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 Post subject: Question concerning PS/2 ports
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:45 pm 
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Scott, is it safe to plug a mouse into a PS/2 port while Windows is running?


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 Post subject: Re: Question concerning PS/2 ports
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:21 pm 
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No, but this is not a Windows issue, it is a hardware one. Because of the design, it is generally not safe to "hot plug" PS/2 keyboards or mice at all. Hot plugging means plugging them in while the system is powered on. Most motherboards have auto-resetting "polyfuses" that protect the motherboard based PS/2 ports, but this is not a given and damage can still occur even with the fuses. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Question concerning PS/2 ports
 Post Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:28 pm 
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A short time ago, I plugged a PS/2 mouse into my usual desktop PC while said PC was in Hibernate (S4) mode. Unfortunately, the PC in question, which has a Windows 7 Professional installation, didn't detect the PS/2 mouse until after I rebooted the system. Scott, is it likely that I damaged something? Keep in mind that the PC in question detects the PS/2 mouse now.


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 Post subject: Re: Question concerning PS/2 ports
 Post Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:54 pm 
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It's possible, but apparently it works so you got lucky. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Question concerning PS/2 ports
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Scott wrote:
It's possible, but apparently it works so you got lucky. Scott.


Scott, is there a good way to determine if I've damaged something even though the PS/2 mouse works now?


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 Post Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:43 pm 
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If it works then there is no determinable damage. Scott.


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