am

PQBC wrote:I will post a download in the Utilities section with MS-DOS mouse drivers. It will also include a program, "msetyp.exe", which will changes the files to make your mouse work with a serial or PS2 port.


:arrow: UPDATE: The file is now available for download, tell me if it works

:arrow: And, Seb, yes you can use it for QBinux :P, but I'll make a few adjustments for it if that's the case.
Yes, me interested... not sure what it is... but yes... definatly interested...

I couldn't get it to work on my IBM... the mouse did work, but the keyboard didn't... Could be because the only ps2 device on my laptop is for a mouse. Anywayz...

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Post by {Nathan} » Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:11 pm

Thanks for the help all

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