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1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Unable to Record to Tapes
« on: September 11, 2021, 11:17:42 AM »
Well now I'm confused as I thought all versions I had worked in Vice.  :o

Anywho here is the one I think I tried previously that I couldn't get working.

It's one of the two.

I recorded this TAP to a tape and it loaded on the real hardware fine.I'm not sure what's wrong on your side.
It might be your PC somehow limiting the output or your datasette is well used and underperforming.
You can try pushing it to the limits.
1.Max out the USB speaker volume.
2.Go to Audiotap advanced options and set the output frequency to 96000Hz.

Try recording it again to tape.

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Unable to Record to Tapes
« on: September 10, 2021, 10:36:04 AM »
Long one doesn't work on the Winvice,that's not the one I guess.

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Unable to Record to Tapes
« on: September 08, 2021, 07:56:25 AM »
That's fine mate.Please do post the links for the working and non working TAP files.
It does sound like some sort of tape copy protection.

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Unable to Record to Tapes
« on: September 07, 2021, 04:38:40 PM »
Welcome back Chriz.What a surprise  :D

@Dabyx,please correct me if I'm wrong.
You downloaded a TAP file and recorded it over to original copy tape.
It doesn't load on the real hardware?

Tape is physically damaged any chance? Creased or badly worn out?
Have you tried recording it to another blank tape?

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Share your results
« on: July 28, 2021, 08:56:15 AM »
Thank you for joining the forum and leaving a feedback DABYX.
I'm glad you are happy with it.
Cleaning and optimizing is not a must do procedure.It just gives a piece of mind.
You can also try Tapex which has a more up to date,larger database of loaders,

Are you backing up a mix tape with the Turbo loader program at the begining and the games followed,that you have to rewind the tape everytime you want to load a different game? Those games don't have a loader,raw data.Finaltap will give poor results for them.

Other MODs / Re: Unlock Your Datasette
« on: July 12, 2021, 10:04:31 PM »
I tried a few BT receivers and also found them unreliable.
Try increasing the volume.It might help.
There might be an interference with another bluetooth device or your wifi router.

Run the recorder justage program,if you see spots next to the lines,there is interference.

Other MODs / Re: Unlock Your Datasette
« on: July 12, 2021, 11:33:02 AM »
Capacitor is used for filtering the DC current.I don't think you have damaged anything.
Yout BT receivers power GND and the audio out GND might be isolated.It might stop if shorted.Try continuity test.
Does your phone have a 3.5mm audio jack? Try this mod without the BT receiver and make sure your datasette works.Don't try to run before you can walk  ;)

Tapecart SD / Convert PRG to TCRT
« on: June 25, 2021, 10:07:01 PM »
1.Download Tapecart Bundler.rar and open it to your desktop.
2.Copy your PRG files to the folder called PRG.You need minimum 2 PRG files.You can't convert a single PRG file to TCRT.
3.Double click Runme.bat. It wil create game-Vol#1.tcrt Rename it before moving to your SD card.

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / How to listen to tapes
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:41:37 PM »
These are the steps,if you want to be able to hear the datastream from the datasette.

1.Press Windows Key and R to open RUN window and type mmsys.cpl

Or right click on the speaker icon and select recording devices.

Double click USB microphone,go to Listen tab and tick the Listen to this device box.
Go to playback devices and set your own speakers as default.

With this configuration,you can listen to whatever is coming from the tape.
DO NOT use listen to this device feature if you are going to record a game to tape.You have to disable it.

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / How to split TAP files
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:33:38 PM »
If you have a tape with several games on it,you can back it up,convert it to TAP file and extract the individual games.

Download and install the TAP Manager by Manosoft.

Create a new folder on your desktop and copy the path.

Run the Tap Manager,delete the path on the output directory line and paste your own path.Click on the home button to make it default.

Click on the load file and select your TAP file.Tick the boxes for the games you want to extract.Click on the split file.

UNO2IEC / Setting up the UNO2IEC
« on: April 22, 2021, 09:30:26 AM »

Before plugging in the UNO2IEC to your PC,you need to install the USB drivers.

Windows users Download CH341SER.rar

Mac users Click HERE

After installing the USB drivers,plug it in and go to the device manager,

Start device manager
 Open the “Run” dialog box by pressing and holding the Windows key, then press the R key (“Run”).
Type devmgmt.msc.
Click OK .

