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PROM or EPROM Programmer
« on: September 21, 2007, 12:00:33 pm »
Does anyone out there have and use one?  I just picked up an MPP-80 S.  It is missing the instruction manual, but does have a quick reference guide.  If anyone can help shed some light on my issue drop me a note.  Thanks in advance for any help given.

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Re: PROM or EPROM Programmer
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007, 08:06:46 pm »
I can't find much information about your model.  Most of the ones designed for "master" programming (not just duplication) hook to a PC in some way.  Usually this is either a dedicated interface board (and these are so old it'll be ISA and unusable on anything made in the past 4-5 years), the parallel port, or sometimes the serial port.  Newer models do feature USB interfaces.  Custom software is required to program them.

I've used the SuperPro series from Xeltek before, and they seem to work well.  Specifically, the SuperPro/280, which is a parallel port model.  There is a SuperPro/280U which has USB and for some reason supports more devices.  It did toast a ROM on me once which SUCKED since I was trying to READ the thing and didn't have another copy, but I think that may have been due to some solder left over from the desoldering process (i.e. my fault).  I've also heard very good things about the Needhams stuff.

Generally, good programmers aren't cheap.  They actually have to do quite a lot, even by modern standards, to support the vast array of devices they support.  If you pick up a good one, it should serve you very well.

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Re: PROM or EPROM Programmer
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007, 11:32:06 pm »
The one I have is from the mid 80's.  It is a self contained unit and does not need a computer to program it. 

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Re: PROM or EPROM Programmer
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007, 01:37:43 am »
So is this one of the ones with a built in monitor/console for entry, or does it lack that?  If it lacks any form of data entry, then it's probably only useful for copying one ROM to another.