Uncles/PC-C64c file transfers

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu Jan 15 21:10:30 1998

>Okay, so I have a C-64c, 1541 floppy, and monitor. Now how exactly would I
>go about downloading programs from the internet on my PC machine and
>porting them over to the Commodore? Will I need a special serial cable? I
>have the 64 boxed up at the moment so can't really tell what I need.

You'll need an X1541 cable. Basically you need a spare cable for
connecting the drive to the C64. You cut one end off, you then take a DB25
connector and put on that end. Plug the DB25 into the parallel port of
your <shudder> PC, and then you can directly connect your 1541 to the PC.
I've got a 1541 just for this purpose, I simply leave it hooked to my
server, and boot the server to DOS when I want to transfer files. You'll
need a software package that will handle the transfers, I think one is
called Star Commander. Doing a DejaNews search on X-1541 and X1541 should
dig up all the info you need.

That was the cheap, but hard way. Now for the easy, but expensive way.
Lay out about $100 and get a Catweasel board either for your PC or better
yet your Amiga 2000, 3000, or 4000 (the Amiga version has more
capabilities). Hook a 1.2Mb 5.25" floppy to the controller, and use the
software included with the board. At least that's how it's supposed to
work, I've not gotten one for my Amiga yet, so I've no experience with the

I posted some info here a few weeks ago on these boards, they look to be
the classic computer collecters dream board. They are constantly adding
additional floppy formats that they can read. According to their web page
it will even support 8" floppies, if the developers can ever get their
hands on any.

>While we're talking commodores, what's so special about the C-64c besides
>the C-128 style case?

Based on the answers I got a week or two ago, apparently nothing.


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