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    Default Need a new ROM Programmer.

    Well, it seems my trusty GQ-4X4 has hit the floor too many times and now no longer works. I originally bought it after a disastrous attempt to use a TL866, which bricked itself on the first run of the software. I am planning on getting another GQ-4X4, but I wanted to stop in here and see if anyone else had another suggestion.

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    I've used my TL866II quite extensively without issue

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    Apparently they guy who designed and sold them had issues with counterfeits and put something in the later versions of the software to brick them but I guess there was a problem and it would sometimes brick older legitimate models as well.


    It just goes to show that one should research something before you buy it. Especially considering how expensive even a cheap burner is.

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    The obvious question is what are you trying to program....

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    Mostly BIOS roms, which the 4X4 handled just fine. I was just curious as to what else is out there.

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    My Minipro-TL866 works good so far. It's a bit of work to check all the settings, but after a
    couple of IC's it much easier. I'd recommend it again. What is the part number you were programming?

    Larry

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    If you're programming vintage EPROMs and have a parallel port available on your PC, look for one of the used programmers to save money, or at least one of the Willem parallel-port varieties. You'll save about half the price of a new USB programmer.

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    I have an old thin client dedicated to running my Superpro with parallel interface.

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    I've heard good and bad about the Willem and Minipro programmers and the GQ4x, They all have their pro's and con's, I have the older model GQ4x i bought new back in 2010 and never had a problem with it.

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