Eprom Programmer?

mainman

CPS2 Person.,
Its a nice beginners setup but it's always best to get a programmer that supports 48 pins natively to future proof as your about to drop $160 on the GQ-4X and a 48 pin programmer would cost you the same if not just $20 more. In other words do it right the first time. The eraser they are throwing in isn't much of a incentive as it will only house around 6 chips or less at a time.

The GQ-4X seems to lack a TTL logic checker feature, also the device list doesn't include the commonly used GAL16V8D

You can get a top3000 with 64bit support and native 48 pin support for the same price.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-TOP3000...214?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415086a776

This eraser might be a little more than you are willing to pay but believe me it is a investment that will quickly pay for itself by saving you a crap load of time when you are batch erasing chips
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BK-Precisio...476?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43c69726d4
 
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Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
I still have my TOP2049 and it works great for 98% of the arcade stuff I throw at it. I'd get the TOP3000 over that GQ-4X honestly but it all depends on how much you are going to get into it.
 

mainman

CPS2 Person.,
I still have my TOP2049 and it works great for 98% of the arcade stuff I throw at it. I'd get the TOP3000 over that GQ-4X honestly but it all depends on how much you are going to get into it.

Yeap we both have the 2049, it is a great burner and it works for 98% of my project. It can still be bought and just ignore the disclaimers about the issue with the 27C line of chip as this problem has been 98% fixed for 4 years. The only issue I have is burning a certain brand of 27c4002 chips. THE BIG draw back is lack of 64 bit support.

http://aidetek.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=A&Product_Code=TOP2049&Category_Code=TOP
 

Tyranix95

Giga Shock!!
Its a nice beginners setup but it's always best to get a programmer that supports 48 pins natively ...

This. This. This. ^^^

And if you don't want to spend a fortune ($500+), then check the supported device list and make sure it programs the 27c series of chips if you plan on doing any NEO or Capcom stuff. Some of the newer, modern, entry-level programmers are dropping support for the legacy devices like the 27c322, which is necessary.

Also, make sure your program can support Pic & Gal chips. These will be very useful later on as your programming needs expand.
 
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GohanX

Hollywood Hulk Gohan
Something that caught my eye in that thread... ALWAYS use an external a.c. adapter with that GQ4X, I don't care what tech support says.
 

mainman

CPS2 Person.,
Something that caught my eye in that thread... ALWAYS use an external a.c. adapter with that GQ4X, I don't care what tech support says.

This is not a issue with the top programmer as I have NEVER had to use the included AC adapter in the 4 years I have owned it.
 

smkdan

Galford's Armourer
I can vouch for the TOP3000 too. 16bit EPROM support out of the box with no needed adapters is great. No problems with the stock PSU either. Up until now I used the 32bit software in WinXP Mode but I just tried the new 64bit software and it seems to work fine natively.
 

hungar

Bashful Neophyte
This thread is just what I needed. I recently bought one of the cheap usb miniPro TL866 programmers and it doesn't natively support 27c400 which is very annoying. I don't suppose anyone knows if it can? Otherwise I think I'll cut my losses and go for a TOP3000.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
This is not a issue with the top programmer as I have NEVER had to use the included AC adapter in the 4 years I have owned it.

Seriously? Damn, from day one I've always had the PSU plugged in. Never tried without it. Been like 4-5 years now.
 

channelmaniac

Mr Neo Fix-it
http://www.eetools.com

You get what you pay for.

I can program 2716 through 27C322, fuse link PROMs, GAL/PAL/PEEL/PLA logic, Flash, serial and parallel EEPROMs, EAROMs, and more with my TopMax.

I'll be selling one for $245 + shipping if someone wants one. That's what I'll get for trading it in towards a TopMax 2 which I'll be doing in a week when I get home from Melbourne, Australia.
 

mainman

CPS2 Person.,
Seriously? Damn, from day one I've always had the PSU plugged in. Never tried without it. Been like 4-5 years now.

Yeap never used the AC adapter. As a matter of fact this is a killer mobile setup with my samsung Q1 as I can program anywhere

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As for the eetools programmers, the equivalent eetools programmer models Topmax2 and Chipmax2 cost $800 and $550 respectively which is going to be well outside of 99% of everyone budget including me. The game killer for the eetool programmers is that their proprietary adapters for instance a dip to tsop adapter cost from $130 to hundreds more compared to the $25 you would pay for the same adapter for the top3000

The top3000 is a excellent hobbyist programmer that will handle all the chips you will come across in arcade equipment used from 89 onward including gal,flash, EEPROMs and etc. I will be upgrading to the 3000 soon as I recently discovered my 2049 will not program 89c51rc2 MCU correctly in addition to the fact I need a programmer with 64 bit support. BTW the 89c51rc2 I need to program is part of a advance non arcade related project and the actual part itself has only been on the market for a few years. My trusting 2049 will become my axillary programmer.
 
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channelmaniac

Mr Neo Fix-it
I use the cheap generic adapters and they work well. Not sure where you got the idea that the cheap adapters wouldn't work with them.
 
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