Subject: Re: USB -> PS/2: does it work?
To: David Laight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bryan P <email@example.com>
Date: 10/02/2002 10:25:10
On the distinguished day of Oct 2, David Laight wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 02, 2002 at 11:34:32AM -0500, Richard Rauch wrote:
> > Re. http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2002/10/02/0000.html
> > I can't comment about a general adaptor. However, I have a keyboard
> > that works either as USB or plugs into a USB<->PS/2-keyboard adaptor
> > (which shipped with the keyboard). This works for me.
> That works because the keyboard can tell whether it is being sent PS/2
> data or USB data. Thus you only need a 'mechanical' adapter.
> I very much doubt as to whether anyone actually makes a USB to serial
> converter that would let you plug an old 'non USB aware' PS/2 keyboard
> into a USB socket.
I hope (and suspect) you are wrong. Refer, for example, to
http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/usb-adap.html. I have heard of these working
for people with $$ operating systems, and want to know if anyone has used
one successfully with NetBSD.
> In any case it would be cheaper to buy a USB keyboard...
I already have two Kinesis classic programmable keyboards, and they are
quite unique in ergonomic design. I very much hope they will or can be
made to work with this adapter on NetBSD.