How to attach external keyboard to laptop
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Burrell  Identity Verified
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Oct 3, 2005

I need to attach a different/external keyboard to my laptop as I need Russian letters that I normally do not have on my laptop keyboard (and I do not want to ruin my laptop with unsightly stickers). However the keyboard plug seems to be different from the socket in the laptop. Are there any keyboard plug adapters? There must be some way of connecting them after all.

Cheers,
Burrell


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Adapters readily available Oct 3, 2005

The type of adapter will depend upon the plug/socket configurations. You should be able to buy a PS/2 / USB adapter (2 different kinds, depending upon the plug/socket) or an adapter to accommodate an older (pre-PS/2) type plug to PS/2, if that's the receptacle you have on your laptop (if it's more than a few years old). I don't know where you'd buy them in the UK, but your local computer should should point you in the right direction.

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Zoltán Medgyesi
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You need an external adapter Oct 3, 2005

Maybe you've found the S-video output of your notebook, which is similar to ps/2 connector used by the keyboard and the mouse. (At least, I've hit against that situation with my IBM R51.) You should check the manual of your notebook.

If it lacks a PS/2 connector, you can buy a USB-PS/2 adapter. This has a USB plug and two PS/2 receptacle, one for the keyboard and one for the mice.

Or, you can use a USB keyboard.


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Burrell  Identity Verified
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That's what I needed to know Oct 3, 2005

Thank you very much indeed. I already found and ordered the adapter on Internet.

Cheers,
Burrell


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Do you really need one? Oct 3, 2005

You can set up a Cyrillic keyboard in Windows. If you don't like the standard Russian one, you can download a QWERTY-based one (free) from
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PaulGor/kbd_e.htm with full instructions for installing it. This will give you a keyboard like this:

Keep a copy of this on paper for reference, and after using it for a very short while you will find you don't need it any longer.

(ignore "< !-- BBCode auto-link end -->" at end of address line)

[Edited at 2005-10-03 23:02]


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Myron Netchypor  Identity Verified
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Adapters available Oct 3, 2005

When I bought my laptop I also started to look for PS/2/USB adapter. But strange everywhere there were just the USB/PS/2 adapters in the shops. And finaly, when I found out the price of the PS/2/USB adapters... I decided to buy a new keyboard with USB socket.

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Burrell  Identity Verified
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I have Russian letters Oct 4, 2005

I just cannot see them on the keyboard. That is my problem. I can type slowly as I remember where the letters are, but I really need speed. I buy my keyboards from Latvia where you have black Latin letters on top of the key and red Russian letters on the bottom. I have one for my decktop and a spare one for just in case of for laptop. But I cannot connect it.
I suppose I can try writing with the keyboard layout printed on the peace of payper. Not quite sure about the speed though.
Anyhow, thanks for suggestions.


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