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  1. Funkyecat

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    I have begun working on an old HP computer that I was setting up for a charity. It was sitting for w while and when I started working on it again the old read round connectors will not work. If I plug in a mouse and keyboard in the current USB connector it will work fine. The old rear connectors use to work fine. Wha happened?
     
  2. Simba7

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    Those "round" connectors would be PS/2 ports.

    Could be a few things. They could've blown, wore out due to old age, etc. You're really not suppose to plug PS/2 ports in while it's powered on, but people do it anyway. If a good ESD hits it, it could fry it.
     
  3. Funkyecat

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    Suprising, since all I di was plug it in as I always have.

    Will have to tell the charity, to hold it for spare parts.
     
  4. Simba7

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    Just let them know.

    Most (if not all) devices lately are USB.. and a USB Keyboard/Mouse would work fine with it.
     
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    Yes, I know, but there are only 2 USB ports up front and they are old Pentium computers that are not worth investing in.
     
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    No Usb ports on the back ?
     
  7. Funkyecat

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    I told you this one an old unit. Single HD... They needed room for the crank!
     
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    :) I hear you ! You could fit a cheap Usb hub or maybe an internal Usb card if there's room. There might even be a Usb header on the mobo. That's assuming you can get the steam engine out to have a look. :D
     
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    Heh..

    I'm running Gentoo Linux on an old HP Vectra VL (P166, 384MB of RAM, 8GB HDD). It gets a little slow at times, but other than that.. it runs decent for what it is.
     
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