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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1400 on: November 05, 2018, 12:16:13 am »
seems like autoelectric.cn has gone awol. saves on making updates eh?

I've bookmarked http://www.xgecu.com/en/
which is working well for me.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1401 on: November 05, 2018, 02:02:43 am »
must be in part due to cloning :  http://autoelectric.cn/EN/note.html

Important tips on Piracy:

1. TL866CS/A programmer has ceased production. If there is a large number of sales may be counterfeit products.

2. There is a large number of pirated TL866CS/A programmers in the market. Counterfeit products can not test every IOs of the programmer, and the quality of products can not be guaranteed.

3. Do not use the third party cloning software to operate the program firmware illegally, otherwise the warranty was cancelled.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1402 on: November 05, 2018, 04:09:00 am »
must be in part due to cloning :  http://autoelectric.cn/EN/note.html

Important tips on Piracy:

1. TL866CS/A programmer has ceased production. If there is a large number of sales may be counterfeit products.

2. There is a large number of pirated TL866CS/A programmers in the market. Counterfeit products can not test every IOs of the programmer, and the quality of products can not be guaranteed.

3. Do not use the third party cloning software to operate the program firmware illegally, otherwise the warranty was cancelled.

Who are you replying to?
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1403 on: November 05, 2018, 09:34:30 am »
I see V6.85 of the software has been released.

Anyone tried it?

I installed it today as they mentioned fixing a GAL issue in the release notes.

I used to be able to program GAL22V10Ds but an update broke this.  I had to buy a different programmer.

I did quite a bit of testing after the update and was able to erase, program and verify the devices.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1404 on: November 05, 2018, 04:01:34 pm »
I installed it today as they mentioned fixing a GAL issue in the release notes.

I used to be able to program GAL22V10Ds but an update broke this.  I had to buy a different programmer.

You are unable to use an older version of the software which was previously able to successfully program your GAL22V10Ds?

I'm very confused in that you appear to be saying that a software update to your previously working TL866-series programmer somehow physically (electrically?) broke your existing programmer so you had to go out and buy some other programmer??  Is it another TL866 style unit?  Please elaborate.

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I did quite a bit of testing after the update and was able to erase, program and verify the devices.

I'm still confused.  Are you talking about your new programmer?   :-//
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1405 on: November 05, 2018, 11:22:00 pm »
Yesterday I accidently upgraded my TL866 to the newest version. I got the "nag screen" , but I assumed it was just text (once) and didn't alter the functionality I left it this way. However I tried erasing/flashing an AMD29F040 and the AT29C512 and both gave an error. Reading eproms gave only a few hundred bytes for the rest 0xFF.
With help of Radioman's software I flashed back to an older version of the Minipro firmware.
So it seems that there might be some "clones" (which I like more than counterfeits) that are being broken by the newest firmware.
Anyone a tip for an affordable replacement (for the TL866) ?

Kind regards, Bram
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1406 on: November 06, 2018, 02:25:06 am »
I have the Genius G540 programmer.  I've used it for GALs without any issues but not for much else.

 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1407 on: November 06, 2018, 11:50:12 am »
Welcome to the forum, bprosman. Why not just fix yours as radioman described and then use it with the latest firmware?
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1408 on: November 06, 2018, 05:02:41 pm »
Is it possible with the Radioman software to also run version 6.85?
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1409 on: November 06, 2018, 05:15:21 pm »
Is it possible with the Radioman software to also run version 6.85?
Yes.
I am running MiniPro 6.85 and used Radioman updater to flash my programmer.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1410 on: November 07, 2018, 01:53:11 am »
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"Why not just fix yours as radioman described and then use it with the latest firmware?"
The latest firmware doesnt seem to work with my hardware, programming EEPROMS fails at the 1st byte.
That is why I went back to an older (6.7) release.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1411 on: November 07, 2018, 08:29:07 am »
It's because your programmer still has an error, probably the checksum is incorrect. Fix it as radioman described, then all the firmware versions will work (except the ones for the TL866 II, of course, since that's a different product).
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1412 on: November 08, 2018, 01:33:44 pm »
seems like autoelectric.cn has gone awol. saves on making updates eh?

