The PC64 cable is a semi-parallel cable that connects Commodore machines to the PC parallel port. It's compatible with all PC parallel ports and Commodore 64, 128 and VIC20 machines.
You need the following hardware to make use of this cable:
A PC with a parallel port
A Commodore 64, 128 or VIC20 machine
The cable is supported by the following PC software:
cbmlink (© by Marko Mäkelä, 2001-2003)
Linux Server 64 (© by Roger Lawhorn)
Personal C64 (© by Wolfgang Lorenz, 1994-1997)
prlink (© by Marko Mäkelä and Olaf Seibert, 1994-1996)
SIDPlay for Windows (© by Michael Schwendt, 1994-1998, and Adam Lorentzon, 1997-2000) (local copy of older release from 2000)
... and the following Commodore software:
IDE64 transfer utilities (© Tomas Pribyl, Josef Soucek and Kajtár Zsolt, 1998-2005)
You can find the details on how to build this cable at the construction page.
The assembled cable looks like this: complete cable, parallel plug at PC end, user port plug at Commodore end.
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.
Switch your Commodore machine off. Connect the user port plug onto the user port of your Commodore machine, being very careful not to do it upside down, otherwise you may kill your PC parallel port within a second. Connect the parallel plug into the parallel port of your PC. Switch your Commodore machine back on.
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.
If you want to use the PC64 cable with SIDPlay for Windows then read this page on how to do that.
The PC64 cable is © by Wolfgang Lorenz, 1994-1996.
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