[rescue] USB KVM with my Octane: possible?

John Floren slawmaster at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 14:16:32 CDT 2007

On 6/18/07, Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com> wrote:
> John Floren wrote:
> >>> | I've tried simply plugging a PS/2<->USB adapter in, and I wasn't able
> >>> | to get any type of output on the screen, or even have the keyboard
> >>> | LEDs light up.
> >>>
> >>> Well, that sounds like the right answer, but all the PS/2<->USB
> >>> adapters I have take a PS/2 keyboard and mouse and adapt them to a USB
> >>> computer.  What you need is the opposite -- something to adapt a USB
> >>> keyboard and mouse to a PS/2 computer.
> >>>
> >>> I've never seen an adapter like that.
> >> Raritan, I believe, makes one, but it isn't cheap.
> >
> > Wait, an adaptor that goes from USB to PS/2? Hell, I got one of those
> > included when I bought my El Cheapo USB keyboard, unless you're
> > talking about a somehow *different* USB to PS/2 adaptor.
> > If I remember right, my friend has a whole bag of them sitting in the
> > back of her car.
> That adapter doesn't actually adapt USB to PS/2.  There is some
> circuitry in your cheapo keyboard that can detect that adapter and
> switch its interface to a PS/2 mode, which corresponds to the input and
> output pinouts on that adapter.
> Not exactly the same thing.
> Peace...  Sridhar

Bummer. I prefer to deal with Model M's anyway, so my knowledge of USB
keyboards is rather lacking ;)

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