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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: September 24, 2017, 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: September 24, 2017, 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: September 24, 2017, 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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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1081 on: September 27, 2017, 04:06:27 AM »
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Hi,i'm using the programmer in a windows 7 x64 virtual machine using vmware and it works without any problem...
Maybe some problem with virtualbox?
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1082 on: September 27, 2017, 07:29:46 AM »
Programmer works in Win10 64 bit and so I believe it should work in Win7 too. Might be something in your settings and not the programmer software. Why not D/L a new copy of the Windows programmer driver software and reinstall it. 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1083 on: September 27, 2017, 10:16:12 AM »
Hi,i'm using the programmer in a windows 10 x64 VM on a MacBook Pro using Parallels and it works great...
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1084 on: October 04, 2017, 02:14:20 PM »
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Hi,i'm using the programmer in a windows 10 x64 VM on a MacBook Pro using Parallels and it works great...
Yes, I am doing same and working perfectly. However recently, I have created a multimeter blog https://bestmultimeterreviews.org/. I am trying to write multimeter review and how mulitmeter works. I need some feedback from you guys.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1085 on: October 05, 2017, 04:16:14 AM »
I tried it again and now it works. Host system: Debian 64 bit, VM: Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.40 r115130, guest system: Windows 7, 64 bit and later tested with Windows 10, 64 bit. I guess the USB stack somewhere got confused when I updated the firmware and the host system needed a reboot, which I don't do often since I use Linux as my main system.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1086 on: October 06, 2017, 03:26:39 AM »
Glad you got it working.  :-+
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1087 on: October 06, 2017, 05:20:56 AM »
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.

You are looking for THIS.

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1088 on: October 13, 2017, 02:16:30 PM »
Hello everybody.
Now beta testing of the Android shell for the programmer TL866.
A video with a brief overview of working with soft WizardProg Mobile.


Write feedback, now you can affect how the program will look and work.
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.wizardprog.mobile

TL866 has become unique, it works in both Windows and Android.
 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1089 on: October 13, 2017, 03:59:27 PM »
Hello everybody.
Now beta testing of the Android shell for the programmer TL866.

TL866 has become unique, it works in both Windows and Android.

Interesting, thanks for the update.

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1090 on: October 13, 2017, 05:48:32 PM »
Impressive.  :-+

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1091 on: October 13, 2017, 06:35:32 PM »
that's great  :-+
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1092 on: October 14, 2017, 08:00:49 AM »
Hello everybody.
Now beta testing of the Android shell for the programmer TL866.

...

TL866 has become unique, it works in both Windows and Android.

That's very cool. Another good project for old Android phones -- make a standalone TL866.
It's TEA time! You know you want some.
 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1093 on: October 19, 2017, 02:18:31 PM »
Google Play says my Android phone (Alcatel One Touch Evolve 2) is not supported. Oh well. Great looking project though!  :-+  :clap:
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1094 on: October 19, 2017, 02:53:54 PM »
Thanks Radioman and everyone else here who have contributed to this forum.

I just got the MiniPro TL866CS off Amazon, and it looks good so far. It works fine on my desktop pc running Windows 7

The only issue I have is probably "DotNet" related, but I am not sure. Other software (Autodesk, and some others) have the same error caused by the type of installation inf file used or the setup file itself.

I can't install the USB driver on either of my 2 WinXP laptops. The programmer software installs, it thinks it installed the USB driver, but after I connect the TL866CS to the cable when instructed to, the "Found New Hardware Wizard" retrieves the device name (MiniPro TL-866 Programmer" then "MiniProWdf".

After a while of the red light staying solid and yellow flashing, the wdfcoinstaller runs from the .inf file and I get an error from the "Found New Hardware Wizard" window saying something about "no signature found". Screenshot attached:

Anyone else have this problem? Any solutions? Thanks.

 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1095 on: October 20, 2017, 04:15:59 PM »
Well, I ran the separate driver installer in the DRV folder, and it says the driver is unsigned, that's why it won't install on my XP machines. Certificate expired in 2012.

I will just try to find some older sw version to try with XP.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1096 on: October 20, 2017, 06:09:54 PM »
Well, I ran the separate driver installer in the DRV folder, and it says the driver is unsigned, that's why it won't install on my XP machines. Certificate expired in 2012.

I will just try to find some older sw version to try with XP.
Why is your XP machine not just asking you if you're okay with installing an unsigned driver?

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1097 on: October 21, 2017, 04:18:23 AM »
Well, I ran the separate driver installer in the DRV folder, and it says the driver is unsigned, that's why it won't install on my XP machines. Certificate expired in 2012.

I will just try to find some older sw version to try with XP.
Why is your XP machine not just asking you if you're okay with installing an unsigned driver?

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It did ask, I told it to install anyway. Then it fails. I will get a new screen shot. If I can find a different driver install or xp registry file to import, that would be great....
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1098 on: October 21, 2017, 07:53:38 AM »
Screenshots. Incidently, MiniProWDF.sys in the DRV folder has no digital certificate, but the one in DRV\WIN64 is signed. I tried both, no luck in XP.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1099 on: October 21, 2017, 07:05:41 PM »
Sorry, but Windows XP 64bit is known to have issues like this.

If you have access to another system with a newer Windows of even Windows XP 32bit, try it again.
 


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