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Author Topic: Setting up the cartridge and how to use  (Read 1344 times)

Offline Remzi

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Setting up the cartridge and how to use
« on: February 22, 2021, 10:39:29 AM »

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.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 08:25:55 AM by Remzi »

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Re: Setting up the cartridge and how to use
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2022, 06:05:38 PM »
Just wanted to thank you for putting a link to your sd card content. I purchased a PI1541 zero hat and could not get the OLED display to show anything. I tried multiple configurations from multiple people to no avail. You are a great contributor to the continuing efforts to keep old hardware usable. Again, I bow to you with thanks.

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Re: Setting up the cartridge and how to use
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2022, 09:11:35 PM »
No probs buddy.I'm glad it was helpful.
There is an image for the Pi0 2W as well if you need it in future,



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