The X1541 cable


The X1541 cable is the original cable that connects Commodore machines or drives to the PC parallel port. It's compatible with SPP and PS/2 parallel ports and with all Commodore machines and drives and clones that have the usual serial bus port.

Hardware requirements

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

Software support

The cable is supported by the following PC software:

Important notes


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


The assembled cable looks like this: complete cable, 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 serial plug into the serial port of your Commodore drive. 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.

If you have problems with your cable then you can test it with XCTest and XCDetect. Also, test the compatibility of your motherboard with X1541Test.

Copyright and license

The X1541 cable is © by Leopoldo Ghielmetti, 1992.

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