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Help with my C64

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Hi, I have a C64 collecting dust, and I thought why not brush the dust off it and put it to use :)

Unfortunately I have no 1541 drive and 5 1/4" disks are a bit hard to find (are they still made?), so I have been looking at PC<->C64 cables here:


But my question is: which cable should I buy to get best compatibility with C64 demos? I guess there will be some issues with turbo-loaders and so on, wouldn't there?
added on the 2005-06-27 07:32:59 by front243 front243
Well, the x1541 is a cable which connects your 1541 to your pc. Bad luck.

Ask at #c-64 / ircnet, there are quite some interesting solutions (partly not cheap). A floppy drive and some disks (ppl told me, Jens Schönfeld is still producing them) would be the cheaper alternative.
Hi, thanks for your help. Seems I didn't read that cable page properly then. I have contacted Jens Schönfeld and asked him for any solutions to my problem.
added on the 2005-06-27 08:38:40 by front243 front243
Well, the x1541 is a cable which connects your 1541 to your pc

not necessarily , you can use a x1541 cable to connect a c64 to a pc which emulates the diskdrive http://www.64hdd.com/64hdd.html

i doubt its very compatible with custom loaders, it will work with one filed demos, but for that i think an mmc64 from jens schönfeld is a better choise

5 1/4" disks can still be bought, but are expensive

added on the 2005-06-27 08:52:55 by hollowman hollowman
Hollowman (or anybody else), where can I buy 5 1/4" disks online?

If I still can buy them, I will go looking for a second-hand 1541 drive
added on the 2005-06-27 09:26:03 by front243 front243
If you can find a second-hand 1541 drive there is probably a good chance you can also get a bunch of second-hand 5'25'' disks from the guy selling the drive.
added on the 2005-06-27 09:42:45 by cruzer cruzer
Yeah, I just order 200 disks from Protovision, and I found a guy selling 2x1541 drives :)

Offcourse I had to buy his old C64 as well, so now I have 2 C64s :)
added on the 2005-06-27 10:14:55 by front243 front243
If you don't have an 1541, I'd recommend you buying a SD card reader from Jens Schönfeld, Individual Computers. It is a perfect replacement, you just load the D64 files on an SD card, and the C-64 can read them as normal disks.
added on the 2005-06-27 10:19:49 by tomcat tomcat
front243, concerning the disks try your look at ebay. i got quite a bunch of new disks for 2€ some months ago; that basically saved my old disks ..
added on the 2005-06-27 12:35:20 by dalezr dalezr
s/look/luck .. 1 2 3
added on the 2005-06-27 12:36:46 by dalezr dalezr
You probably should get both a 1541 AND a memory card reader. You should probably go for the IDE64 card rather than the MMC64... The IDE64 reads CompactFlash cards and allows you to connect stock IDE/ATA/ATAPI hard drives and even CD-ROM drives.
added on the 2005-06-27 13:43:05 by madcrow madcrow
I'd get an IDE64, A Catweasel, an x1541 cable, a MMC card, a C128, a 1571, 1581, 1541, a Pal c64, an NTSC c64, a retro replay + net, and hit google (: There are so many ways to do this sort of thing (:
Well that would be a pretty good set up. You did forget one thing: a SuperCPU. Currently it's mainly useful for GEOS/Wheels users, but a cool game called Metal Dust also needs it. A C64 + SuperCPU basically eliminates any need ou may have for a PC or Mac...
added on the 2005-06-28 19:39:41 by madcrow madcrow


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