The XP1541 and XP1571 parallel cables

for Commodore 1541, 1570 and 1571 drives

You should follow these instructions if your drive has no parallel capabilities yet and you want to create a parallel port on your drive and then connect the cable to it. This is the preferred method because you can also make use of it with a Commodore machine.


First, create the parallel port for 1541 drives or the parallel port for 1570 and 1571 drives.

You need the following parts to build this cable:

  • One solderable 15-pin male plug (PC game plug)
  • One solderable 25-pin male plug (PC parallel plug)
  • A shielded or unshielded 8-wire cable of, preferably at most, 2 meters

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

Step 2. Solder the other end of the cable onto the parallel plug. You should have the following connections:

Game plug Parallel plug
 1   2, Data 0
 2   3, Data 1
 3   4, Data 2
 4   5, Data 3
 5   6, Data 4
 6   7, Data 5
 7   8, Data 6
 8   9, Data 7
not connected  18-25, GND

Circuit diagram:

[XP1541/XP1571 parallel cable]

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

Source: The Joe Forster-STA homepage