PCLink


The important part of the IDEDOS is the virtual drive called "PCLink". It enables user to access PC storage peripherals directly from C64. The standard way. The PCLink drive gained standard features of normal IDEDOS drives. You just need to decide which hardware layer to use and run propper small server software called Ideservd.
There exist server for Windows, Linux and OSX.

The software support for the PCLink is implemented in the ROM (IDEDOS) of the IDE64 controller.
While upgrading IDE64 firmware you have to choose propper IDE64 firmware. There are USB, parallel PC64, serial X1541, serial RS232 and Ethernet.

USB PCLink
PC64 PCLink
X1541 PCLink
RS-232 PCLink
Ethernet PCLink


USB PCLink

USB PCLink came up with the IDE64 V4.1. The FTDI USB 1.1 and 2.0 communication chip was added to the card.
You need cable with 5 pin USB Mini B on one side and type A (standard USB) on second side.

IDE64 USB device driver can be downloaded from the chip manufacturer


PC64 PCLink

Based on PC64 cable layout. You can obtain "PC64" cable from The X1541 Shop
Pin
USER_PORT-C64
Pin
LPT_PORT-PC
A,1
GND
18..25
GND
C
PB0 out
15
ERROR
D
PB1 out
13
SELECT
E
PB2 out
12
PAPER
F
PB3 out
10
ACK IN
H
PB4 in
2
D0
J
PB5 in
3
D1
K
PB6 in
4
D2
L
PB7 in
5
D3
M
PA2 out
11
BUSY
N,12
GND
18..25
GND
B
FLAG in [optional]
9
D7 [optional]
This is a description of the parallel C64/PC cable
You only need to solder this cable and execute small server program on the PC.
Warning: Incorrectly created cable can damage your PC and/or C64 computer. Never plug the cable while the computers are turned on. Use at your own risk.

X1541 PCLink

This option support regular Star Commander cables X1541, XM1541, XE1541, XA1541 for file transfers.
Cable types are described in the Star Commanderís documentation, written by Joe Forster/STA.

RS-232 PCLink

Supported RS-232 cards are DUART serial, SwiftLink serial, Turbo232 serial.
Pin
DUART_PORT-C64
9 Pin
25 Pin
COM_PORT-PC
2
RxD
3
2
TxD
3
TxD
2
3
RxD
7
RTS
8
5
CTS
8
CTS
7
4
RTS
5
GND
5
7
GND
This is a description of the serial C64/PC cable
To use serial RS-232 link you need DUART serial card and serial (null modem with handshaking) cable and execute small server program on the PC.

Ethernet PCLink

Supported network cards are ETH64, (E)TFE or RR-Net card. Communication is done using UDP packets.
Use an ethernet crosslink cable between the host computerís network card and the ETH64, (E)TFE or RR-Net card. Or plug the C64 onto your local network.


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