PS/2

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

PS/2 may refer to any of the following:

Pictures of computer green and purple PS/2 ports.1. Often referred to as the mouse port or keyboard port, the PS/2 port was developed by IBM and is used to connect a computer mouse or keyboard to an IBM compatible computer. The PS/2 port is a mini DIN plug that contains six pins and is still sometimes found on all IBM compatible computers.

Note: Most new computers use USB for the keyboard and mouse.

The picture to shows what the PS/2 ports may look like on the back of your computer. As can be seen by both of these pictures many computers have adopted the color codes purple and teal as identifications for each of the port. The mouse is teal and the keyboard is purple.

Below, the left picture is an example of the PS/2 plug and the right illustration is of the actual PS/2 connection with its pin layouts.

PS2 computer mouse cable

6 pin PS/2 specifications

Pin Voltage Assignment
1 +2.0 to +5.5v Keyboard Data
2 +4.8 to +5.5v Reserved
3 Ground Ground
4 +2.0 to +5.5v +5.0V DC
5 +2.0 to +5.5v Keyboard Clock
6 +2.0 to +5.5v Reserved

2. PS/2 was an IBM computer that was first introduced in 1987 that had improved graphics, a 3.5-inch diskette drive, a proprietary bus to help prevent clone makers competition, and a bidirectional 8-bit port.

3. PS2 is short for PlayStation 2, a gaming console system developed by Sony.

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