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PeterNY
July 17th, 2010, 02:10 PM
:D
My first ever keyboard (a Philips P2814-000) from the early 1980/90s is now hooked up to my Lenovo ThinkPad W500 through the following method:
DIN-PS/2 converter to a PS/2 to a USB adapter. Wierdly enough the most right 2 rows of numerical keypad keys do not work though (* through . and - through ENTER).

Anyway, in case anyone is interested, these adapters are on sale at http://outlet.lenovo.com as part # 41A1585.
Belkin USB to PS/2 Adapter (New)

Interestingly enough I can also connect directly to the PS/2 port on my Lenovo docking station with the same issue on the right 2 rows of numerical keypad keys.

modem7
July 17th, 2010, 02:53 PM
This type of adapter is also available on eBay, e.g. item 170462731719

PeterNY
July 19th, 2010, 08:45 AM
This type of adapter is also available on eBay, e.g. item 170462731719

I tried a couple of generic convertors that all did not work. I also tried some USB HUBs that come with PS/2 ports but those did not work either. I believe DIN to PS/2 might require some conversion inside the convertor that is not standard. Then again, I might be wrong. :cool:

tingo
July 19th, 2010, 02:38 PM
Something like the Keyrah[1] perhaps?

References:
1) http://www.vesalia.de/e_keyrah.htm