Friday, August 17, 2007

PS/2 Keyboard startup

I've been adding a ps2 keyboard to one of my projects and found firmware based on Atmel's AVR313 application note didn't work. After a bit of hunting around on the net and some careful watching on the logic analyser I found out why.

When the AT keyboard is first reset it's supposed to send an AA if its self-test passed or FD or FC if it failed. But before it does this, it sends a continual stream of AAs with the parity incorrect. Once the computer sends an FE to indicate that there is a parity error, the keyboard stops sending bad AAs and sends a correct AA or an FD or FC. This sounds like someone made a quick fix in the keyboard firmware for mis-matched reset timing (the keyboard always finishes resetting before the computer so the computer could miss the AA/FD/FC).

This was found at


At 5:27 pm, Blogger Nick said...

Procrastination at its best. Just took me 615 days or 1 year, 8 months, 6 days to implement a fix for this.

Some soldering, Some coding, mostly other things :)


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