How can I connect a PS/2 mouse and keyboard to my laptop?

Pictures of computer green and purple PS/2 ports.Today's laptops only be using the PS/2 interface for the touchpad and will not have a PS/2 port on the back of the computer, like the ones shown on the right. However, all laptops have a USB port. If you have a PS/2 mouse you'd like to connect to the computer a simple PS/2 to USB converter can be purchased allowing your PS/2 mouse to work with the laptop. Below, is a picture of a PS/2 to USB adapter.

PS/2 to USB adapterNote: If you need this PS/2 to USB converter for a keyboard or for a keyboard and mouse we suggest getting a PS/2 to USB converter that has both a mouse and keyboard connection. Often many of the cheap PS/2 to USB converters are passive adapters and will often only work with a mouse and not a keyboard.

Finally, keep in mind that if your mouse and keyboard has any extra functionality or drivers included with it that these may also not work when using these adapters.

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Additional information

  • See the PS/2 and USB definitions for further information and related links.