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ADB-USB Wombat Firmware Update


Version 0.3.1 firmware for the ADB-USB Wombat is now available. The Wombat is a bidirectional ADB-to-USB and USB-to-ADB converter for keyboards and mice. It enables the use of modern USB peripherals on vintage ADB-based Apple or NeXT computers, or ADB peripherals on modern machines equipped with USB. The Wombat is great for breathing new life into your vintage hardware collection.

Firmware 0.3.1 fixes a small but important bug that affected a small number of USB-equipped Macs that were built between 1998-2003, including some G3/G4 models of iMac, iBook, Powerbook, and Power Macintosh. ADB-to-USB conversion worked normally on these computers when running OS X, but they were unable to detect the keyboard when running MacOS 9. The reverse USB-to-ADB keyboard conversion worked normally under both MacOS 9 and OS X. If you weren’t affected by this bug, there’s no need to update your Wombat and you can safely stay with firmware version 0.3.0.

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  1. Ruben - December 22nd, 2018 3:39 am

    Is there a way to use Apple’s current magic keyboard ? I am using current apple keyboard as a usb keyboard in devices like the Pi or Android phones but I can’t use it without wombat. Older model (with integrated hub) works without a problem though …

  2. Steve - December 22nd, 2018 8:25 am

    Bluetooth keyboards and mice generally will not work, unless the adapter just uses Bluetooth as the wireless mechanism but still presents itself as a USB HID device (not common).

  3. Ruben - December 22nd, 2018 10:19 am

    The current Apple Magic Keyboard presents itself as a USB HID device. I am using as such, as a USB device with the Pi, Pixel C android tablet and Windows computers for example. Nothing to do with Bluetooth. Still it must do something different that Wombat doesn’t catch it.

  4. Mietek - March 14th, 2019 10:17 am

    Is the firmware for the ADB-USB Wombat open source?

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