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PS/2 keyboard port pins broke..need alternatives


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trelement

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The keyboard port pins on the board are bent,, so I need an alternative to using the PS/2 port.

I'm thinking of getting a USB card, and getting a USB keyboard. How would i go about setting it up. I know how to install the card, and plug the keyboard in, but wouldn't I have to change some settings in the BIOS so that it looks for the keyboard on USB, and not on the PS/2 port? Except, how would I do that without a keyboard? Eek.


Help...
Are there any other alternatives to get around this keyboard port problem?

Soldering another port onto it?

Need help badly.
Pretty frustrated here.

It's a Compaq Deskpro 6000 with Windows 98
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You can always use a knife and bend the pins back, do you not have usb ports on your computer at the moment if you do you can just use them and if you are using them get a keyboard that has a usb hub in it, i actually use a apple one as my spare keyboard lol, the usb ports are handy.
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It doesn't have USB ports on it...but if I get a USB Card,, I can't enable it on my BIOS without the keyboard.

The "pins" are split...it's not 'ordinary' pins...they're sorta like pockets for pins....and they're split.
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Very strange if it doesnt have any usb ports it probably wont have usb keyboard support. Very strange not to have any usb ports.
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It's a pretty old computer (1997/1998)
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The PS2 Port connector on the back of your computer has female sockets . . . .not pins.

What does your keyboard pins look like? Any missing or just bent over?

Is your PS2 Connector the Large 5 pin type or miniature 6 pin type?

Which pin is damanged? Only 4 are used. There is a good chance connector is ok or can be used. . .

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The keyboard pins aren't bent.....the port female sockets are, lol...

They're split and bent in..but the split ones can be moved so that it looks normal. It's the 6 type..

All of the sockets have been moved...a few have them are bent and split.

().....() < split in half and bent
().....() < split in half and bent
...()..()

The rest are 'moved'.

Edited by trelement, 02 August 2005 - 01:47 PM.

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Have you soldered on motherboard before?

Are the connector sockets hardwired to motherboard with right angled pins?

If they are: You may be able to snip the pins at the right angle & make an adapter cable. . . (Using insulated male pins crimped to wired female connector) I do not have the part number handy of the female connector or male pins - that you would need. . . but you can Google or Froogle : "PS2 Female Connector".

You would / should remove the Motherboard to do this.

I do NOT recommend doing this if you don't know/understand what I am suggesting.

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Edited by Jack123, 02 August 2005 - 02:21 PM.

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Infact you only would need to connect to (2) pins :

PIN (1) - Keyboard Data
PIN (5) - Keyboard Clock

The other 2 pins are power & Gnd . . . . you can pick them up elseware.

PIN (3) - GND
PIN (4) - +5 VDC

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Edited by Jack123, 02 August 2005 - 02:37 PM.

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Juss ditched the computer :tazz:

Hehe, well, actually. I bought them a Compaq EN P3 750 MhZ (w/ Windows XP) using the money they gave me for 'fixing' this other Compaq...

(I rebuilt it...but then they broke it accidentally the next day after I gave it to them, haha.)
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