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    Question Help needed with setup & useage of Willem EPROM Programmer V508 version PCB50B

    Hi again all, (EDITED to add "Maybe this thread can be for all to add info on any version of the Programmer")

    well as some of you know I was asked to copy ROMS out of my INFORMER 207/102-V22.. so I have gone and dragged out my what I would call modern hobby marker Programmer.

    Its a Willem Eprom programmer and of course stupidly I did not store the software that came with it, with it.
    Nor did I store the DB25 M to DB25 F Parallel Port Cable with it.

    SIGH.. Earlier in the day I when I got it out I could not make out a version of it, but I felt it was late as I have a lot of surface mount adaptors for it as well.





    Looking at PCB under the 12pin dip switches I see the marking ""prom Programmer V50B""

    and to the left of that near the red led VPP the board is marked PCB50B... so just now I googled that and got the OEM website so I have cut and will past this basic info on this model later in this thread.

    But for now I have a few questions.

    I have an old IBM ThinkPad 240 Type 2609-21M loaded with Windows xp. This unit has a DB25pin Parallel Port Female connector on the back. The Willem has a DB25pn Male Parallel Port connector on it.

    HELP am I correct with the following ????

    Q1 So if i recall correctly the DB25M to DB25F cable was a STRAIGHT Through one, and that should mean I can simply plug the Willem directly into the ThinkPad without need for a cable (As due to Covid-19 we are in a Stage 3 lockdown so I cannot drive the 40min to nearest store that would have one)





    Q2. I see the the latest version of the Willem software is 0.98D12 but no mention as to what OS or version of OS it can run on. So I wonder if it will work on my Thinkpad 240 with Win98

    ((Edited to add as I just found on their website the followingThe newest Willem EPROM Programmer PCB50B Supports Win9X, Me, XP, NT, 2000 and VISTA operating systems & the Updated software Willem EPEOM PCB50a(0.98D12) only works on this PCB50a & PCB50b


    Q3. I also cannot see any mention of what sort of Parallel Printer Port it needs or can work on?
    ie LPT1 or Bi-Tronics or EPP or ECP ... So any input from your own experience would be good

    Q4. can this unit be operated sucessfully on a late model laptop using a USP to Parallel Port adaptor?
    this is something I have never tried.
    Last edited by inotarobot; July 27th, 2020 at 02:04 AM. Reason: added OEM comment on the OS versions their software supports

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    Copied from Sivava.com site this is the info on this Willem EPROM Programmer PCB50B as sold in what they are calling ""Package 7""
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    I highlighted in the body of there description 2 area in Red as its interesting to see what OS and PCB rev the latest version of the Software supports

    Supports Win9X, Me, XP, NT, 2000 and VISTA operating systems
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    [A5] Willem EPROM Programmer PCB50B
    Package 7 : Willem EPROM Programmer PCB50B
    PACKAGE 7 INCLUDES:
    1.) Willem EPROM Programmer PCB50B
    2.) CD Installation Software and Manual
    3.) USB Cable (for power supply)
    4.) Computer cable DB25 (for data communication)
    Description:
    This is the newest Willem EPROM Progrmmaer from the original producer/developer of Willem EPROM Programmer version: PCB3b, PCB3.5, PCB4C, PCB4.5C, PCB50 and software versions:0.98D11, 0.98D10, 0.98D9, 0.98D5 , 0.98D2, 0.97ja, 0.97j, 0.97i+, 0.98i or (0.97i), 0.97h and 0.97g.
    This new hardware version (PCB50) is is more STABLE than all old PCB version and increase supports 3V3-3V6 SPI Flash devices. * SPI flash chips are found on new motherboards, DVD burners, hard drives etc.
    Updated Newest Software Willem EPEOM PCB50a(0.98D12) support the SPI FLASH chips (AMIC, ATMEL, EON, MXIC, Numonyx (ST), P-FLASH, SPANSION, SST, WINBOND, GigaDevice, MicroChip ) more than the all version and improved the models of algorithms focusing on SST 25 series .
    Latest software 0.98D12 improve W39V040, W39V040A; W39V040FA; W39V040BP; W39V040FBP; W39V040FCP; W39V040FCPZ; W39V040FBPZ; W39V080APZ; W39V080AP; W39V080FA; W39V080FAZ Programming to flash, 100% perfect.
    You are buying directly from the manufacturer.
    Applications:
    Refreshing , Upgrading, Programming BIOS chips.
    Copier, Fax machine, Printer main board maintaining or repairing.
    VCD, DVD, Color TV maintaining or repairing.
    Neon Light Controller code writing.
    MCU development - programming for MCS-51 series, AVR series and PIC series MCU.
    Repairing, reading, writing, programming PC motherboard BIOS Chips.
    Upgrade the chip in your cars computer.
    Programming MicroChip PIC Micros.
    Programming ATMEL AVR Micros.
    Hardware & Software Features:
    The newest Willem EPROM PProgrammer PCB50B. It can program up to 20% - 50% faster than old version of Willem EPROM Programmer have Built-in PLCC32 and PLCC Firmware HUB/LPC on-board
    Supported program
    - SPI FLASH chips VCC(3.6V)
    - EPROM, EEPROM, Serial (I2C) EEPROM, Microwire EEPROM, Microchip PIC
    - FLASH Burner (Vpp 12.5V, 21V, 25V), Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
    - Micro controllers MCS-51, MCS-48
    - Test nonvolatile SRAM, static RAM, ATMELand etc.
    Willem EPROM PProgrammer PCB50 and PCB4.5C can support the chip 29/39/49LVxxx (Low Voltage 3.3V).
    Uses the power supply from the USB Port or AC/DC adaptor power
    Note: Higher Vcc voltages (5.6v and 6.2v) will be available when an external AC power supply is used.
    Able unprotect the AM29F040B flash memory chip.
    The back of circuit board is covered by a sheet of perspex and completely protected from a short circuit.
    Supports Win9X, Me, XP, NT, 2000 and VISTA operating systems
    Updated software Willem EPEOM PCB50a(0.98D12) only support The newest Willem EPROM PProgrammer PCB50B

