How to Make a Serial Mouse Into a USB Mouse
By C. Taylor
A serial mouse connects to your computer through a serial port. These types of mice were prevalent many years ago but have since been replaced with PS/2 and USB connectors. Many new computers no longer include serial ports, so if you want to nostalgically use your now-ancient mouse, you'll need to find another way to connect it. One solution is to use your USB port with a serial-to-USB adapter.
Plug your serial mouse's cable into a serial-to-USB adapter.
Turn the thumbscrews clockwise to lock the serial connector to the serial-to-USB adapter. This essentially transforms your serial mouse into a USB mouse.
Plug the USB connector of the serial-to-USB adapter into an available USB port on your computer. Windows 7 automatically recognizes and installs any necessary drivers for your newly transformed USB mouse.
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.