The XA1541 active cable

You should follow these instructions if you want to put the electronical parts onto a mini-adaptor, which you can hide inside the case of the parallel port plug.


First, create the XA1541 mini-adaptor.

You need the following parts to build this cable:

  • One solderable 6-pin male DIN plug (Commodore serial plug)
  • A shielded 4-wire or unshielded 5-wire cable of, preferably at most, 2 meters

Step 1. Solder one end of the cable onto the DIN plug.

Step 2. Solder the other end of the cable onto the XA1541 mini-adaptor port. These include the following connections:

DIN plug Adaptor port
 2, GND  1
 3, ATN  2
 4, CLK  3
 5, DATA  5
 6, RESET  4

Circuit diagram:

[XA1541 active cable]

You can find the description of all parts used on the diagrams at the legend page.

Source: The Joe Forster-STA homepage