The XXP1541 cable combo is a Y-shaped cable that is, actually, a pair of an X1541 cable and an XP1541 or XP1571 parallel cable. It's compatible with PS/2 parallel ports and with Commodore 1541, 1570 and 1571 drives.
You need the following hardware to make use of this cable:
A PC with a PS/2 parallel port
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:
The Star Commander (© by Joe Forster/STA, 1994-2005)
For the list of software partially supporting this cable, see the page of the X1541 cable and the XP1541 and XP1571 parallel cables.
Don't let the name "XXP1541" 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.
This cable definitely needs an SPP port. You can check the compatibility between your parallel port and the X1541 cable with X1541Test. Also, your parallel port must be bidirectional so that the XP1541/XP1571 cable will work on it. For parallel ports incompatible with the X1541 cable, you need the XEP1541 cable combo instead; for unidirectional ones, use the XXH1541 cable combo instead.
You can find the details on how to build this cable at the construction page.
If you already have an X1541 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. Also, test the compatibility of your motherboard with X1541Test.
The X1541 cable is © by Leopoldo Ghielmetti, 1992. 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 XP1541/XP1571 parallel cable 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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