- Welcome to
atari8warez.com, home of the
SIO Cable, the Atari
Peripheral Emulator (APE) software
and the 10502PC software
If you are new to the concept of using a PC as an Atari peripheral
see this page for more in-depth information. Note that SIO2PC has
evolved since that page was written but the basic idea behind it remains
the same and lives through this day.
combines the functionality of an SIO2PC
and a 10502PC in one device. It uses a USB connection to the PC. It creates a Virtual COM port on
the PC for communication with a Peripheral Emulator software like
It will co-exist and operate in concert with other SIO devices in
the SIO chain. When plugged into an Atari disk drive, it switches
its operating mode to 10502PC. In this mode it can be used with the
new and upcoming atari8warez software ALibPc (and currently with
Prosystem from Atarimax) for archiving old personal floppies into
ATR images which can be later used in SIO2PC mode.
is the lite version of
the Dual-USB device. It doesn't offer the 10502PC capability but
otherwise designed to operate exactly like the bigger brother. You can
still copy files and disks between real drives and virtual drives.
It just won't work with PC software that allows you to connect your Atari
drive directly to a PC.
Man's SIO Cable
is a substitute to the "getting harder to
find and more expensive" SIO cable. Instead of plugs, it employs a
specially designed PCB on both ends of an SIO Cable. The PCB looks
like an edge connector and is inserted between the two rows of an
Atari computer's or an Atari peripheral's SIO port pins. It provides
a surprisingly good contact with SIO pins and works just like a
regular SIO cable. It also sports a Power On led on each end of the
cable. It is completely
safe to use because if it's inserted the wrong way the pins will not
make contact with the traces on the PCB, so no damage can be done to
the computer or to peripheral.
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