The X1531 cable connects Commodore 1531 datasettes, those of Commodore 16 and Plus 4 machines, to the PC parallel port. It's compatible with all kinds of parallel ports and with Commodore 1531 datasettes and compatible clones.
You need the following hardware to make use of this cable:
A PC with a parallel port
A Commodore 1531 datasette or clone
The cable is supported by the following PC software:
This cable needs 5 V power for operation. For a power supply, the PC game port was chosen. You should not use the keyboard port or a USB port as these ports are not designed to provide enough power for the motor of the datasette: the datasette may or may not work but, in the worst case, you may even kill the port or the motherboard.
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, game port plug at PC end, mini-DIN 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.
Connect the mini-DIN plug into your Commodore datasette. Connect the game port plug into the game port of your PC. Connect the parallel plug into the parallel port of your PC.
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.
The X1531 cable is © by Markus Brenner, 2001.
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