PC keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by starikarp, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. starikarp macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2013

    I have iMac keyboard ( al little one) which I hate and I don't like it. On my FreeBSD computer I have Cherry PS2 keyboard which I like to use with iMac but iMac has just USB ports. I am not sure how adapter USB/PS2 works.
    How is your experience? Does anyone use adapters, please?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. starikarp thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2013
    But my is PS2 and I don't know which adapter should I but that works...
    Thank you.
  4. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    You can find USB-to-PS/2 adapters on Amazon, NewEgg, or similar stores (possibly even locally, but they're not a very common item). For example, if you trust brand names, Belkin has the Belkin USB to PS/2 adapter. If that's too much money, there's a less well-known brand Perixx PERIPRO-401, PS/2 to USB Adapter. All I've seen look similar to those two, so you can probably search and find some others, as well.

    Sometimes, your computer, keyboard, or mouse (or some combination of them) simply will not work with the adapter. If you read the reviews, you'll probably see this--occasionally, person will say it doesn't work. If that ends up being the case for you, perhaps you could try a different keyboard or mouse, or a different adapter if all else fails. I've used mine on a couple different MacBooks without any problem (I got one from NewEgg in 2005 or so and don't remember which one it was anymore--and I don't use it anymore). I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility that it simply won't work, but hopefully it works for you.

    As a final note, there are actually two kinds of these adapters: "passive" and "active." I'm sure both of the two above are passive. They are likely compatible with any recent (i.e., produced in the era of USB, even if the keyboard itself has only PS/2) keyboard but may not work with older ones--or at least that seems to be the trend. Here's an an adapter that appears to be "active": Ziotek PS2 Keyboard To USB Adapter. That just means that it contains a little chip inside to help with the conversion. They tend to be more widely compatible, but also more expensive. Note also that this one works only for a keyboard, so you'll have to buy a different adapter if you have a PS/2 mouse. Finally, you can see that this adapter is somewhat bulky, so depending on where you're putting it, you may want a small USB "extension" cable.

    Good luck!
  5. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    If it's for a separate system, just get another keyboard. I use a Filco MJ2 TKL with Cherry Browns on my primary desktop and a QFR with Blues for another system. The QFR (Coolermaster) can be picked up for a steal. The key cap printing is atrocious to look at but it's a good excuse to pick up some thick PBT's or double shots.
  6. kjaytips macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2013
    agree,But my is PS2 and I don't know which adapter should I but that works.[​IMG]
  7. starikarp thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2013
    Thank you very much.

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