Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

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Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

Post by walter » 21 Oct 2018, 18:30

Hi,

The PS/2 adapter has past the prototyping phase and is ready for sale!

As seen on https://gigatron.io/?page_id=86:

Upgrading

Our early adopters can get the “Plug McPlugface” PS/2 keyboard adapter mini-kit for €10,00 including shipment. We’ll throw in an EPROM loaded with ROM v3 as well. This version brings Tetronis, Bricks, Tic Tac Toe, Tiny BASIC v2 and WozMon.


Keep an eye on the 8-bit guy's YouTube channel ;-)

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Post by kerouanton » 25 Oct 2018, 12:23

Thanks for the keyboard adapter kit. It's simple but very well designed and finished, with quality components!

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Post by Ammer66 » 26 Oct 2018, 16:29

Oh Wow! That's great! :P I'll order one when i am back from hospital...(2 to 3 weeks) :|

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Re: Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

Post by kerouanton » 28 Oct 2018, 07:56

I just wanted to make sure, as I can't find my old ps/2 keyboards.

Has anyone tried to plug an USB keyboard to the adapter, using this kind of converter?

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Re: Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

Post by marcelk » 28 Oct 2018, 22:56

kerouanton wrote:
28 Oct 2018, 07:56
Has anyone tried to plug an USB keyboard to the adapter, using this kind of converter?
I see no a priori reason why it wouldn't work, even though I haven't tested such devices yet. There must be a microcontroller in that plug as well because USB and PS/2 are completely unrelated protocols. But from Pluggy's point of view that's not different from talking to the microcontroller that's inside every genuine PS/2 keyboard.

The firmware in genuine PS/2 keyboards is probably very standardised, as it is typically frozen in a mask rom. The firmware in that converter is probably stored in some embedded flash. It will be a lot more complex because it must also handle the USB side, and for that reason there might be subtle differences in observable behaviour. But if that's the case, and if that even causes any issue, I would rather see if we can solve/workaround it in the ATtiny85...

Interestingly, with such a converter there will be THREE microcontrollers, working in "bucket brigade style" to inform the Gigatron of the good news of each key being hit: one in the keyboard, and one in each adapter. As long as they're all hidden from sight I suppose that's perfectly acceptable :-).

In short: if the whole chain doesn't draw too much current, I expect it to work.

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Post by monsonite » 29 Oct 2018, 08:12

I believe that those USB to PS/2 adaptors are entirely passive - and work with keyboards that were designed generate both USB and PS/2 communications protocols. The keyboard must sense if it has been plugged into USB or PS/2 and behave accordingly - and the adapter just makes sure the signal and power wires go to the correct pins.

There are also active converters - that presumably contain a microcontroller

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Active-USB-to- ... B008J56RVY

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Re: Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

Post by marcelk » 30 Oct 2018, 17:10

walter wrote:
21 Oct 2018, 18:30
Keep an eye on the 8-bit guy's YouTube channel ;-)
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uidtGvsk21M

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Post by kerouanton » 30 Oct 2018, 21:07

By luck I just found a nice slim PS/2 keyboard in a second-hand shop today. Works great with the Pluggy adapter ;-)

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Post by bob.stone » 19 Nov 2018, 00:15

kerouanton wrote:
28 Oct 2018, 07:56
I just wanted to make sure, as I can't find my old ps/2 keyboards.

Has anyone tried to plug an USB keyboard to the adapter, using this kind of converter?
Late to respond and I even see that circumstances overtook this request, but for anyone else with the same question, yes, this sort of adapter worked just fine for me.

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Re: Pluggy McPlugface PS/2 adapter is available

Post by jbailey » 26 Nov 2018, 06:39

marcelk wrote:
28 Oct 2018, 22:56
kerouanton wrote:
28 Oct 2018, 07:56
Has anyone tried to plug an USB keyboard to the adapter, using this kind of converter?
I see no a priori reason why it wouldn't work, even though I haven't tested such devices yet. There must be a microcontroller in that plug as well because USB and PS/2 are completely unrelated protocols. But from Pluggy's point of view that's not different from talking to the microcontroller that's inside every genuine PS/2 keyboard.

The firmware in genuine PS/2 keyboards is probably very standardised, as it is typically frozen in a mask rom. The firmware in that converter is probably stored in some embedded flash. It will be a lot more complex because it must also handle the USB side, and for that reason there might be subtle differences in observable behaviour. But if that's the case, and if that even causes any issue, I would rather see if we can solve/workaround it in the ATtiny85...

Interestingly, with such a converter there will be THREE microcontrollers, working in "bucket brigade style" to inform the Gigatron of the good news of each key being hit: one in the keyboard, and one in each adapter. As long as they're all hidden from sight I suppose that's perfectly acceptable :-).

In short: if the whole chain doesn't draw too much current, I expect it to work.
In many cases these adapters are completely passive. However a lot (but not all) USB keyboards have the electronics and programming to support BOTH the USB and PS/2 protocols even thought they typically don't list it.

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