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Can I cut the end of a computer keyboard power cord and connect a USB cord to it?

I just got into electronics and I really like LEDs. I started looking around the house for some, but I might just go buy brand new ones. Well, I still have my old computer and I took apart the keyboard for LEDs. Instead of trying to take the LEDs out of it, I decided to keep everything together. The power cord is connected to the other board thing (a motherboard or baseboard?) It is one of the kind that have the 6 long pieces that makes a circle-like shape. I want to know if I can make that end a USB.

I see that in this image this is something that I want to do. But everything from the keyboard is still connected. I hope I am explaining this clearly enough.

4 Replies

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-11-14

i've tried it before.... it doesn't work, you'll need an adapter with a built in chip

BOOM5601 (author)2009-11-14

You can't because that old round plug (green or purple, can't remember which) isn't different to a usb, however, i have seen adaptors and you may be able to replicate one.

steveastrouk (author)2009-11-14

No, The old PS2 standard is not compatible with USB, but you can easily get dongles that convert it for you.

lemonie (author)2009-11-14

No. Sounds like an old socket, doesn't function like USB.