After my last Fake in China post, I continued to work on the 2716 EPROM burning. I ordered a second batch of 2716's from a different source. The new series looks more promising:
Same chip size, two different date code. I think this is still a chinese copy, but may works.
Also, I've a different issue here, what I just barely realized last time.
The TL866II programmer what I use, doesn't support the 21V Vpp printed on the top of the case. Even, according to the original ST documentation, it should be 25V. The programmer only support 18V. It is not enough, even the chips would be genuine.
I found a solution in a forum: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/program-21v-25v-roms-in-lower-voltage-programmers
This is great, just I don't like it.
This is a hack solution to me. I want to have a proper adapter, I'd like to see the pin detect function still works, I want to use a regular wall wart adapter instead of a lab supply, I want to have the 21V/25V programming voltage switchable, I want to protect my TL866II from faulty chips.
I asked a question on a forum, how the pin detect function of the programmer works. On the side I had a cloudy idea in my head:
What if: I just connect the original programmer pint to the chip through a diode, while clamp the programmer side to the ground with a high value resistor. In addition use one n-channel mosfet, with a zener to detect if the voltage from the programer is more than - let say - 12V. With this n-channel mosfet pull to the ground a p-channel mosfet's gate connected to the external programming voltage and the chip's Vpp.
On the side of why even you need those chips, why you not build another programmer from scratch like answers I got to relevant:
The schematics of the TL866II:
And a kind of solution from a german site:
This later link contains a schematic, what is exactly the same what I have in my mind except it was realized with bipolar transistors instead of mosfets
Károly Molnár, István Sümegi - Thank you for the links.
So the project starts here. The real programming in this case can wait.
In addition to the mentioned circuit I plan to add a boost converter with switchable output (21V/25V from a 12V input), plus a zener and a resistor for every pin to protect the programmer.
This is how my abandoned projects are come into existence. :-D
The design will be available here when it is ready for this: