How can I fix the broken wires of my keyboard?

PTKUBUNTU September 15, 2011

I have an i-ball multimedia keyboard and all its wires are broken.

I am trying to determine which wires belong to which solder joint, but haven’t been very successful. The keyboard circuit has 4 pin-outs: Ground, Data, Clock, CC. Also,the PS/2 connector has different color wires! They are red, yellow, brown and white.

Can you tell me which wires should I solder on which pin-out, o that my keyboard can work again?

  1. Tina
    September 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    were you able to fix your keyboard?

  2. Susendeep Dutta
    September 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Mine i-ball laser mouse' wire had also been cut down by some bad animal.I don't know how to get it fixed.Currently using a i-ball laser mouse but sometimes doesn't works.

  3. Mike
    September 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Unfortunately there has never been a standardized color code for PS/2 devices. Basically they could use a different color setup within every production cycle of the keyboard. 

    Unless you can open the PS/2 connector and see which wire goes to which pin there is nothing you can do about it. 
    Personally I suggest to look for another damaged keyboard within your family, friend circle, neighbors or maybe the next computer store (maybe they have some damaged one lying around) - open it up, note down which wire goes to which pin-out and then use this PS/2 cable on your keyboard. 

    For what it's worth you can find the pin description and common color codes on Wiki 

    I agree that fixing the keyboard would be cool & less expensive than buying a new one but let me give you a fair warning: PS/2 is a very delicate port. A not properly connected device - let a lone wrong wiring - can not only fry your PS/2 port but there is a chance of damaging the mainboard itself.

  4. Mulder
    September 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Wouldn't it be easier and faster to just buy a new keyboard, and recycle the old one?

    • Tina
      September 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      To re-use is better than to recycle. And if it can be fixed, why waste it? It might be perfectly alright, except for a ripped cable, which can be fixed easily if you know how. Hence the question...

      I actually think it's very cool that someone wants to take the time to repair something rather than to trash it and buy something new!

      • Mulder
        September 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        If it can be easily repaired, for less than the cost of replacing it, that would be preferable. Unfortunately, the cost of repairing electronics often exceeds the cost of getting a new one; thus the suggestion recycle it, not trash it.

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