Quick ADB pinout question...

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31 Jul 2017, 05:46

Very quick question - if I just want to test if an ADB keyboard works, and I have the keyboard and a Griffin iMate, but no ADB cable, can I just use 4 thin wires to connect the two ADB ports? Is it correct to connect 1 to 1, 2 to 2, etc between the female sockets on keyboard and adapter? That would make sense but I just want to make sure :)


31 Jul 2017, 08:16

I've seen people report success with S-Video cables.


31 Jul 2017, 08:19

ADB cables and S-Video cables are interchangeable.


31 Jul 2017, 08:34

Yes it will work. I can confirm an svideo cable works as well.

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31 Jul 2017, 15:17

Thanks. I don't have an s video cable handy either but good to know. Basically I wanted to be able to just test if the keyboard is DOA before ordering a cable for it.

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31 Jul 2017, 23:30

No idea about the pin-outs, but you could get an S-Video cable for a couple of bucks, so I'd say just pull the trigger. If it turns out to work, you'll need it. If not, it's only a couple of bucks.

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05 Aug 2017, 05:57

Quick followup to say thanks, it's working great with 4 wires stuck between the keyboard and iMate. Actual ADB cable in on its way from eBay...

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