Seeking emulator advice

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My JTAGICE mkII was behaving flakey due, I think, to the ribbon cable connection to the target connector (the emulator seemed to stabilize if I wiggled this end of the ribbon cable). Finally, though, it stopped altogether, with none of its LEDs lighting up (I confirmed power to the target connector, but can't easily trace it farther back than that). I've re-seated the ribbon cable at both ends into its little surface mount connector, but no luck.

So, I'm faced with

1. Trying to get this one repaired (is that even possible?).
2. Buying a new one.
3. Buying a JTAGICE 3 (2/3 the price of the mkII).
4. Buying an AVR ONE!, on sale for the same $199 as the JTAGICE 3.

I'm strictly 8-bit for the foreseeable future, so I don't think I would benefit from most of the distinguishing features of the AVR ONE! My current boards are Xmega with 6-pin .1" headers for PDI.

Advice?

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Why not look a little closer and see if you can repair the one you have?

Also, where are you located? Maybe there is a freak nearby that could help you out.

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I'm in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, if anybody's interested. As for looking closer, I'm at a loss for where to look, so if someone has some ideas, let me know. I know this ribbon cable and its connectors are a weakness that's been cited by many, so I just figured my number's up.

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Unsolder the connector for the cable from the board and see if the JTAG lights up as a start.

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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Which board, target connector or ICE pod?

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At the emulator board itself. takes everything out of the equation but the jtag unit

I would rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed - Fortune Cookie

 

"The critical shortage here is not stuff, but time." - Johan Ekdahl

 

"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

 

"If you want a career with a known path - become an undertaker. Dead people don't sue!" - Kartman

"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

 

Speak sweetly. It makes your words easier to digest when at a later date you have to eat them ;-)  - Source Unknown

Please Read: Code-of-Conduct

Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB, RSLogix user

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3. Buying a JTAGICE 3 (2/3 the price of the mkII).
That's only an otpion if you are unsing AS5 or AS6, not working with AS4.

John Samperi

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https://www.ampertronics.com.au

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