World's Crappiest Drives (was Re: A&J Microdrive)

From: Gene Buckle <>
Date: Wed Dec 6 19:58:52 2000

> > No, unfortunately -- just Commodore 8-bits. You can either figure out
> Since the CBM serial bus protocol is documented somewhere (and there are
> plenty of hackers who've dug into the C64 and C128 ROMs), I don't think
> there's a good reason why the 1571 (and other CBM peripherals) can't be
> linked up to _any_ computer and the serial bus simulated by bit-banging
> on a TTL-level I/O port.
> In fact, isn't there a well-known program to at least read/write disks in
> 1541 drives from an MS-DOS box?

You're referring to X1541. It will talk to a 1541 via a special cable
between the drive and a parallel port. ISTR there is more than one C-64/128
emulator out there that will use any Commodore serial peripheral that's
connected that way. You can even hook up a Commodore printer to the drive
and talk to it.

Received on Wed Dec 06 2000 - 19:58:52 GMT

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