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PS/2 vs USB Setup


     It is extremely important to use your keyboard in conjunction with a PS/2 port. Using said port allows your key-presses to be faster, crisper, and full functionality of N Key Rollover.

     How is this possible? this dedicated keyboard port uses what is called a hardware interrupt or cpu interrupt. What this means is as soon as the key is pressed it goes directly to the cpu for processing. 

     USB on the other hand uses a method called, polling. By default on windows a usb based keyboard will run at a frequency of 125hz and some keyboards can come with 1000hz and you can manually change the default value if you wanted to. What polling does is scan a certain number of times per second waiting for a key-press. This can lead to missed key presses as well as no support for N Key Rollover. Some manufacturers claim to sell USB keyboards that fix this problem, but most fail and the rest aren't mechanical keyboards.
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