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'[PIC] Looking for programmer that works with USB o'
David de Regt
I'd like to spend as little money as possible, but it seems this olimex
serial ICSP programmer isn't cutting it. For whatever reason, it seems
COMPLETELY unable to burn this new batch of 25 PIC16F88s. Everyone's
answer to that problem was "your programmer sucks," so I'm looking for a
I need something that can:
1. Burn PIC16F88s, preferably quickly
2. Work off either USB or a USB serial port. The serial ports on my
desktop refuse to function under windows xp, so I'm reduced to using a
USB serial port. It seems to work better than most USB serial ports -
everything that says "doesn't work with USB serial ports" works fine
with it, so I suspect it's part of a new breed of properly-made USB
I don't much care about ICSP, because I can just burn the chip and drop
it into the boards I make, and then code it via the bootloader when I'm
devving. I just need something that can burn the bootloaders into the
PIC for the first burn.
So, with that in mind - what do people suggest? Someone suggested the
EasyProg, but that's 100$. I'm willing to pay 100$ if I have to, but
I'm just hoping there's something cheaper and simpler, since I just need
something that'll work. However, I definitely want something that WILL
work. I don't really want to spend a week ordering parts to put
together another JDM programmer from scratch and have something else
that isn't going to work. I've already lost days of work from this not
working, and I don't really want that to happen again. I bought the
25-pack of PICs so I wouldn't have any dev downtime. :-)
Any comments much appreciated, thanks!
David de Regt wrote:
> So, with that in mind - what do people suggest? Someone suggested the
> EasyProg, but that's 100$.
It's only $60 for the complete kit. If you've got a well stocked parts
supply, then you can get away with $14 for just the bare board.
I don't know if you followed the recent thread about the EasyProg and a USB
to serial adapter. At least the Prolific chip set seems to work but you
have to get the latest driver from the Prolific web site.
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Wouter van Ooijen
> I'd like to spend as little money as possible, but it seems
> this olimex serial ICSP programmer isn't cutting it. For whatever
> reason, it seems
> COMPLETELY unable to burn this new batch of 25 PIC16F88s. Everyone's
> answer to that problem was "your programmer sucks," so I'm
> looking for a new programmer.
Program 1 16F628(A) and build yourself a Wisp628. Or an EasyProg. If you
realy want to spend 'as little money as possible' you probably won't buy
a kit, but otherwise that (kit) would be the advice. Forget all
For an intelligent programmer the success with and usb-serial converter
seems to depend more on the combination pc/os/hardware/driver than on
the specific programmer/pc software.
Wouter van Ooijen
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