USB Keyboard with Beige G3

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  1. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    I recently acquired a Beige G3 from my place of employment. It was just a tower without keyboard and mouse. I got the proper cable to hook it up to my PC monitor, and I bought a PCI USB card to use with it. I then used a USB keyboard and mouse to install 10.2, which worked great. I then wanted to install OS 9. Unfortunately, I assume because I am not using an ADB keyboard I cannot press the C key to boot from cd. So, I coppied the OS 9 folder from my iBook to my PowerMac just to see if it would boot. The computer boots into OS 9 now but I have no keyboard and mouse so I cannot login nor can I change the computer to boot back to 10.2. Any advice? If all else fails I will buy an ADB keyboard from somewhere, but I'd rather not.
     
  2. t300 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, there is such thing as an ADB-to-USB adapter you could check out. It's a useful little device when working with a combo of old and new stuff. Good luck!
     
  3. AdamR01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!! Do you know of any places to purchase one?

    Does anyone think if I pushed the CUDA reset button I might reset something and be able to boot into 10.2? I started to think about it, and I realized maybe If I could get back into 10.2 I could get a VNC server and somehow set up 9 to load it at startup.
     
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  5. AdamR01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That looks like its going in the wrong direction anyways. That would let you plug an ADB device into USB. I would need a way to plug a USB keyboard into ADB.
     
  6. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    for the usb devices in os 9, you probably need a driver of some sort, how strange this might be... but holding the C button is going to be a problem with startup, you pci card probably isn't accepted until the os fully loads...hmmmm....

    Just get an old Apple ADB keyboard and an ADB mouse, they are really cheap. I still prefer them over every other keyboard and mouse that was ever made. Those keyboards are sooo sturdy and never brake! If you pay 10 USD for them, it is still much, but you probably get an LC or SE30 with it! :D
     
  7. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000

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    I had this same problem on my old Beige G3. At one point I spilled soda (OK, it was really beer) on the ADB keyboard, so I was using a USB. In my experience, there's no way to get it to recognize the USB keyboard for boot functions. Once the ADB dried out and was working again only then was I able to access boot functions (pressing C to boot from CD-ROM, zapping the PRAM, etc...).

    Last I checked, MacSales.com had ADB keyboards for like $2 - I agree the best thing to do is invest in one and re-install your system software from scratch.
     
  8. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    Yea the powermac ADB keyboard is better than anything apple has released for usb...
     
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Let me know if you get to this point, I may have one available for cheap. Now that I think about it, I may also have the mouse. Need to check my closet.
     
  10. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    yupperz... the beige was the last mac to ship w/o usb onboard. which means the usb will not be recognized until after the system has completed loading. which sucks for you.

    doing a CUDA reset or otherwise on this machine is pointless. It's an old world ROM, and will always look for the classic mac OS before it thinks about OS X.

    pick up a cheapie adb keyboard, and that'll be that. that's why I never used a USB kb on my beige when I had it. If you can find a semi-mac nut, they're likely to have extra adb kb's strewn about and will give you one. in fact, i might have a spare for the cost of shipping (which may well be more than just going and picking one up yourself).
     
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