reply to post by autowrench
I have done it with dell optiplex, HP, gatway, and IBM.
On all the newer computers, even the ones that still have PS2 connections, I have had no problem with using USB mouse/keyboard. Some had the setting
that you had to set in BIOS to allow PS2/USB compatibility. Some just had the compatibility by default where you couldn’t shut it off.
In regard to wired USB mice/keyboards. If you are on a newer computer without PS2 ports, and you boot to anything besides windows XP, vista, or win 7
(dos, win95, win3.11, linux), and you don’t have a mouse, or keyboard, then you have the bios settings screwed up……
The thing that can cause a problem is wireless keyboards and mice. Some of them install as a higher level device, and don’t have any basic device
compatibility that the BIOS can work with.
So, basically, if you can get into bios with your wireless USB keyboard, and change settings in bios with it, then you should be able to use the
wireless USB keyboard with any older (PS2 interface) program without a glitch.
And all newer computers that have SATA interfaces should also have a compatibility setting that makes the SATA interface mimic a PATA interface for
Some time ago, I played around with a newer dell optiplex. It was a dual core 3ghz. It, by coincidence, had PS2 keyboard and mouse and SATA hard
drive. I decided to see what types of older programs I could install on it. I installed………
Dos 4, dos 5, dos 6.11, win3.11, win95, win 98, win ME, win 2000, win XP pro, and all of them installed and worked just fine.
edit on 8-3-2011
by Mr Tranny because: (no reason given)