I've bookmarked http://www.xgecu.com/en/
which is working well for me.

It was anyway. It's really slow tonight [9th Nov 2018, 02:30 UTC] whichever domain name you use to get to it.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Arduino IDE question
« Reply #1413 on: November 08, 2018, 02:16:23 pm »
Can someone tell me what kind of programmer to pick from the list in Arduino IDE (v1.8.7 in this case) to use the TL866 to program AVR's (ATMega328P)?  Is it even recognized by Arduino IDE or do I absolutely have to use MiniPro?

Thank you.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1414 on: November 08, 2018, 02:32:53 pm »
You have to use the MiniPro TL866 software to program chips, including AVR microcontrollers, using the TL866. The TL866 is not supported via Arduino IDE that I'm aware of.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1415 on: November 08, 2018, 03:59:48 pm »
Just in case anyone missed this, bumping this info that already buried in this gigantic thread, you can use your Android phone/tablet (as long its supported) to run the TL866.

Posted -> WizardProg Mobile by SergMM

Grab it here at Google Play -> https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.wizardprog.mobile

Fyi, even beta, it works at my Andoid.  :-+
 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1416 on: November 09, 2018, 08:37:54 am »
Thanks, BravoV. I indeed missed that.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1417 on: November 09, 2018, 02:03:33 pm »
Hey, if it could be made to work on a raspberry pi, just add a screen and battery and you got a convenient portable field tool.
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1418 on: November 09, 2018, 02:05:56 pm »
I was thinking the same thing. The Pi can run Android. So, it may work.

https://developer.android.com/things/hardware/raspberrypi
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1419 on: November 10, 2018, 01:11:21 am »
I might be missing some detail like wanting to use the Andrious UI, but Pi can already run the native Linux Minipro programmer: https://gitlab.com/DavidGriffith/minipro/
 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1420 on: November 10, 2018, 06:35:14 am »
I didn't know someone made a linux program for it. Cool. Thanks, zino. And welcome to the forum!
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1421 on: November 29, 2018, 07:15:25 am »
I see V6.85 of the software has been released.

Anyone tried it?
I want to try it but I keep getting popups from Comodo AV about infection (Malware / Worm).


Could you please anybody confirm by another AV there is no hazard? Thanks.
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1422 on: December 03, 2018, 06:42:14 pm »
Hi everyone!
 I came here to say thanks to radioman! He saved my original TL866CS (converted to A) from its own creator.
 I had problem when I downloaded, currently the latest V6.85 sw. It offered to update the firmware on my TL866A , I accepted and regretted. From then my TL866A could not read the Chip ID, and it was unsuccessful to properly program or erase the serial flash memory (SPI).

 After a google search I found this forum and radioman, and solved my problem by forcing the bootloader and flashing to lower version of firmware.

 Thank you sir, again!
 
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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1423 on: December 05, 2018, 06:20:06 am »
Yesterday I accidently upgraded my TL866 to the newest version. I got the "nag screen" , but I assumed it was just text (once) and didn't alter the functionality I left it this way. However I tried erasing/flashing an AMD29F040 and the AT29C512 and both gave an error. Reading eproms gave only a few hundred bytes for the rest 0xFF.
With help of Radioman's software I flashed back to an older version of the Minipro firmware.
So it seems that there might be some "clones" (which I like more than counterfeits) that are being broken by the newest firmware.
Anyone a tip for an affordable replacement (for the TL866) ?

Kind regards, Bram
:rant: FTDI strikes again :rant:
 

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Re: EEVblog #411 - MiniPro TL866 Universal Programmer Review
« Reply #1424 on: December 06, 2018, 09:46:36 am »
Tried to download 6.85 version today but Microsoft antivirus tells me that it has a Trojan: Occamy.C  :-// I see that on a previous post another user also got a similar message for this version
 


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