IEEE-488 interface and Commodore Pet

From: Louis Schulman <>
Date: Sat Sep 8 12:51:10 2001

I have done some research, and since this subject seems to only interest me, I will respond to myself.

>From what I have found out, the various IEEE-488 cards do not interface with a PC in a standard way.
Rather, each has its own proprietary interface, and thus uses its own driver. It therefore appears that
software specifically written for one card will not work with another, at least without some hacking.

The Commodore Pet floppy drive transfer software for the Brain Boxes card appears unknown. There is
some information on a do it yourself card to allow a PC to communicate with a Pet drive, but not on this
already written software.

Therefore, I see no alternate but to appeal to my British brethren regarding any such card they may find in
their travels. Tony, Pete, et al, I beseech you! To each of you I say, "Hast thou a response?"


On Thu, 06 Sep 2001 22:26:27 -0400 (EDT), Louis Schulman wrote:

#Someone across the lake sent a post the other day about a Brain Boxes PC Elite IEEE-488 card and its
#supposed ability to transfer files to and from a Commodore Pet drive.
#This seems possible, and the software does exist. Has anyone ever transferred files to and/or from a Pet
#floppy drive using the GPIB interface?
#If it works, does anyone have an ISA or PCI IEEE-488 card they would like to part with? (I have one for
#Apple II, and would trade). I don't know if the Brain Box supplied software only works with their card or any
#card. If the former, any of you British chaps want to part with such a card (these cards seem not to be
#available in the colonies)?
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