Re: PC to 1541 - best available solution?

From: Larry Anderson (
Date: 2003-06-26 05:36:59

Cheapest are the X1541 series cables, you probably can get the parts
locally (serial cable, 25 pin D connector and diodes - get the right
diodes!).  The XE1541 has been very good for me, but I am planning on
doing an XM1541 now as linux and DOS both support it.

If you have PETs with such drives as the 8050/8250 you should consider
the c2n232 makes the Commodore a file server of sorts to a PC via a
serial connection through the datasette port.  Easy startup and
efficient for getting 8050/8250/SFD1001 disks to Images on the PC.

when you get into copy protection you get into tricky areas, some have
non-standard formatting, extended tracks, or simply errors intentionally
created on the disk.  You need one that can produce a digital GCR
representation of the disk, I haven't dealt with that so far.  Can you
provide details on the uniqueness of the floppies???

Larry wrote:
> Hello!
> I have been considering constructing a PC to 1541 cable of some sort, but I would really
>  like to hear from you, folks, which ones do you recommend more, also from the point of
>  view of existing software and supported file formats. I have some rather unique floppies
>  which I would like to preserve for posterity, and they might be copy-proteted (I am not
>  sure about this, not familiar with copy-protection schemes in the Commodore world) so
>  the software that supports the cable should be able to deal with such things.
> So I would like to tap into the power of your collective, extremely valuable practical
>  experience and expert opinions.
> Thanks/kiitos in advance
> mario
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