How To Build Hardware Downloader For PIC?

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  1. nurul mia

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    Hye everyone..

    I've learnt basic things for beginners like how to show words in 2x16 lcd display, LED glows, and switches... And i wanna have my own hardware programmer.. Can anyone please show/tell me how to do it? Please help me? Your reply mean alot to me.. Thnx in advance :)
     
  2. John P

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    To run off what input?
     
  3. ErnieM

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    Do NOT try to build a programmer.

    Do go out and buy a PICkit.

    Do NOT buy a clone. Get one made by Microchip.

    I would suggest to get version III. Version II works very well but not with the newest devices.
     
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  4. nurul mia

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    To run off every input of my programs.. I use pic16f877a.. I am still new to pic though... Basically i use microc pro as my compiler n download it by using pickit 2 which is hardware downloader.. (please correct me if im wrong)
     
  5. nurul mia

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    Version three same like version two isn't it? Except for the newest device part that u mentioned earlier.... Sorry if im wrong... thnx a lot for ur advices :)
     
  6. MaxHeadRoom

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    I am still using version 2 and so far for all the 16F & 18F I have used it has been OK, I guess if I run into problems I will upgrade then.
    Max.
     
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  7. t06afre

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    @Nurul! For your current PIC it will not have much to say if you have a PICKIT 2 or 3. Your PICKIT 2 may be used to download the hex file created by MicroC. I do not know MicroC much. Are you running it from MPLAB or something else
     
  8. ErnieM

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    Yes they are very similar, though II can do a few things that III can't, like act as a 3 bit logic input; I have never used these other functions so I forget what they are. The III it is a bit more expensive so if you have a small budget the II will server you fine, as long as you stick to the devices it can work with. That's why when starting new I would recommend the III by a slight edge to prevent the day when you need to buy ANOTHER programmer to use the latest chips.

    One of the HUGE advantage of using either PICkit is if you leave the in-circuit programming pins connected you can also use the PICkitto debug your code. It actually monitors the code running inside the PIC and can stop and check variables, even single step thru your program line by line.

    Your questions are great! Keep them coming till you are confident in what you are doing before you buy the wrong thing.
     
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  9. nurul mia

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    I too use pickit 2 because almost all of my friend use it.. But i will try to use pickit 3 though... At least i can explore something new.. :D
     
  10. nurul mia

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    To be honest... I never use MPLAB.. I just use Microc pro to debug my code and Pickit 2 to download my hex file..
     
  11. nurul mia

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    Owhh i see... How do i want to debug my code using pickit? I only knw how to import hex file... Didnt knw bout debug... thats a new thing for me though :D thnx!!
     
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