Found an EEPROM programmer that works with Linux

David Griffith dgriffi at
Thu Jan 8 22:17:24 CST 2015

I just thought I'd let everyone know, for the record, that I found an 
inexpensive USB-interfaced EEPROM programmer that works with Linux.  This 
is the Model TL866CS which is often sold as "MiniPro Programmer".  These 
can be found on Ebay for around $50.  It feels substantial and solidly 

The software I used to control it can be found at  The software has some nits[1] but it 
does work.  There's a QT-based front-end at  That one has a potential showstopper 
bug in that it does not surround the device name with quotes when calling 
the minipro software.

So, for those of you (like me) who have posted from time to time looking 
for a chipburner that works with Linux, here's a solution.

[1] udev rules aren't installed in the right place.  No option to emit a 
list of supported devices.

David Griffith
dgriffi at

A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
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