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Occasionally I find the threads pertaining to the PS/2 mouse / keyboard problems in other PC hardware forums. I wonder if the PS/2 mouse / keyboard are still popular in the home PC market (most of the mouse / keyboard are the PS/2 at my workplace, though).

 

Are you still using the PS/2 mouse / keyboard at home?

And why?

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I have always used a PS/2 keyboard. Never had a problem with it. The one I use is 7yrs old and works like day one. Is the usb keyboards any better?

 

p.s. I do use a usb mouse.

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Guest Blooz1

Same deal with me! I use a Keytronics keyboard that's 5-6 years old, and I love the "feel" of it. I use a PS2 mouse most of the time because I use a PS2 KVM switch, but I use a Razer Diamondback USB for gaming.

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The keyboard is PS/2, but the mouse (trackball) is USB. There's no real reason to use USB for these, it doesn't offer any additional functionality (unless you have a Logitech G15 or something). I only use USB on my trackball so I can plug it into the side of my monitor where it's accessible (I use it for my laptop too, when I'm at home).

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Only on installs!

 

Plenty of reasons to use USB mice/kb ...that is what the new stuff is on. I'm a creature of the night so lighted kb. Really, REALLY hate corded mice - viva la laser cordless mice! Go, go Logitech!

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Honestly, I used the PS/2 keyboard & mouse on Mac (Performa ???, I forgot the model number…) .

The main reasons that I switched to the USB keyboard/mouse were that

1) I built my first Win PC:

Windows 95 became dominant around my PC environment – I was a student at that time - at my university’s computer lab, my friends’ places ,..etc., the ‘PC’s were being replaced with the Win95 at rapid speed… So I ‘had to’ move to the Windows environment. However, I think that I purchased my first USB keyboard/mouse when I moved to Win98.

2) The ability to do hot-swap

I recall that this became the trend when "Plug&Play" was getting popular on Windows 98 environment.

 

I still keep my old PS/1 keyboard (not from my old Mac – the one that I bought when I build my first Win PC); the PS/2 keyboard came handy when the USB one didn't work when manipulating the BIOS program in my DFI NF590 SLI M2R/G mainboard. After I switched to my current mainboard, my USB keyboard works in the BIOS program, so I do not have to use the PS/2 keyboard.

 

I use the USB cordless/wireless mouse for years – simply they fit in my PC environment and work pretty well, but I decided not to use the USB cordless/wireless keyboards any more – they were not catch up my typing speed- I tell you, I smashed the wireless keyboard in half when I found a typo in the copy of the document that I submitted on line for my very important business deal.

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I voted yes, but I should have added, the 'both' option first and I would have voted that. I strictly use PS/2 keyboards when overclocking or for initial setup, since some BIOSs have quirks with their USB counterparts. But I also use USB peripheals on my other rigs, that don't need to access the BIOS often.

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Guest Lavell

I use the PS/2 keyboard and USB mouse. I find myself booting to safe mode alot for driver cleaning. When I had a USB keyboard, I had trouble getting to safe mode. Now with a PS/2 keyboard, I don't have that problem.

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Guest erico

I use a USB mouse and PS/2 keyboard. I had a nice usb G15 keyboard but 6 y/o daughter spilled soft drink on it and killed it.

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