I want to use my old PS/2 mouse & keyboard with my Dell Latitude, which has no PS/2 ports.
I am fully aware that the easiest way to do this would to use an active PS/2 to USB converter, like this nice one from Amazon, learning this from reading it here on Tom's hardware forums, here on the Lenovo forums, here on alt windows 10 forums, and even here on Wikipedia.
However, a salesman at an anonymous-remaining electronics company sold me a pair of passive PS/2 to USB adapters, like this not-so nice one from Amazon, which simply changes the pin positions from PS/2 to to USB, but not the data or protocol – which windows 10 doesn't know natively how to make sense of. Sidenote: I don't actually know if that amazon one is a converter or adapter, but it looks similar to what I got.
Through both stubbornness not to spend any money, and the fact that it will be a cool project and way to learn how this stuff works, I want to find a way, using software, to interface my laptop and the PS/2 keyboard/mouse using the adapters I bought
Is there a existing way to help Windows interpret the signals the adapted keyboard/ mouse are sending it?
if not, which skills do I need to find a solution, and what is the quickest & easiest way to learn them?
I have a reasonable understanding of Windows, computers, and basic hardware, however my knowledge of drivers, firmware, and what makes Windows work is limited.