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Using a PS2 > USB converter?
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Jun 8, 2007, 04:10 AM
Either I have a dead converter, or mac's don't like ps2 converted keyboards?

I was trying to use a MS Natural Elite today - no go. Also had trouble with a known working Compaq ps2 model as well.

Am I out of luck at getting a Natural Elite to work on my mac? (MS never made it in USB native)
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Jun 8, 2007, 03:37 PM
Works fine on my dad's Mac mini … 
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Jun 8, 2007, 07:13 PM
There are two different kinds of PS2<->USB converters: simple pin adapters (for keyboards that support USB and just need the plug changed, about $0.50) and actual converters (for keyboards that only support PS/2, about $5).

Buy an actual converter and you'll be fine.
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Jun 9, 2007, 04:41 PM
I use a 21 years old ADB Apple (obviously) keyboard everyday with my MacBook. I know this is comparing apples to oranges but I think the keyboards or that era were just made better.
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