Batteries Included BusCard II

From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 1999-01-27 16:33:34

Maybe I should tell Bill to subscribe to this list.  Can anyone help him
with the printer adapter?

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Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 23:16:36 -0500 (EST)
From: William Levak <>
To: Marko Mäkelä <>
Subject: Re: SuperPET to PC

I have succeeded in connecting the SuperPET to my PC.  With this local
connection, I have been able to do a lot of testing on the terminal
program.  It is definitely TTY only, half-duplex, and requires carriage
return and line feed as the line terminator.  The manual says that it can
do file transfer if the host is running a program called "HOSTCM".
I tried all the protocols in my PC terminal package and none worked.
Kermit got a few garbled characters through while trying to initialize the
connection.  All the others timed out.  Any ideas?

I have acquired a "Batteries Included BusCard II" for the C64.  It has an
IEEE-488 port and a parallel port.  The IEEE port was easy to configure
and I can run IEEE and serial drives at the same time.  The parallel port
connector has 22 lines.  Half of them are grounds.  The strobe and data
lines are obvious. That leaves two lines for control.  I connected them to
ACK and Busy as they are the next two lines on a standard connector.  The
printer would only print a few characters and then hang up.  I have no

The ROM  on the card appears to have BASIC 4 extensions and a machine
language monitor.  I cannot figure out how to activate them.  The ROM
appears to be addressed at the same location as the kernal ROM, and is
switched in and out as needed.

Know anyplace I can find information on this adapter?


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