Keyboard Converters (was Re: IBM RS/6000)

Steven N. Hirsch shirsch at
Thu Feb 2 17:08:17 CST 2006

On Thu, 2 Feb 2006, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> At 8:36 AM -0800 2/2/06, Cameron Kaiser wrote:
> > > >    Best keyboards in the biz, baybee.  It was worth finding a
> > > > USB-PS/2 dobgle that really works so I can use one on my G5.
> > >
> > >  You have it working on your G5!?!?  Of course I'm still running my
> > >  Apple Extended II Keyboard via a USB-ADB converter :^)
> >
> >LOL! I did the exact same thing!
> Something tells me that this is a fairly popular configuration with long-time
> Mac users.  I used the keyboard that came with my G4/450 AGP for exactly 3
> days till I could get the converter.  It was three of the worst days of my
> life, as the original G4's shipped with that pathetic keyboard that was on the
> original iMac's.  I didn't even try the keyboard that came with my G5, I
> simply set it aside.  I do use it now, but on my work laptop, and only then
> because I don't have a better USB keyboard around.
> Mice are where I've had real problems once I switched to Mac OS X. First I was
> using a semi-acceptable mouse that shipped with HP Itanium 2 Workstations, now
> I'm using an IBM optical mouse (seems appropriate since I'm using my G5
> keyboard on a Thinkpad).  What I really want is a mouse like the classic
> Logitech mouse that shipped with most workstations in the late 90's.  I've
> thought about getting a PS/2-to-USB converter to try and hook one up, but have
> kind of become hooked on the scroll-wheel for my Mac.

I never had much luck using a PS2 keyboard + USB converter on my G4 tower.  
Any particular brands which seem to work better than others?  Any which 
map to the Apple / Command keys?


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