If your connected PC is in front of you and you found the PIC list, how much
more local could you want? 2000 + folks right there in the same room with
I ask stupid questions all the time, & I haven't been asked to leave yet..go
"Dearly loving" to find someone any closer is bound to raise a few
(I see what you mean Russell - it's my turn now:)...Maybe I just should have
suggested that larry should call his local m'chip rep!!!)
> Would dearly love to find someone in the No. Va. area, who could (and
> would) just "get me off the ground" with PSP and MPLAB.
> a very new newbie....
Chris Loiacono wrote:
><snip>....> Besides, "Dearly loving" to find someone any closer is bound to raise a few eyebrows....
Argh! Ummm.. ok, ok... A bad choice of words here. :-))
Well, I suppose I could call M/c and/or post a zillion dumb questions
here. And I may still do it anyway. But I suspect most would tire of
But, if I could find a local PIC hobbyist, I could cover a LOT in half
a day. I'd even buy them lunch at the local Hooters, too.
But, I'll post this one here anyway. Remember, I'm a very new
When I use PSP to create and .asm file (sans mistakes) from blink.bas,
I am unable to "make" the hex file in MPLAB(5.70.40); i.e. way too many
errors. I am using the correct inc file (16f874). I would have thought
that the whole thing would have run a lot more smoother that it did.
> (I see what you mean Russell - it's my turn now:)...Maybe I just should have suggested that larry should call his local m'chip rep!!!)
The whole main list of benefits behind virtual communities like this one, is
that all the wasted time formerly used for travel and shaking hands, etc.
etc.. is greatly reduced, If not eliminated. As un-European as that sounds,
it seems many Euro-Folks become the first to take advantage of this. One
person can share some of what they know and all of what they don't. WIth a
'multitude of counselors', it would seem there's always someone out there to
catch an error or a fault that may have gotten past 100 others. The on-line
method is superior, it just needs to be learned - The technique, etiquette,
interepretation, etc is unique when new.
Nobody here will get upset at what may seem like stupid questions - unless
it becomes obvious that the poster has not done his/her homework first.
Beyond just trying to make something work, research via Google searches,
data sheet and instruction multiple re-reads and buy, borrow and read books
on the subject when needed. If there's really nothing to be found, mention
this early in your post and you'll get much more help.
While this is the PIC list - it seems that while some here use the PICBASIC
compilers, it is not the language of choice. There is a smaller PICBASIC
list where everyone will be familiar with questions regarding these
compilers and their operation. So as to not sound any more unfriendly:
I have used PBP a few times, and am not an expert, but I'll
It sounds like you have a PICStart Plus programmer (PSP), correct? (Or did
you mean PBP compiler?) Since you are talking about a *.bas file, you are
likely using PICBASIC, PBplus or PBpro. These compilers have an assembler
packaged with them...uh..PM I believe it is the "PM' compiler. You can also
invoke the MPASM compiler. I have used both successfully, but it was a bit
perplexing at first.
There were some issues with MPASM that you may not want to get into yet.
There are some things you can't do with the PM compiler (search the archives
for recent postings on this) but for what you are trying to do the P
compiler will do.
BE sure that the text file you create is raw - no formatting, etc. I had to
chsnge the file extension manually when writing outside of an IDE in wordpad
or notepad. The freebie editors will get a beginner all screwed up, so try
plain ASCII text & PM, then you should be able to go straight to the PSP,
set fuses, etc & go. I think the manual says this in the section labeled
"Your First Program".