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    Connecting ps2 keyboard to usb plug

    On my Windows Home Server 2011, the only keyboard I have available has a PS2 connection (purple).

    I thought that I ought to be able to connect using a conversion plug (green), female PS2 to USB. But, it doesn't work.

    Yes, I know that I ought to be able to connect via Remote Desktop Protocol, but there are times when I want to be able to deal direct with the WHS box.

    What am I missing on the business of connecting the purple plug keyboard via the green conversion plug? Do I have the wrong connector?

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    I've not had success going from PS2 to USB, only the other way.
    A cheap / second hand keyboard may be your best bet.

    cheers, Paul

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    I use an adapter which looks just like this one to connect my old-time IBM PS/2 keyboard to a USB port. I believe mine is a Belkin.

    Here is another one which is a lot cheaper.

    My experience has been that it has worked perfectly every time.

    I believe the difference between this one and what you are using is that my cable has the electronics built in, whereas yours doesn't.

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    If the adapter physically allows you to connect the two things, then the configuration of it is correct at least. But not all keyboards and adapters are created equal. I can recall a situation years back where a similar setup would not work for me. You can try buying another adapter but are probably better off just getting a cheap keyboard (e.g. EBay, thrift shop) since you won't use it that much.
    Graham Smith
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    Yes, keyboards are cheap, and that's probably the way to go.

    Thanks, all, for your replies.

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