Old mac keyboard to usb adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by izzysanime, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have an old mac keyboard (the old big white one from my mac 5400). I have a large monitor hooked up to my powerbook and its keyboard is hard to use since i have to have the screen down, so i dont like any new keyboards and i still love the old one. Is there an adapter for it to a usb port?

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Sounds like you need a PS/2-to-USB adapter. Most stores that sell computer parts should have them for $5-10. Make sure you get the female PS/2-to-male USB one.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmm, i think ps/2 is a pc thing, not mac, right? I just checked, the ps/2 adapter that came with a pc keyboard had 2 more pins than the mac. Is that ok though?

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Oh, you're right...I wasn't thinking. :eek:

    Older Macs used ADB. Adapters are somewhat rare these days, but they are around. Here is a dual one for $30, but it's shipping in 2+ weeks. RadioShack sells the iMate for $40.

    Might want to think about a new keyboard as a cheaper/same cost option unless you're really attached to that keyboard. :D
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have looked at many different keyboards. As much as I'm a fan of mac stuff, I hate that the keyboards are so small, i like them being thin, but i need more keys. I would like one that maybe has a big return key (like the on the older apple IIGS keyboards ^_^) and the power button. I will get a new keyboard i guess at those prices.

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
  6. macrumors 68020

    brdeveloper

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    Ressurrecting the topic, I'd like to use an old Mac LC II keyboard (ADB interface) with my USB-only Macbook.

    I bought a PS/2-to-USB adapter and I've broken the plastic piece that prevented ADB connector from fitting to PS/2 slot. I found that ADB is not so compatible to PS/2 despite the similar connections so I would like to know if anyone tried a DIY solution or something I could buy on Ebay.

    Thanks!
     

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