You read about the previous 2 posts about my DATA IO CHIPLAB DIP-48 programmer, now it’s time for a hands on.
I installed the software that came with it on a 3,5″ floppydisk.
Target machine was an old Toshiba 1910 laptop, running a 486 CPU @ 33MHz and os-es are DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11.
After I installed the software, I rebooted the pc (which was stated in the programmer’s manual to do after the installation was finished) and started the software.
The thing tried contacting the programmer and succeeded doing that.
After that it did a self-teston my the programmer, and all tests ended with a PASS on screen!!
so after the tests I ran through the menu’s and in the DEVICE menu, I saw a SELECT DEVICE option.
I selected that option, which resulted in a popup box where I could select what rom I wanted to read/write.
I grabbed a 2732A eprom from my box, selected that in the software and put the eprom in my programmer the way it was stated in the manual.
then I went back to the DEVICE menu and selected READ DEVICE.
the programmer made a little “clicking” sound and started reading my rom…. it is actually working !!
After reading the eprom (contained my own colecovision game, was put on there by a friend of mine..thanks Gertk ) I saved the content to a absolute binary file and transfered it to my desktop pc.
I loaded up the binary in a colecovision emulator and it actually booted!!
Next step was to burn something on an eprom.
I found an empty 27c256 eprom (verified that by doing the BLANK CHECK in the DEVICE menu) and tried burning it.
I had read another 27c256 eprom, which GertK burned for me, containing a multi-kernel for my Commodore C64c.
After reading tat rom and saving the absolute binary, I tried burning that to the empty eprom….it worked. CRC check was the same as the pre-burned eprom, so it should work.
I did all this last Thursday evening and after doing that I decided to go to bed.
Today I wanted to check the UV eraser, and I did.
I grabbed my box of eproms I had, read all of them in my programmer, nothing special there….
So I hooked up my UV eraser and wiped all of them.
The UV eraser is one the previous owner had build himself, but I must say hey did a good job, cause it works like a charm.
I have a bunch blank 27C256, 2 27C512, 1 27C010 and a couple of 2732 and 2764′s now
But I wasn’t satisfied yet.
I had a couple of old PC bios eeproms which according to a website were supported by my programmer, but I couldn’t find them in the Chiplab software….
The same website that stated they were compatible contained a later version of the software in floppy image format (I ran 1.50, the website contained version 2.60), so I downloaded that and put it on floppies…..it was the windows version of the software.
So I started up windows 3.11 and installed the software.
First boot of the software ran a configuration, did the same selftest and there I was.
Same menu’s, same options, but…..looking at the SELECT DEVICE menu, I saw a whole bunch of new chips which I didn’t see in the 1.50 version.
PAL chips, GAL chips, PLD’s PIC Micro’s and…. my EEPROMS!!!
I selected one of those eeproms, put the one I selected in the programmer and read it. THAT WORKED!!
After reading it, I erased it and took the other eeprom and did the same…
I now have a “CHIPLAB” (as the device states) and am ready to do some repro/devcart stuff with it
p.s. writing this post reminds me I still have one 27C256 eprom to erase….the multi-kernel rom I burned as a test.
something to do in the morning.