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Transferring VIC 20 files to the PC

A number of people have asked me if I know of a way of transferring their old VIC 20 tapes and cartridges to the PC. Most of the time the cartridges that people have are probably already at Funet. This may be the case for tapes as well, but it is certainly less frequent. Below I give two programs for transferring VIC 20 tapes to the PC that I have used successfully.

VTR (VIC-20 Tape Reader)

This program is by far the easiest program to use at the moment. All you need is a Soundblaster card with a line in port, a good quality stereo, and a cable to connect the two. I have successfully transferred a number of my tapes, in fact four of the five games on my games page were transferred using this program. It works most of the time and chances are that if it doesn't work the first time, all you have to do is adjust a few things and it will probably work the second or third time. The cool thing about this program is that you don't have to go through the VIC 20 so you can avoid some of the hacking and cracking that you have to do with PRLINK.

Contact the author: Nikolaus Strater
Download the program: VTR.ZIP


There is a lot more involved to using this program. You need to make a special cable up to connect your VIC 20 with the PC and you have to have a server program running on the VIC 20 which means that you have to transfer it from the PC and save it to a tape before you can begin transferring programs. In order to do this, you have to type in a small basic program. Once you have got the server program running on your VIC 20, you can theoretically begin transferring files. Some programs are a lot easier to transfer than others. I tried transferring a number of programs and was only successful with Rockman. I am assured that it is possible to transfer almost any program, but you have to know a bit about hacking and cracking for the VIC 20.

Apart from the hassles involved, the advantages of this program are that it transfers programs both ways and it can handle cartridges and floppies as well as tapes. I don't have any disks and all the cartridges I ever had are available at funet, so I havn't tried either of these options.

Authors: Marko Mäkelä and Olaf Seibert
Homepage: PRLINK Homepage [Broken Link]
See here instead: CBM-to-PC or here: CBM-to-PC.

Other links

You might want to check out the following link. It has a file for downloading that covers cartridge archiving methods.

Ward Shrakes files to download [Broken Link]
See here instead: or here: