Vintage IBM keyboard (Personal Computer 5150) sends computer to a halt
December 16, 2013 9:01 AM Subscribe
I have recently acquired the keyboard for the IBM 5150 Personal Computer. It also came with a DIN-5 to PS/2 adapter, so I plugged into my desktop, and everything screeched to a halt -- typing occurred very delayed from the key presses, mouse became inoperable. Is this the keyboard, the adapter, some software incompatibility, or something else completely?
posted by subversiveasset to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
My desktop runs Windows 7, in case it's an OS thing. Weirdly enough, pressing ctrl+alt+del to choose the task manager would instead go to the lock screen/switch user/log off/change password/task manager screen, and then automatically go back to the desktop, then go back to the lock screen/switch user/etc., screen, then go back to the desktop. Even after I unplugged the keyboard and put in my old keyboard, the machine kept cycling through that process.
(It is possible that the keyboard or adapter may be malfunctional, as my boyfriend got it for me off the internet. I can probably ask for more info about how much he paid, what the seller described the quality as, etc., Would there be a way for me to know whether the problem is software, hardware, etc.,? The keyboard shows the same problems on my boyfriend's Windows 7 desktop, but that doesn't seem to rule out any of the possibilities.)