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Thread: 16F877 works only when pulldown to ground with resist
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Edmund T wrote

> Subject: [PIC] 16F877 works only when pulldown to ground with resistor
> Hi,
> Do any kind soul have any ideal why my 16F877 work only when I pulldown all un-used port to ground?
> I used a 10k resistors to do that. Both VDD & VSS are connected and Pin 1 to reset. Chip running at 4Mhz.
I presume you don't mean pin 1 is connected to VDD and VSS at the
same time!

I suspect the problem with you having to pull down the unused ports
is you have left them as inputs. A CMOS input can float to any
voltage between Vss and Vdd ( a high impedance). If the voltage is
halfway, the input stage can draw a very high current and upset the
rest of the PIC. Always set unused port pins to outputs.

Mike Bolton   (a 16F877 user with no problems)

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