PS/2 connected cat
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when i read that the 'Cat was a functional tool for me to use here, i was o'erjoyed! i recalled that my mother had one in the stash of stuph for her computer that she no longer uses. it took a while to find - but i now have it sitting next to the pc ready to hook up. but..
i discovered this morning that it is a PS/2 connector type, not a USB. does anyone else here use one? if so, are there any pitfalls or tips and tricks to offer before i attempt to connect and intall the device?
i am leary of hooking it up as, should i screw up any other functionality on the PC my wife may not be happy! and if she ain't happy...well you know the rest.
thanks in advance for any attention you may have to this topic
So that means you'll have a permanent red glow from the CueCat's mouth. You get used to it after a while. The LED inside doesn't get hot, so you don't have to worry about where you leave it.
Otherwise, it shouldn't cause any other problems with your computer.
Best thing to do is to plug it in and see if you can get output into any software that takes text - Windows notepad is fine.
USB-PS/2 converters DO work... BUT you need to get the right one.
There are two types: the cheap ones which come bundled with PS/2 mice are about 1 inch long, and have a PS/2 port on one side and a USB port on the other. These do NOT work! They're just a method for changing the physical connection. The mouse already supports USB connections, just not the connector.
The type which does work is more expensive (about $20 vs about $2), and is bigger. Mine has a USB port on one side, a couple inches of cable to a little box, then two PS/2 connectors coming out of the little box (one for the keyboard, one for the mouse). It's designed for newer laptops which don't have PS/2 style inputs. This converter actually contains a processor which converts the PS/2 signals into USB & vice versa.
See http://sewelldirect.com/usbtops2.asp for a picture -- plus this one's only $8. (I've never ordered from sewelldirect, so can't say whether they're a good company -- it's just the first hit on Google which had a good picture of the correct procuct!)