    IMPROVED SUPPORT CHIPS:
    --- AMIC ---
    A25L05P-B, A25L10P-B, A25L20P-B, A25L05P-T, A25L10P-T, A25L20P-T, A25L512, A25L010, A25L020, A25L040, A25L080;, A25L016
    --- ATMEL ---
    AT25F512, AT25F1024, AT25F2048, AT25FS010, AT25FS020, AT25F010, AT25F040, AT25DF021, AT25DF041, AT25DF161, AT25DF321, AT25DF641, AT25D081A
    --- EON ---
    EN25B05, EN25B10, EN25B20, EN25B40, EN25B80, EN25B16, EN25B32, EN25B64, EN25P05, EN25P10, EN25P20, EN25P40, EN25P80, EN25P16, EN25P32, EN25P64, EN25D80, EN25D16, EN25F20, EN25F40, EN25F80, EN25F16, EN25T80
    --- MXIC ---
    MX25L512, MX25L1005, MX25L2005, MX25L4005, MX25L8005, MX25L1605, MX25L3205, MX25L6405
    --- Numonyx (ST) ---
    M25P05, M25P10, M25P20, M25P40, M25P80, M25P16, M25P32, M25P64, M25PE10, M25PE20, M25PE40, M25PE80, M25PX80, M25PX16, M25PX32, M25PX64
    --- P-FLASH ---
    Pm25LV512, Pm25LV010, Pm25LV020, Pm25LV040, Pm25LV080, Pm25LV016
    --- SPANSION ---
    S25FL004A/040A, S25FL008A, S25FL040A-T, S25FL040A-B, S25FL016A, S25FL032A, S25FL064A.S25L128
    --- SST ---
    SST25LF020A, SST25LF040A, SST25LF080A, SST25VF512, SST25VF010, SST25VF020, SST25VF020, SST25VF040, SST25VF020B, SST25VF040B, SST25VF080B, SST25VF016B, SST25VF032B, SST25VF064C
    --- WINBOND ---
    W25P10, W25P20, W25P40, W25P80, W25P16, W25P32, W25X01, W25X02, W25X04, W25X08 , W25X16, W25X32, W25X64 , W25B40A,
    --- GigaDevice ---
    GD25F40, GD25F80, GD25D40, GD25D80, GD25T80
    --- ESMT ---
    F25L004A, F25L008A, F25L016A, F25L032PA, A, , F25L04UA, F25S04PA, F25S08PA, F25S16PA, F25L32QA
    --- MicroChip ---
    25LC(AA)1024
    Can be expanded by adding various adapters (Optional)
    -. PIC + adapter, 16 bit 40pin/42pin Adapter, PLCC32, PLCC44
    -. ATMEL AT89/MCS-51, FWH/HUB adapter
    -. TSOP48, TSOP32 Adapter and more.
    Uses the power supply from a USB port or from an optional power supply or plug pack (not supplied)
    Note: Higher Vcc voltages (5.6v and 6.2v) will be available when an external AC power supply is used. The back of circuit board is covered by a sheet of perspex and completely protected from a short circuit.
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    It's been a while, but I used my Willem EPROM Programmer ver 6 with Linux (Debian 8.x - 32 Bit) and I created
    a [HOWTO] that is on the Debian Forum at http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=135301

    Maybe it will help you with your Version 5.


    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldkraemer View Post
    It's been a while, but I used my Willem EPROM Programmer ver 6 with Linux (Debian 8.x - 32 Bit) and I created
    a [HOWTO] that is on the Debian Forum at http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=135301

    Maybe it will help you with your Version 5.


    Larry
    Hi Larry, Thank your for your input. I had a quick look at the link you sent. You certainly did a great job.
    Its given me food for thought and I will go back and refer to it this evening when i can focus more.

    best regards
    David

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    I also have a Willem PCB50B (pictured at [here]).

    When used, it is attached to my XP machine via a straight-through parallel cable.

    The software that I am using is of version 0.98D12a ('V.98D12' on the label of the supplied CD).

    The software creates two icons. I use the 'EPROM50' icon. Related may be that my PCB50B has the two 'PCB45<->PCB3B' jumpers set to the 'PCB45' setting.

    In the XP machine's SETUP, the motherboard's parallel port can be set to either SPP (standard parallel port), or EPP, or ECP. I tried all three settings, and the software worked for all.

    An ISO of the supplied CD, which includes software and manual, is now at [here].

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    hi modem7

    thank you for this valuable input re parallel port setting and cable.

    I got the ISO you put the link to. be helpful if it could be added legally to Bitsavers as well

    will try my unit tomorrow.

    regards
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by inotarobot View Post
    I got the ISO you put the link to. be helpful if it could be added legally to Bitsavers as well
    I'm pretty sure Mr. Bitsavers reads these threads, and so it will be his decision (and action).

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