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1530 / 1531

[Picture of 1530, 13k JPEG] Pic. 1: The "Datassette"

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The socalled 'Datassette' is the cheapest mass storage device for nearly all Commodore machines (PET2001, VIC-20, C64, C128). And the slowest. Really slow.

The 1531 is actually the same as the usual 1530 except that it has a Mini-DIN connector instead of the PCB edge connector, since it was designed for the C-16. By replacing the connector with the PCB edge type, you can make the 1531 work with a C-64 (and the rest of the machines mentioned above).

Note: ONLY use Ferro-oxyde tapes!


1. The 1530

The Datassette was introduced with the PET series (where it was built into the PET's case) and except for the look, never changed dramatically.

2. The 1531

[Picture of 1531, 11k JPEG] The Commodore 264 series (C16 / C116 / Plus/4) have different connectors for the Datassette. For these machines, Commodore made the 1531, which is a standard 1530 in a black (or charcoal gray) case and equipped with the appropriate connector. The PCB seems to differ from the 1530's, at least with the drives I have.


Updated: May 19th, 1998
Created: January 30th, 1997
Thanks to: Kuivis / Moonbird for telling me about 1530-1531 adapters.

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