The XEP1541 cable combo is a Y-shaped cable that is, actually, a pair of an XE1541 extended cable and an XP1541 or XP1571 parallel cable. It's compatible with PS/2, EPP and ECP parallel ports and with Commodore 1541, 1570 and 1571 drives.
You need the following hardware to make use of this cable:
A Commodore 1541, 1570 or 1571 drive or compatible clone; for a serial connection only, any Commodore drive or clone, that has the usual serial bus port, will do
The cable is fully supported by the following PC software:
nibtools (© by Markus Brenner, 2000-2004, and Peter Rittwage & the C64 Preservation Project team, 2004-2013) (local copy for DOS and local copy for Windows)
The Star Commander (© by Joe Forster/STA, 1994-2005)
For the list of software partially supporting this cable, see the page of the XE1541 extended cable and the XP1541 and XP1571 parallel cables.
Don't let the name "XEP1541" fool you. The serial half of this cable works with all kinds of Commodore drives that have the usual serial bus port, not only Commodore 1541 drives. And the parallel half of the cable works with Commodore 1570 and 1571 drives, as well.
If you already have a Commodore parallel cable then you might want to build the XEP1541 adaptor instead.
There's a variant, called XMP1541 cable combo, of this cable which works natively under GNU/Linux and Windows, as well.
We have found this cable to fail to work with certain motherboards, including ones with the ALI 5 chipset and some laptops. Check your motherboard's manual or visit the manufacturer's homepage before trying this cable. If your PC proves to be incompatible with this cable then use the XAP1541 cable combo instead.
You can find the details on how to build this cable at the construction page.
If you already have an XE1541 extended cable then you can find the details on how to transform it at the construction page.
Connect the serial plug into the serial port on your Commodore drive. Connect the parallel plug into the parallel port on your Commodore drive. Connect the PC 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. Never leave the parallel half of the cable connected alone, only if the serial half is also connected, otherwise the lack of GND connection may severely damage your equipment.
If you have problems with your cable then you can test it with XCTest and XCDetect.
The XE1541 extended cable is © by Nicolas Welte and Wolfgang Moser, 1997. The XP1541 and XP1571 parallel cables are © by Joe Forster/STA, 1997. If you produce and sell cables or adaptors that are compatible with this cable or the cables it implements then you must give credits to the respective copyright owners. If your adaptors are built onto printed circuit boards then you must also make the complete layout available in a format and resolution that is suitable for high quality reproduction.
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