I personally still just use the old school mouse and kb.
Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:10am

They're still cheap enough to find (if you don't go IBM Model M for the keyboard) and work well enough. I actually have a PS/2 to AT keyboard converter like Puck was talking about. Works really nicely. Unfortunately my nice PS/2 keyboard with switches has some dead keys on it so it's not being used at the moment.

The only thing I swapped out on mine was I moved the hard drive on my 486 and IBM XT to compact flash cards. With the 486, you can just get a CF card slot that goes in the expansion bay and plugs right into the IDE controller. Super simple. For the XT, I built an IBM XT-IDE card that goes into the ISA slot. Definitely way more reliable than old spinning magnetic media and also easier to swap files in a pinch to newer computers.

Here's a link to the XT-IDE build:

    • 386 - Joe, Fri Jan 07 2022 11:27pm
      Wondering if there is a way to retro fit my old 386 to a new monitor, newer keyboards, usb mouse etc. My old guy still took the serial mouse, larger keyboard (before PS/2) and I never had the guts to install USB even when I had Win95 on it.
      • I personally still just use the old school mouse and kb.- Erik_, Sun Jan 09 2022 12:10am
      • Do you have one with a PCI slot? - Puckdropper, Sat Jan 08 2022 7:46am
        Iirc, they started appearing on 486's. You'd need an ISA USB card otherwise. Funny, though, I've got tons of PS/2 keyboards and only a few USB keyboards. Most computer manufacturers included PS/2 keyboards in the box for a long time after USB became standard. You can get adapters, though. You w... more
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