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Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 11:13 am:   

My question is rather simple, but hard to find an answer. What is the proper procedure for swapping out a PS2 mouse with another PS2 mouse. I was told at work that you could not just unplug the mouse when the computer is on because it could fry the motherboard. I have always done this and never had any problems.
thank you,
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 1:47 pm:   

i always turn off the pc when changing hardware unless it's hot swappable (can be done when pc's on).
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 7:08 pm:   

Most PS/2 ports are fused linked and when plugging in a mouse or keyboard when powered up will in some cases blow the fuse (an easy fix). If the fuse doesn't blow with the surge the next component in line is the PS/2 controller (not such an easy fix).
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 7:13 am:   

This is a follow-up on the question that I asked before. Can I safely unplug the mouse if I deactivate it in the hardware manager, or is shutting down the computer the only safe way?
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 9:09 am:   

There is always a risk of damage when plugging or unplugging devices not intended to be hot swappable when the power is on.
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 9:11 am:   

Deactivating in hardware manager does not turn the device off to the system. It does turn it off in Windows.

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