PS/2 Barcode Scanner to USB

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by crazyrog17, May 15, 2009.

  1. crazyrog17 macrumors regular

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    I got a laser barcode scanner from ebay for a song and now I'd like to use it to catalog my enormous DVD collection.

    It has a PS/2 plug, but no such port on my MBP. A cheap straight-through PS/2 to USB adapter didn't work. The scanner received power and would read barcodes, but the data was not sent through to the machine.

    I purchased a well reviewed USB - PS/2 adapter from DealExtreme (https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6175) and when I plugged it in the first time, it asked me to identify the keyboard by pressing the key to the right of the left-shift.

    There are no keys on my scanner, so what the heck can I do to get it identified? Is there a way to trick it into using a generic keyboard layout?
     
  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Perhaps it's looking for drivers?
     
  3. crazyrog17 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The USB adapter allows the OS to see it as a keyboard. It just needs to identify the keyboard's layout.

    Thanks though.

    I've tried to get it to work with a regular PS/2 keyboard, but it hasn't worked yet.

    Perhaps I should try it on another computer.
     
  4. crazyrog17 thread starter macrumors regular

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    UPDATE:

    Well, it seems when the adapter is plugged in alone, the adaptor is detected as a keyboard. I can't get it to be identified by the OS.

    Is there a way around the identification?
     
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I'm thinking you need drivers for it as well. :( Without them, it will continue to be misidentified, and not work.
     

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