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Commodore 64 Tape Transfer FAQ

(based on a FAQ by Fabrizio Gennari)

You have got a huge collection of Commodore64 tapes and you want to use them on your PC? Or you want to play the game you just downloaded from the Internet on your real C64? Here are the answers to some questions about transfers from PC to tape and back.

How do I play a C64 game tape on an emulator?

I have got a C64 game on tape and I want to play that game on a PC using an emulator. What should I do?

The best solution is to create a TAP file. All C64 tapes can be converted to a TAP file.

There are several ways to do this:

  • Connect your datasette or C64 to the PC's parallel port using a C64S or a X1641/XE1541 cable.
  • Connect an ordinary music tape player to your sound card.
  • Connect your datasette to a DC2N.
  • Use an Amiga and the DTU cable. Requires TTU software, available from Aminet.

Which cable should I build, and which program should I use?

mtap by Markus Brenner supports the C64S tape interface, which allows you to connect the datassette to the PC, and the X1541/XE1541 cable, which allows you to connect your C64 to the PC. If you are using a DC2N everything should be included to start the dumping prosess.

Can I convert C64-tapes using a PC and a soundcard?

I am just an ordinary PC user and I have got a soundcard. Can I do something?

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Yes, but it isn't recommended. Either :-

  • Record the tape to a VOC file and use 64VOCTAP by Tomaz Kac.
  • Record the tape to a WAV file and use Tape 64 by Andreas Matthies.
  • Connect the tape player to your sound card and use TAPir by Andreas Andersson and Martin Sikström.

How do I convert a TAP to PRG, P00, or T64?

I think that TAP files are too big and they take too long to load. I want to convert my game to PRG, P00 or T64. How?

This is not recommended as some taps will not convert 100% to those formats. In order to extract binary data from a tape, a program must know how those data are coded on the tape. Since the way data are coded changes from loader to loader, the program must know about the particular loader used. Because of this, not all tapes can be converted to PRG, P00 or T64. Using TAP files should not be a big problem today with the size of the average hard disk now in the hundreds of gigabytes.

How do I transfer a TAP file to tape?

I downloaded a TAP file and I want to transfer it onto a tape to play it on a C64. How?

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If you built a C64S tape interface or an X1541/XE1541 cable, you can use ptap by Markus Brenner. Otherwise, you can convert the TAP to a VOC file, or even play it on your soundcard, using 64TAPVOC by Tomaz Kac.

You can also use a DC2N and a tape duplicator in order to save to tape.

How do I transfer a PRG, P00, or a T64 file to tape?

I downloaded a PRG, P00 or T64 file and I want to transfer it onto a tape to play it on a C64. How?

This is not recommended. Please transfer a TAP file instead. See the question 'How do I transfer a TAP file to tape?' above.


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