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TonyF
09-03-2005, 09:18 PM
My wife wishes to get a better mouse for her older machine with a serial mouse port. We have some PS2 to serial adapters, but it seems that most modern PS2 mice won't work through adapters. What to do ?
Get a new machine, new wife, etc etc??.
Cheers Tony

Metla
09-03-2005, 09:25 PM
Buy a serial mouse.

It will have to be a ball mouse but you can still get em that are comfertable and precise.

Cicero
09-03-2005, 09:27 PM
My wife wishes to get a better mouse for her older machine with a serial mouse port. We have some PS2 to serial adapters, but it seems that most modern PS2 mice won't work through adapters. What to do ?
Get a new machine, new wife, etc etc??.
Cheers Tony
I would opt for new machine,have a word with Jack.aka JJJJJJJJ

gibler
09-03-2005, 09:30 PM
I see that Ascent still sell some new serial mice for about $15...

TonyF
09-03-2005, 09:30 PM
Too many Jjs ! But I seek answer other than new machine. (Mine comes fiorst ...)

godfather
09-03-2005, 09:32 PM
Certainly older mice would work through an RS232 to PS2 adapter, but newer mice are usually USB compatable with a USB to PS2 adapter.

Possibly these may not work, but any PS2 only ones *should* work I would have thought. Google does suggest otherwise though, that many will not work.

But you are also right, trade in on a new one. Perhaps you could also get a new computer as part of the trade?

Metla
09-03-2005, 09:33 PM
then....Buy yourself a new machine,and give her your old one.

Though if your wife is anything like mine.....

TonyF
09-03-2005, 09:34 PM
I see that Ascent still sell some new serial mice for about $15...
That's the answer - thanks. I had looked at Ascent but missed that one !!
Cheers Tony

Cicero
09-03-2005, 09:44 PM
That's the answer - thanks. I had looked at Ascent but missed that one !!
Cheers Tony
Skinflint!

TonyF
09-03-2005, 10:07 PM
then....Buy yourself a new machine,and give her your old one.



Done that twice already .... there has to be a limit....

TonyF
09-03-2005, 10:10 PM
Thanks Godfather. This from pcguide.com ...
"I have a PS/2-style mouse that I want to use on a serial port but it doesn't work when I use an adapter to convert it from the PS/2 6-pin mini-DIN connector to the 9-pin serial connector

Explanation: You have a mouse with a PS/2-style 6-pin mini-DIN connector for connecting to the PS/2 mouse port. You want to be able to use this mouse as a standard serial mouse so you connected it to an adapter that takes a 6-pin round mouse and converts it to a standard 9-pin DB9 serial connector. However, the mouse does not work when connected this way.

Diagnosis: The problem is that the PS/2-style mouse and the serial mouse are not just different in terms of the connectors they use, they are different electrically as well. The signaling levels are different, so just using an adapter will not always work. What complicates the matter so much is that there are some mice that are called "combo" mice, which will automatically use either the PS/2 or the serial signaling depending on what sort of system they are plugged into. This type of mouse, when used with an adapter of the sort mentioned above, will work in a serial port. However, not all PS/2-style mice are combo mice, and this is what causes all the confusion. To make matters worse, most mice do not have printed on them whether they are "combo" or not, and sometimes even the documentation is not very helpful. (Buying a mouse with a PS/2 port that comes with a PS/2-to-serial adapter is a good hint that it is combo, of course!)