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Keyboard to Laptop connectors

I have a Gateway Keyboard which I would like to connect to a Gateway Labtop. Is there an adapter available which would make this possible (6 pin to USB)? Where would I purchase one if there is one on the market?

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Re: Keyboard to Laptop connectors

Go to, and look up ps/2 (which is the official name for the connector type normal keyboards have) to usb adapter, and you should find a little green thing that adapts your keyboard to usb. Make sure that the usb is a male end, and the ps/2 is a female end, or you've got the wrong one.
However, before you do that, I want to let you know that I just did the same thing, and I cannot get my Gateway keyboard to work on my HP laptop through usb. I have no idea why, and I am currently trying to find a solution. So I wouldn't suggest buying it until you know how to fix it. If you figure it out let me know.

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