IS there a necessity for the mouse to know a different protocol or a different pinout to be able to be connected to a PS/2 port ?
Many vendors provide USB - PS/2 adapter, but some don't.
From what I know PS2 and USB interfaces even have a different number of pins. How would such an adapter work ?
Will the device have the same performance as before ?
Is it necessary for the USB device to 'know' it is connected to a PS/2 port ? I suppose it is necessary since USB to PS/2 adapters are just that : adapters. not converters. They do not do anything to the signal so probably the keyboard or mouse should know and adapt their signal accordingly.
And another question: Is there any latency added when connecting a USB keyboard or mouse to a PS/2 port using an adapter ? I suppose the adapter itself does not add latency since it only connects some pins to some others, but inside the mouse or keyboard something has to change. The mouse has to switch to PS/2 data serialization instead of USB. In theory PS/2 should be faster but I am thinking that if that particular device is made to work naitvely on USB it could have sort of internal signal converter which may generate some latency.