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First post, by RobDos

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This far exceeds my knowledge but I'm wondering how difficult would it be to process USB mouse data then output that on a RS232 port using a raspberry PI as a host.

Doing a bit of research seems like someone else already did it, has any one tried this? Obviously it's getting harder and harder to find a RS232 mouse and I got to be honest, there is nothing about me that feels nostalgic for a mouse ball.

https://github.com/mborjesson/USB-Mouse-to-Serial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAz2g2S6Rmw

Figured Id share this here before I give it a try.

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Reply 1 of 3, by jakethompson1

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RobDos wrote on 2021-11-17, 01:59:

This far exceeds my knowledge but I'm wondering how difficult would it be to process USB mouse data then output that on a RS232 port using a raspberry PI as a host.

Doing a bit of research seems like someone else already did it, has any one tried this? Obviously it's getting harder and harder to find a RS232 mouse and I got to be honest, there is nothing about me that feels nostalgic for a mouse ball.

CalamityLime from right here on Vogons has done it: USB to Serial Mouse using the Pi Pico!
If you do PS/2 instead of USB, Rio444 has an ISA card so no power adapters needed: Another PS/2 Mouse ISA (ISA8) card adapter
If more mechanically inclined, there is also a hack to add a PS/2 mouse port to many 386/486 boards if the keyboard controller supports it.

Reply 2 of 3, by RobDos

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Neat, I may look at the ISA card because I just think that's just plain sexyer.

The link I put appears to work with a generic USB RS232 and the PI's built in USB ports, not pretty by any means but I have PI's lying around.

The PiPico looks really cool, thanks for the tips!

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Reply 3 of 3, by matze79

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There are at least 3 USB to Serial Projects using Pico Pi now, but none is yet working fine with my KVM Switch 😒

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