The Commodore serial cable


The Commodore serial cable connects Commodore drives to Commodore machines. It's compatible with all Commodore machines and all Commodore drives and clones that have the usual serial bus port.

Hardware requirements

You need the following hardware to make use of this cable:


You can find the details on how to build this cable at the construction page.

If you need the "twisted" version of this cable – for converting an XEP1541 adaptor into an XMP1541 adaptor –, you can find the details on how to build it at the construction page.


The assembled cable looks like this: complete cable, DIN plug at both ends.

These pictures should give you an overall idea on how the cable looks like and how it should be properly assembled. However, when building a cable yourself, you should not rely on the pictures only; see the construction guide instead.


Connect the two serial plugs into the serial ports on your Commodore drive and your Commodore machine.

Important! Do not plug or unplug cables while your equipment is switched on. Make sure that all components of your equipment are connected to the same, properly grounded power outlet. Put your equipment far away from monitors, TV sets and other devices with strong emission, otherwise cables may pick up interference and you may experience data loss or corruption.

Copyright and license

The Commodore serial cable is © by Commodore Business Machines, 1979.

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