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TI and the MiniPro TL866 EPROM Programmer

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#51 jonecool OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2018 6:05 PM

Received my TL866, never used an EPROM programmer until yesterday.  But, it was very easy.  Erased the EPROM with the eraser.  Identified the ERPOM, verified the EPROM reported "FF"'s for all addresses, took the TIP-dsr file and loaded it up in the MiniPro software and wrote the code to the EPROM.  


Haven't popped it into the TIPI yet, I'll wait for a bigger upgrade.  But, wanted to make sure I knew how to do it so I'm ready to go when it's time.  I'm sure I'll be able to use it for my classic arcade games at some point.


Thanks to this thread, I'm good to go.  I appreciate it!

#52 helocast OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:17 PM

My TL866CS has more than paid for itself in three years of use - at last count I have about two dozen adapters I've acquired over the years.


So ..., I pried open my piggy bank to buy just the new base TL866II+ model and cables, hoping all the money I've put into collecting every CS adapter would not be wasted.

I can happily report that the Windows installer also keeps both devices in separate paths as well as distinguishing between the two different USB drivers.


It appears the II+ recognizes the several common adapters I use with my older CS unit (just grabbed a few random/workhorse ones out of my collection). I'll let you know if I find one that doesn't work.

Also very stoked with the new SPI port on the II+ too - versatility is good for future projects!

Still, I think I'll be keeping my older CS unit for those times that I need the 21 volts (vs. 18 volts max) programming ability for older chips. :-D 

#53 atrax27407 OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:21 PM

I doubt that the TL866II will do TMS2532s. Even 21V is pushing the envelope a bit. A Vpp of 18V would likely be insufficient.

#54 fabrizio OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:42 AM

I've used my Minipro to test a lot of different 74LS chips. . .it does this quite well.

ok, it does not work well for me-

#55 Ksarul ONLINE  


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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:47 PM

I also use my TOPWIN 3000 a lot, as I've found that it tests a lot more chips than the Minipro. . .

#56 atrax27407 OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Jul 1, 2018 11:11 AM

New upgrade for the TL866II - now at Vn 7.30. Fixed a couple of errors and added some more chips.

#57 atrax27407 OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:25 PM

 New upgrades for both products. The TL866CS is upgraded to Vn 6.81 and the TL866II is upgraded to Vn 7.32 with several more chips added. Also, there is a piracy notice on the site to identify 

"cloned" programmers.

Edited by atrax27407, Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:16 AM.

#58 atrax27407 OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:18 AM

New upgrade for the TL866CS/A. I don't see any difference in what has been added or changed. However, it is now Vn 6.82 and dated 7/24/18.

#59 atrax27407 OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:39 AM

Jim Fetzner suggested that, since there is no obvious reason for the version update from 6.81 to 6.82, there might be some 'security" code in Vn 6.82. It is indeed possible since the version change occurred simultaneously with the piracy announcement. It is likely that the latest version (and subsequent versions) will include code that is either hostile or destructive to "cloned" copies of the TL866. I can't blame the manufacturer. Check the pictures to make sure you have the genuine article!

Edited by atrax27407, Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:40 AM.

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