as seen at retroport.de
Parallel cables became popular with Speed DOS and luckily there are some good resources on the net explaining how to add such a cable to your own drive. Basically it can be added to 1541, 1541C, 1541-II, 1570, 1571 and Oceanic OC-118 / OC-118N drives and will speed up data transfer to the C64 or C128 tremendously when being software supported. A few programs and quite some backup tasks require a Speed DOS compatible parallel cable while some other programs were written for Dolphin DOS where the cable was changed slightly with version 2 and became incompatible. Other speeders requiring a parallel cable of some kind may be covered at Kernal ROMs.
A drive with a parallel cable added may also well serve for faster transfers to the PC using e.g. StarCommander or NIBtools and an appropriate interface (XM-1541 comes to mind here).
Most tasks faced on a C64 system may very well be defeated without a parallel cable especially since nowadays defacto kernal rom speeder is the serially working JiffyDOS. The cable however can be an excellent aid and when combined with a RAM Expansion Unit you will not want to ever miss it again on any disk backup.
- Sta's Commodore Parallel Cable construction site (includes building instructions for Speed DOS and copier program compatible 1541 and 1570/1571 parallel cables)
- Building the 1541 Internal Parallel Cable and it's connection Building the C64 to Disk Drive Parallel Cable by Peter Schepers
- Installing a parallel cable into the Commodore 1541-II drive and (handle this one with care) Commodore parallel transfer cable by WoMo
- Parallelkabel zur Floppybeschleunigung at hardworks.de (german instructions)
- FCopy III page hosted by WoMo
- Beastie Copy V1 - 2 Parallel Drives at CSDb
- 15 Seconds Copy 35 Tracks V2.39 at CSDb
- Star Commander by STA
- tbd - maybe someone wants to do this?
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