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

Updated: 05/09/2017 by Computer Hope

Pictures of computer green and purple PS/2 ports.Today's laptops rarely, if ever, have a PS/2 port for connecting an external mouse or keyboard. However, all laptops have one or more USB ports. If you have a PS/2 mouse you'd like to connect to the laptop, a simple PS/2 to USB adapter 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 a PS/2 to USB adapter for a keyboard or 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 adapters are passive adapters and 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, these may not work when using a PS/2 to USB adapters.

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Additional information

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