Re: Connecting a 1541 to a PC parallel port

From: Nate Lawson <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:14:45 -0700
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> On Mar 24, 2015, at 2:02 PM, Chris Osborn <> wrote:
> On Mar 24, 2015, at 1:18 PM, Spiro Trikaliotis <> wrote:
>> If you do not want to spare so much money, the XU1541 might be something
>> for you instead. Note, however, that it has its limitations, too. For
>> example, it seems to have problems with USB 3.0 ports. Additionally,
>> parallel transfers are not possible, which makes it rather slow.
>> Additionally, you cannot use burst nibbling to preserve your originals.
> Another option is to do the reverse and instead of connecting a 1541 floppy to a PC, you can add a NAS to your C64 by using a Raspberry Pi. Lots more storage available than a single floppy and you don’t have to SneakerNet anything back & forth. :-)

The two parts to modernizing your Commodore setup are:

1. Getting original data off floppy disks
2. Using data on real CPU hardware but without a floppy drive.

(The 3rd combination, using a 1541 drive with VICE or other emulators, is not well-supported and is not recommended.)

ZoomFloppy or Kryoflux are the best options for #1. I don’t know the best options for #2 lately but SD2IEC and the 1541U2 are two common ones.


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