Just wanted to let you know why I still hang on to my PS/2 mice and keyboards (especially the keyboard).
Many of my clients upgrade their PS/2 mouse and keyboard. They either want to go with a USB mouse and keyboard setup or with the even more popular wireless mouse and keyboard setup. Now I’m all for an upgrade, but as a computer tech I’ve made the following observation.
Some BIOS will only work with a PS/2 keyboard. Many times USB and wireless keyboards are not compatible with certain motherboards during the “pre windows” booting phase. The USB or wirelass keyboard will start to function only when Windows is fully loaded.
At times you can make a change in the BIOS by going into your BIOS peripherals menu and turning on the USB keyboard/mouse feature, but not always. Sometimes plugging your USB keyboard into the first (or another) USB port will do the trick. But often you will just have to keep plugging that old PS/2 keyboard into the PS/2 port in order access your BIOS settings, Safe Mode, Login Screen, etc.
Professor Randy says: Don’t throw out those “old” PS/2 mice and keyboards! Sooner or later they will come in handy with certain types of motherboard BIOS. You’ll be glad that you still have them!