• Welcome to atari8warez.com, home of the SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB, SIO2PC-USB, Poor Man's SIO Cable, the Atari Peripheral Emulator (APE) software AspeQt and the 10502PC software ALibPc.


  • If you are new to the concept of using a PC as an Atari peripheral emulator please 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.

  • SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB  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 AspeQt. 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.
  • SIO2PC-USB  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.
  • Poor 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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