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  • MINIPRO EPROM PROGRAMMER

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    02/23/18

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    MiniPro TL866 EPROM Programmer

    Software Installation on the PC

    NOTE: It may be necessary to have Administrator privileges to install the software.

    The following assumes installation on the C: drive in the Program Files folder (however, you may choose a

    different location).

    1. In the Program Files folder, create a new folder called “MiniPro”.

    2. On the disc that comes with the programmer (or flash drive or other media), find the program:

    “MiniProV650_setup.exe” and launch it.

    3. For the “Destination Folder” navigate to C:\Program Files\MiniPro and then click [Install].

    4. If a dialog box asks, “Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make

    changes to this computer?” Click [Yes].

    5. Windows Security may say, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. Click [Install].

    6. When a dialog box displays “Successfully installed”, click [Finish]. The MiniPro Programmer icon should

    appear on the desktop.

    7. Plug a USB cable into the MiniPro and then into a USB port on your computer. The first time this is done,

    a message “Installing Device driver software” may display. The yellow Run LED on the programmer may

    flash for a while. It is necessary to wait until this is finished.

    8. Click the MiniPro icon on the desktop. The MiniPro window will appear. The first time you do this, you

    may see a small Mini_Programmer window with the message, “Please reflash fireware”. Select

    ----Reflash fireware>”. Click [OK].

    9. At the top of the screen, click [Tools] and on the resulting menu select “Reflash firmware”. Click

    [Reflash]. This downloads a new version of firmware onto the programmer. After a few seconds, a

    dialog box should display that says, “Reflash firmware Successful!”.

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    Programmer Operation

    There are two processes that must be performed in order to program an EPROM chip.

    1. The EPROM data file must be “Loaded” (i.e., read) into the Programmer application.

    2. The EPROM data is then “Programmed” (i.e., written) onto the chip.

    Starting Up

    These instructions assume you are making EPROMs for an HSQ 2504 RTU. This RTU uses a 27C256 type EPROM.

    Different manufacturers may add letters or numbers before or after the 27C256 designation. For example, Texas

    Instruments (TI) chips may be marked TMS27C256JL. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) chips may be marked

    AM27C256-150. Other manufacturers use different naming variations, but the 27C256 part of the name is what

    matters. These 27C256 chips are all compatible for reading data from the chip, so they can all be used in a 2504

    RTU. However, different manufacturers use different methods to program data onto the chip. So when

    preparing to program an EPROM, select the device type based on the manufacturer and part number of the

    blank EPROM you intend to program.

    1. Right-click and open the MiniPro icon on the Desktop. The MiniPro main window should appear. The

    bottom toolbar of the window will display: “Hardware Interface Ver: No Device”. This shows when there

    is no programming module is connected.

    2. Plug the USB cable into the MiniPro and a USB port on the computer. The yellow Run LED on the

    programmer will flash until the program finds the programming module. The bottom toolbar of the

    window will display: “Hardware Interface Ver: TL866CS Vnnn” (where nnn is the firmware version of the

    module, for example V03.2.72).

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    3. Most commands are available on the top menu bar. The most commonly used commands are:

    a. File(F) — This allows EPROM data to be read from, or saved to, files on the computer. (This will

    be covered in more detail later.)

    b. Select IC(S) — Clicking this will open a list of EPROM manufacturers and EPROM types.

    c. Device(D) — This drop-down menu displays EPROM commands (Blank-check, Read, Program,

    and Verify).

    4. Near the top of the window is a box called “IC Information”. It may say:

    Chip Type EEPROM

    NOTE: This is harmless typo, it should say EPROM.

    Selecting the EPROM Type

    1. Click [Select IC] on the menu bar and then select “Search and Select IC(S)”. Clicking this box will open a

    list of EPROM manufacturers. Most 2504 RTU EPROMS are made by AMD, ST, TI, or Intel.

    2. In the left column, under “Manufactory”, scroll down to and click the manufacturer of the blank EPROM.

    3. In the right column, under “Device”, scroll down to and click the type of the blank EPROM you are

    copying to. Chips for the HSQ 2504 RTU are some variation of “27C256”.

    The most likely chips to be shown in the list are:

    AMD AM27C256 @DIP28

    ST M27C256B @DIP28

    TI TMS27C256 @DIP28

    Intel 27C256 @DIP28

    Some device types may have additional letters or numbers at the end (e.g., TMS27C256JL or AM27C256-15),

    these can be ignored.

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    DIP28 refers to the rectangular 28-pin EPROM used in the 2504 RTU. Other type codes will not work with the

    2504 RTU EPROMs.

    1. From the Menu bar of the window click [Select IC(S)]. This shows the currently selected EPROM type.

    The arrow next to the box displays the most recently selected EPROM types. This can be a shortcut for

    selecting the EPROM type.

    2. In the lower left of the window is an “Options” box. In it there is a checkbox called “Check ID”. Make

    sure this box is unchecked. You will have to repeat this if you select a different EPROM type.

    3. The EPROM programmer has a forty-pin Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) socket. Begin with the latching lever

    sticking up vertically. Make sure the pins of the EPROM chip are straight. Insert the chip into the socket

    and lock it in place by pressing the latching lever down.

    4. For any operation on an EPROM, the screen will display a command window showing the correct

    position of the chip in the socket.

    NOTE: Chips smaller than forty pins should be positioned at the top end of the socket with the notch at the

    top. (The USB cable connects to the bottom end of the programmer.)

    Copying an EPROM

    To make a copy of an existing EPROM:

    1. When reading data from the chip you want to make a copy of, the device type (27C256) is important but

    the manufacturer is not.

    2. Click [Device(D)] on the menu bar and then click [Read...(R)]. The Chip Read window shows the correct

    position of the EPROM in the 40-pin socket.

    3. Insert the EPROM you want to make a copy of into the socket and latch it.

    4. Click [Read]. If you see an ID Error message, click [Cancel] to return to the main window and uncheck

    the “Check ID” box in the lower left. Repeat the above steps.

    5. When the data is read correctly, click [Cancel].

    6. Unlatch and remove the EPROM.

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    7. Click [Device] on the menu bar.

    8. Click [Blank Check]. The Chip Blank window shows the correct position of the EPROM in the 40-pin

    socket.

    9. Insert a blank EPROM into the socket and latch it.

    10. Click [Blank]. The message should say the chip is blank.

    If the message says “Not Empty” the EPROM is not blank. Try another.

    11. Click [Cancel] to return to the main window.

    12. .With a blank EPROM in the socket, click [Device] and then click [Program]. The Chip window shows the

    correct position of the EPROM in the 40-pin socket.

    13. Click [Program]. After a short time the message should say “Programming successful”.

    14. Click [Cancel].

    Programming includes verifying that the data is correct. If you wish to verify again, click [Device], [Verify],

    [Verify]. The message should say “Verify Result: Successful”.

    If an EPROM becomes programmed with bad data, it must be erased and reprogrammed. EPROMs have a

    circular window in the middle of the chip. The only way to erase the data is to use an EPROM erase light to shine

    ultraviolet light through