I have an Apple keyboard and I want to connect it to my PC at work. They have the USB ports disabled. I tried using a USB to PS/2 adapter but that didn't work. CapsLock light wasn't even lighting up, so there must not be enough power in the PS/2 port to get the keyboard to work. Any ideas would be appreciated. Does anyone know of a working solution for this?
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I assume you mean PS/2 adapter, not PS3 as in PlayStation, based on your context. If that's the case, there's tons of cheap adapters out there: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&expIds=17259,23864,26637,27048,27101,27103,27164,27182&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=ps2+usb+adapter&cp=8&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=f&aqi=g5&aql=&oq=ps2+usb+&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=4ba096ba63ca8429
Are you sure the PC has USB ports disabled? Have you tried a non-mac USB keyboard? Have you tried a Ps2 keyboard in there? (make sure the ps2 port is ok!) If they were really disabled, you could try enabling them in the BIOS. Have you tried the MAC USB keyboard in a PC's USB port (where the PC doesn't have USB disabled).
maybe MAC keyboards are different.
I have used a USB keyboards loads of times, with those little adaptors and they work absolutely fine. And regarding power.. PS2 and USB are both 5V.
It's actually Ps2 in a USB port that have an issue! And need a big style adaptor.. But USB in ps2 - never a problem! I've only used PCs though.