721 USB Port

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DougE

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I use the search function frequently. Using the remote for input is slow and cumbersome. Has anyone been successful in connecting a keyboard to the USB port to type in the search information?

Doug
 
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gwynnebaer

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I do this all the time. It's a bit flaky (I have to unplug the keyboard every once in a while to reset it), but it works fine.

There's a cross post on dbstalk.com with all the mapped keys and everything.
 
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aperry

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I use a wireless Logitech keyboard that I got for real cheap at Computer Surplus Outlet. Works great!

BTW, if you want keyboard mapping info, there is a thread here as well (that I posted).

Click Here
 
Pepper

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The correct link is:

http://www.satelliteguys.us/showthread.php?t=565

I'm using an el-cheapo Micro Innovations wireless keyboard & mouse connected to an equally cheap Micro Innovations USB-to-PS2 adapter. I have noticed occasionally I have to re-establish the connection; also the unit gets real sluggish sometimes and occasionally will reboot on its own.
 
AppliedAggression

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Yeah, I've plugged up a wireless mouse and it works great. The games react soo much better.
 
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aperry

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Pepper, I updated my link to correct it... Oops!
 
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DougE

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Is there any difference between the USB port in the back from the front one? What I am asking is does either port function differently from the other, or are placed front and back for convenience?
 
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aperry

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As far as I can tell, they are there for convenience... I have not noticed any differences between the two.

I use the back one FWIW.
 
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DougE

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Thanks for the reply. The front port is the one I will try then, the back one is too difficult to reach. I don't have a wireless keyboard, but I have a serial one that I will have to interface with a USB connector. Hope it works. Thanks everyone
 
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aperry

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Should work, but let us know if you had success... You can get serial keyboards really cheap, and if all it takes is the converter to USB, I've got about 3-4 of those laying around. Would be a viable option should my (free) wireless keyboard ever croak.
 
GaryPen

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DougE said:
Thanks for the reply. The front port is the one I will try then, the back one is too difficult to reach. I don't have a wireless keyboard, but I have a serial one that I will have to interface with a USB connector. Hope it works. Thanks everyone
Do you really mean Serial, or PS2? I tried a PS2 keyboard with a USB adapter, and it didn't work with my 721. However, a standard USB keyboard does work.
 
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DougE

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GaryPen said:
Do you really mean Serial, or PS2? I tried a PS2 keyboard with a USB adapter, and it didn't work with my 721. However, a standard USB keyboard does work.

Ooops. Yes GaryPen, I did mean PS2. There goes my plan to use my old PS2 with the USB converter. Anyone know where I can buy a CHEAP USB keyboard?
 

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