Old PS2 keyboard with a laptop?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Same Lazy Element, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. Since I am working from home, I bought myself a sweet MSI gaming laptop (64GB RAM and 9 cores). However, it does not seem to recognize my old Bloomberg keyboard (I love that keyboard) via a PS2 to USD dongle. A regular USB keyboard works ok. Has anyone successfully resolved such a problem before?

    PS. I have tried hacking the registry to force auto-recognition and it did not help.
  2. It's your operating system. You said it was an old keyboard, the old keyboard wasn't programmed to work with newer versions of windows or linux. You can either try to find new drivers for the keyboard, or get an old operating system that your keyboard can recognize.
  3. Turveyd


    USB Dongles are very hit and miss I find, bought loads to RS232 serial and they just don't work at all :(
  4. These are the only converters that I've come across that work. I've done exactly what you're proposing (old BBG kbd to modern laptop).

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  5. Sekiyo


    Which one ?

    1983: The Chiclet

    The original keyboard was hand-assembled. During the pre-Internet era, each keyboard required a special cable that ran from the user’s desks to an equipment room that contained the Bloomberg Controller and dedicated telephone lines connecting to a local network hub.

    1986: The Grid

    This is what a groundbreaking invention looks like. The Grid allowed users to access Bloomberg when traveling, at home, on the weekends or on vacation – an ingenious idea at the time. Connected via modem over a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) line, connection speeds were 1200 bits/second (bps), 2400 bps, 4800 bps, or if you were really special, you had “hot-rod” access of 9600 bps by strapping a custom modem card to the bottom using Velcro.

    1990: Trackball

    The first redesign of the original keyboard, the Trackball allowed for easy and quick Terminal functionality.

    1992: Trackball with Speaker

    This enhancement was released a short two years after the Trackball’s debut – signaling Bloomberg’s early desire to support multimedia through an integrated speaker and dedicated Telco jacks, headphone and microphone ports.

    1994: PC-style keyboard

    The demand for this model grew from internal requests from our engineers, and it coincided with the development of the early versions of “Open Bloomberg” which was the first iteration of the Bloomberg Terminal running on a customer-provided PC.

    1995: Infra-red keyboard

    Mike Bloomberg was our earliest and most loyal adopter of this keyboard, our first wireless model that used infra-red which was connected to the PC.

    1996: Classic

    This keyboard is part of the Smithsonian’s collection.

    1996: Tradebook

    This keyboard supported 23 languages and added support for Bloomberg Tradebook with keys specific to traders’ needs.

    2004: Centerboard

    This redesign provided enhanced capability, including squawk boxes, biometric authentication, and enhanced multimedia and communication functionality. Due to its extra length, the keyboard resembled a Centerboard on a sailboat, a moveable keel that can be adjusted on smaller sailboats in shallow water, hence the name.

    2008: Freeboard

    The original design intent for this model was to be wireless and have a smaller footprint, hence the “Free” part of its name. A simple tweak to relocate the biometric sensor solved the smaller size challenge.

    Present: Starboard

    Today’s current model reflects a more standard key mechanism and typist-feel to address evolving customer preferences who are accustomed to their home PCs and laptops.
  6. kmiklas


    I have this version, with a couple mods after getting whipsawed last month.

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  7. Sekiyo


    Nice upgrade.

  8. easymon1