You will find the CH340 under the Ports,make a not of the COM number,you will need that for the settings.

Download the UNO2IEC Host Program Windows

Download the UNO2IEC Host Program Mac OSX

Select your COM port number from the drop down list.
Set the serial speed to 57600
Select the device number you want to use.
Set Reset Pin 6,Clock Pin 5,ATN Pin 4,Data Pin 3
Choose the folder you want to use.Click OK.
Main -> Directory Listing Theme -> Machine -> You can change it to VIC20 or others

Download file browser for VIC20
Download file browser for C64

Copy the file browser to your shared folder and load it on your Commodore with the command


1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Setting up the adaptor Version 2
« on: April 06, 2021, 10:27:28 PM »
Autoload from tape to Winvice

DOWNLOAD this Winvice with the script files.

Press play on the tape deck and double click the autoload.bat

It will run the audio2tap to create a TAP file and stream it to winvice.Do not use the warp function.

Head Alignment Without the Real C64

Put the tape in the datasette and press play.

Find and run the file headalign.bat in that folder.

After the azimuth alignment loads up
go to datasette control and fast forward and
go to datasette control and start

You will see the lines.At this point ALT+W for 1 or 2 seconds to catch up with the real datasette.

Use the screw driver to align the head.Try to make the lines thin and straight as much as possible.

This is not easy,you will have to try a few times.

Other MODs / Re: Unlock Your Datasette
« on: March 26, 2021, 10:21:00 AM »
1.You can use it with C16 or VIC20.It works the same way as using tapes.
2.I don't think 10uf will work.You can find 100nf capacitors in old sound equipment like radios and PC speakers.You can also try 100K resistor instead of cap.
3.There are many different boards.You need to open up your datasette and compare the board with the ones on this topic.

Tapecart SD / Setting up the Tapecart SD
« on: March 07, 2021, 04:57:42 PM »

You need to format a micro SD card with FAT32 file system and unrar the file below,

Copy the contents inside the folder called sd to your SD card.Make sure browser.prg is at the root,otherwise you will get "Press Play on Tape" message.

You can use any micro SD card upto 32GB in capacity.Try to use 8 or 16GB even smaller if possible.Few users had problems with the 32GB ones.If you are using a Mac,it might create duplicate files on the SD card.

You can change any folder and file on the micro SD card but you need to keep the browser.prg at the root folder.You can find tons of games,demos,apps etc in PRG format at the following link,

You can load the browser by pressing the SHIFT and RUN/STOP keys or by typing LOAD command and pressing the RETURN key.

How to create TCRT files:

1.Download Tapecart Bundler.rar and open it to your desktop.
2.Copy your PRG files to the folder called PRG.You need minimum 2 PRG files.You can't convert a single PRG file to TCRT.
3.Double click Runme.bat. It wil create game-Vol#1.tcrt Rename it before moving to your SD card.


Photo above is borrowed from Cem Tezcan's Blog.

First thing you need to do is format a micro SD card (up to 32GB) with FAT32 file system.
Download the following RAR file

unrar it to your desktop and copy the files inside the zerosd folder to the root.
Make sure start.elf,kernel.img,config.txt and the other files are on the root,otherwise Pi Zero will not boot.
Insert the micro SD card to the Raspberry Pi Zero,plug in the cartridge to your C64 and connect the serial cable.Turn it on and select a D64 file and mount it.
Use the C= and Run/Stop keys to autostart the first file on the disk image.But keep in mind,this doesn't always work.You might get a "FILE NOT FOUND" error.In this case type /* and press return.When it's loaded start it with the RUN command.

If you want to download selection of games,go to this website.

If you want to have it all,CLICK here.

How to update the Pi1541

Visit the Steve White's project page,

Find the download section and click on the link says,

Latest Version 1.X (Pi0/1)

That is the Kernel.img.Just replace your old one on the SD card with the new one and you are up to date.
Please note,version 1.24 has some bugs like activitiy light and buzzer not working.You might want to wait for the next release.

3D Printing the Case

Here is Cem Tezcan's 3D design,

If you are going to get this printed by someone else,make sure pick one option either the one with the M2 screws or the M2.5 screws.Otherwise you might get 2 sets of cases costing you twice.

If you don't have a 3D printer,join a 3D printing Facebook group and ask if anyone can print this for you.You might find some one willing to print this very cheap or even just the cost of the postage.

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