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I am using a microsoft natural multimedia keyboard 1.0a and my computer has no ps/2 port so I got a ps/2 to USB adapter. The keyboard won't type anything however, not even the basics. I think I need a driver for the keyboard. Where can I get one?

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The basic functions should work by default without drivers, but here is the downloads page. If @NicoleHamilton's suggestion doesn't work, it could possibly just be a power issue. One of my friends had to solder in a USB header to one once due to a similar behaving issue. Of course, if you were to do that - be careful of power consumption and limits. – nerdwaller Dec 12 '12 at 4:59
For such an essential device as a keyboard, its driver is built into the kernel by default (for OSes intended for PCs anyway). When someone writes "should work ... without drivers" or "you don't need a driver for it", either they should have written "you don't have to install the driver" or they are not aware that every device in a well-written OS has a driver. – sawdust Dec 12 '12 at 6:56
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You need a better adapter. They aren't all the same. Here's the brand I've been using from the last 5 years or so. I still prefer the old 1980s clicky IBM keyboards (also available from this same company) on all my machines, so I have several of these adapters and they work with every machine I've tried.

PS/2 to USB adapter converter for keyboards PS/2 to USB adapter


The same adapter also appears to be available elsewhere, e.g., USBGear and Amazon.

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That is probably the problem. I got a $1.35 adapter off eBay. – Markasoftware Dec 13 '12 at 1:37

You don't need a driver for it. Not all PS/2 to USB adapters work on all keyboards and mice. The keyboard must be built to support that feature, and they will usually ship with one.

If it doesn't type on your computer, the first thing I would try is another keyboard, or else trying the keyboard on another computer. Does that work? Great, we can move on from there. If it still doesn't work, it's probably time for another keyboard.

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