The programmer powers up fine and the light says it's ready.
I've tried it on 3 computers, with 3 different versions of the software, and they mostly have the same problem - they say it isn't attached and insist on running in "DEMO" mode.
Here's everything I've tried:
BPWin 4.67.0 installed on ABit AN7 (nForce2) WinXP:
Software first says it's out of date, then pops up another message saying essentially "since there is no programmer connected, it will run in demo mode." Says I can configure the port in the menu. Great, so I do that, but every time I select LPT1, it doesn't stick. I go back in that same menu and it's been switched back to "DEMO".
I try restarting the program multiple times with the programmer fully running, but it doesn't help. Tried switching the LPT port to SPP mode in the BIOS, but that doesn't help either.
BPWin 4.83.0 on ABit AN7
same as above. This is the last version to support this programmer.
Tried changing the system clock, now the "out of date" message goes away but it still says there's no programmer attached.
BPWSoft-03 on ABit AN7
This program doesn't support the BP-1148. But the interesting thing is, at launch, it seems to detect this and tells me my programmer isn't supported. So clearly it sees it.
BPWin 4.67.0 installed on Thinkpad A20m (440BX) laptop Win2k:
I set the clock to 04/2007 (when this version came out), then ran BPWin with the programmer running. No error messages at all, and it correctly identifies the programmer as a BP-1148. No errors about seeing my programmer - it seems to work!
But it's still in DEMO mode, and won't let me do anything. Any attempt to switch from DEMO to LPT1 doesn't stick, as before.
BPDOS v3.94a (final version) on fresh install of Win98 SE on an Epox 440BX desktop motherboard:
This is a pseudo-DOS program that runs at the console but won't run in DOS mode - it requires Win9x.
It gives me the same error message as before, saying there's no programmer attached and it will run in DEMO mode. The menus seem to work *except* the one that lets me select a port. Entering that config menu causes a Windows message box with an error that says "Invalid Vector" or something like that.
Tried it with the port in SPP mode, this doesn't help.
Running BPDOS with a different (incorrect) cable attached allows me to go in the config menu, but the LPT setting and programmer type don't stick.
I wouldn't know. This came with the programmer but the disks were corrupt and useless. One of them had the metal shield broken off.
Anybody have experience with these? All I can think to try is to get another cable, and I'll do that when I can. But I'm doubting that's it since some versions seem to identify the programmer.
I'm intrigued that on my laptop, it actually seemed to identify my programmer correctly and had no errors. But it was still stuck in demo mode. This makes me worry it's deliberately locking me out.
To that effect, I see this comment on BPMicro's download page:
Am I screwed? Or is the problem something else?
BPWIN V4.36 and newer software will check your system for registration of warranty and software support contract. If an unregistered site is detected or your software support contract is not current, the software will prevent any device operations from occurring on that site. The software will prompt you for site registration information on all concurrent and automated programmers.
Thanks for reading... I would really appreciate any help with getting this brick back to life.