From: Mike Harrison
Subject: Re: USB vs PS/2
Organization: White Wing Logic
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Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 16:39:52 +0100
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On Mon, 30 Sep 2002 14:54:37 GMT, "Marc Reinig"
>> I bought a mouse that has a USB connection on the cord, but it also came
>> with a small adapter that allows it to be plugged into my PS/2 port. What
>> does the adapter do?. Does to just adapt the wiring or is it adapting
>> voltage levels, etc.?
>It is adapting voltage levels, bus protocol, etc. No it is not just
>adapting the wiring.
Wrong. It is not a USB to PS2 converter (although you can get these) .
It's just a pinout adapter, The mouse implements both USB and PS/2
interfaces internally, and switches between them depending what it
detects that it's plugged into. The adapter is not of any use with
things other than this mouse (or similar ones)
>> If I have a laptop without a USB port and want to use USB accessories, can
>> use the PS/2 port? This computer's PS/2 port allows either a mouse or
>> Also is USB only for Windows, or does it work under DOS also?
>Windows 98 and beyond has native support for USB from MS. Windows 95 has
>broken add-in support for USB from MS.
Which is not worth even trying to use. Even if you do get it to work,
you'll find that the drivers for most USB devices insist on win98.