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HurricaneJames
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WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby HurricaneJames » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:51 pm

My wife tossed out a box that she thought was full of old packing materials. Sadly, it had my SGI PS/2 keyboard and mouse buried in the bottom. Does anybody in the SF bay area have a set they want to part with on the cheap?

I plan to make a trip to Weirdstuff this weekend. I doubt they will have SGI keyboards/mice, but they probably have some generic PS/2 stuff. Octane hardware aggregator seems to imply generic PS/2 keyboard mouse might work. Is IRIX, and the EEPROM, fairly forgiving of generics, or is it pretty demanding of OEM gear?

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Re: WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby robespierre » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:36 pm

SGI MIPS computers requires keyboards that fully implement the PS/2 keyboard specification. Most keyboards do not.
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Re: WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby Y888099 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:52 am

HurricaneJames wrote:SGI PS/2 keyboard and mouse


I have an original SGI graphite set, kb & mouse, typically used with Indigo2 and Indy.
Mint condition, cleaned from dust etc. 50 euro + shipping.

Send me a PM.

p.s.
it's the last set I have, if you need pictures, whatever, I will try to upload something.
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Re: WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby miod » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:30 pm

robespierre wrote:SGI MIPS computers requires keyboards that fully implement the PS/2 keyboard specification. Most keyboards do not.

To be more precise, IRIX runs PS/2 keyboard in scancode set #3, which nothing but IBM PS/2 computers BIOSes really care about.
PS/2 keyboards from the first half of the '90s will usually work nicely because they had to work with true PS/2 computers.. Modern PS/2 keyboards, or USB keyboards behind adaptors, are likely to support only #1 and #2 scancode sets, and may (will) fail spectacularly under IRIX.
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Re: WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby HurricaneJames » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:08 pm

Y888099 wrote:I have an original SGI graphite set, kb & mouse, typically used with Indigo2 and Indy.
Mint condition, cleaned from dust etc. 50 euro + shipping.


Thanks, but I'm trying to avoid shipping from the EU.

miod wrote:PS/2 keyboards from the first half of the '90s will usually work nicely


Great, I'm willing to bet Weirdstuff has at least a few early 90s keyboards lying around.
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Re: WTB PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

Unread postby Y888099 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:39 am

HurricaneJames wrote:Thanks, but I'm trying to avoid shipping from the EU.


Yup. Last week I sold a set of keyboard and mouse to a dude who lives in Berlin.
Thanks god I used UPS rather than ... cheap-services like Ecoparcel.

My customer was not available when UPS attempted delivery. They tried again and again, without success.
They informed me and I allowed them to deliver to a nearby UPS Access Point™ for customer pick up.

The package remained at the UPS Access Point location and was reaching the maximum days allowed to be held.
I asked for more time, and they allowed two weeks (very kind people there. They are gentile on the phone).

Thus, I tried to phone him to inform about the pickup (thought that probably he doesn't read emails), and I got success on 02 PM, after three days of attempts. Mission completed, at the end, parcel delivered :D

Oh, but what is the point? SDA and similar shippers usually don't allow to have such courtesy services. UPS does it, but it has a cost: 25 euro to ship 3Kg of material in a 30x40x20cm box.

The postage to USA for the same parcel (just check) is something like 35 euro. You are absolutely right.
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