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Offline ebastler

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1075 on: August 05, 2017, 09:16:04 PM »
Mine were indeed ATF16V8B types.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1076 on: August 09, 2017, 11:09:03 PM »
Thanks for the answers.

Is it worth buying this socket for the TL866?



Change of topic:

Can you put a 20x4 LCD display to the TL866?

I want to make the TL866A with the LCD to display the data on the screen, Micro-SD to save the .bin and .hex in the inside of which the LCD can view the list, and Arduino to control the LCD and Micro-SD .

Is it possible to do?

Greetings.

That's what I did - bought an A version plus 10 adapters on Banggood or eBay, I think. No need to chase down connectors or reflash to change the firmware.

OBTW, Office Depot (maybe their sister company Office Max too?) sells some British made plastic storage boxes for a few bucks that are great for storing the TL866 with all cables and adapters stored all in one box. Link: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/352579/Really-Useful-Boxes-Plastic-Storage-Box/   

Also available in their stores if you have a local one. I got 3 for price of 2 on sale in my local store.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1077 on: September 23, 2017, 09:44:38 PM »
A warning: The programmer worked some months ago. Then I installed the latest version v6.60 on new Windows 7 installation, and it said it needed a firmware upgrade. I did flash it, but at the end it said flash failed. When I disconnected and connected the USB device, the yellow LED is blinking. Sometimes it keeps blinking forever, sometimes it stops after some seconds and the device is detected by the operating system. But I can't use it anymore in Windows.

Might be a special setup, because I'm running Windows 7 in an Oracle VM VirtualBox. This is what I see when I try to connect the USB device:



But looks like the firmware was flashed successfully, I can use the programmer on an old Windows XP laptop with no problems. The new firmware might have just problems with the virtual machine, which might be the reason that the flashing process reported that it failed, because it couldn't detect it anymore after flashing (looked like it resetted the device after flashing, because I had to attach it again, which then failed with the error message you can see above). It didn't have problems before I flashed it, so if you have a working installation, don't upgrade to the latest software, if you don't need its features. As always, never touch a running system :)

I didn't follow the whole thread, is there an open source alternative meanwhile for the programmer? Would be nice if I could use it from my main Linux system.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1078 on: Yesterday at 08:01:42 PM »
You may look at / try the Open Source Software:

https://github.com/radiomanV/TL866
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1079 on: Yesterday at 08:40:03 PM »
You may look at / try the Open Source Software:

https://github.com/radiomanV/TL866

This doesn't look like a programmer, just a program how to flash the original firmware. But it is nice to see that the schematic is included, someone could write a new firmware with it.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1080 on: Yesterday at 09:11:51 PM »
How about this one?
https://github.com/vdudouyt/minipro

(Never tried it; no affiliation and no endorsement...)
 


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