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#76 atrax27407 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:09 AM

I was asked at the Chicago Faire about sources for EPROMs. Many of the Chinese vendors on eBay have either seconds (AKA midnight run) chips that have not been through QC and don't have the correct recognition byte. They also have patently counterfeit chips. As a result, 50% or more will not properly program. So, despite their low prices, you end up paying the same for each chip when everything is considered. For that reason, I routinely uncheck the "check ID" box before I start programming any chip. You can certainly get domestically-produced new, good chips.

 

Rochester manufactures new TI, INTEL, and other usually-out-of-production chips under license from the original manufacturer. The drawback is that they only make a production run when they get an order large enough to justify the run. The quantity that they offer is usually too large for an individual. However, a group buy might be a possibility.

 

Unicorn offers smaller quantities of genuine refurbished EPROMs at a decent price with free shipping for on-line pre-paid orders of more than $25. I have ordered from them many times and their chips program first time, every time and are generally top quality.

 

Of the Chinese vendors, IC-CHINA and Funkward Tech, have the best percentage of good chips. You will, however, have some bad chips from time to time. Both are on eBay and offer a fairly wide range of EPROMs.

 

Those are the experiences that I have had with EPROM/EEPROM vendors. You can also try Mouser, DigiKey, and Newark for a much more limited offering..


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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:26 AM

TL866II is upgraded to Vn 8.11 11/16/2018. A bunch of ATMEGA chips added.



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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:35 AM

i have noticed a bug in 8 and 11.. if you load a project it crashes.. if you try and save something as a project..also crashes

 

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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:01 AM

Greg,

 

If you send a bug report to the "contact Us" tab they will probably fix it quickly

 

http://www.autoelect...TL866_MAIN.html

 

 


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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:33 AM

Greg,

 

If you send a bug report to the "contact Us" tab they will probably fix it quickly

 

http://www.autoelect...TL866_MAIN.html

 

 

 

Sure they will, they never responded to the virus issue..  but I'll send one



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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:15 PM

Just got an email from AUTOElectric about the project bug in Vn 8.11

 

 

autoelectric
9:00 PM (13 minutes ago)
 
 
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This is a bug. We will fixed next upgrade. The reason is too longer project file name path.
 
Best regards

Haikou Xingong Electronic Co.,Ltd
Tele: 0898-68681816
Mobile: 13198907988
Contact: Engineer Wang

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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:04 PM

Bob,

 

I've got the TL866CS.

 

On the Geneve Eprom I pulled earlier with the original 0.98 Eprom code, the chip was marked as a 27C128-25 / 8808 CDA / PRGM @12.5V  / GI Taiwan.

 

I have tried a number of 27C128 IC chip selections, but thus far, nothing has read the chip.  It says it has read the chip, but the Address field has all >FF's.  I also had to uncheck the "Check ID" field.

Any thoughts on what I may be doing wrong?

Thanks.

Beery



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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2018 12:50 PM

Bob,

 

I just got the TL866A, it did not come in a box. It looks legit like you showed me, but I thought I would ask you to be 100% sure.

 

Also what version of the software should I be using?

 

Thanks!

 

Bill

 

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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2018 1:38 PM

To be absolutely sure, gently open it up and check the interior of the case against the genuine and fake versions on their website.



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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2018 11:35 PM

To be absolutely sure, gently open it up and check the interior of the case against the genuine and fake versions on their website.

 

 

Thanks I will do that.

 

What version of the software do I need?



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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 9:17 AM

Just download and install Vn 6.85 for the TL866CS from the site. The versions for the TL866CS/A and the TL866II are completely different.



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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 8:12 AM

Just download and install Vn 6.85 for the TL866CS from the site. The versions for the TL866CS/A and the TL866II are completely different.

 

 

Thanks I did that and I can read an eprom. Now I will take the EEPROM out of my XT IDE adapter and read it save it and burn it back and see if it works. Nice to know I got an original TL866 for only $40!! :)



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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 8:38 AM

My last one was $25  ;)



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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 9:57 AM

On best offer I offered $25, then $35, the best price I could get on fleabay was $40 with free shipping and got it in 5 days






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