Buying used equipment doesn’t always have to be a shot in the dark. You can either stick the header direct in the breadboard and jumper from it to the PIC or solder wires to the short side of its pins. Some are exact ripoffs, others simplify the circuit to save cost. M Yes, it looked like it might be a reasonably good deal – if you have another programmer handy in case it bricks itself in classic PICkit 3 fashion! If it’s a clone, it MAY work, depending upon your application.

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I’d like a slightly more thorough test if possible. Posting images, links and code – workaround for restrictions. I do appreciate your knowledge though!

Microchip PICSTART Plus Development Programmer

Looking at it alongside other models, it is fairly clearly a clone, but as I mentioned earlier, it is clearly described as Microchip Not such a daft idea then. I guess it would’ve made all the difference if the guy would’ve sent me the proper revision. Supposedly its a PicStart Plus. This is probably another silly question, but is there a table somewhere showing which PICs this thing can actually programme?

Links to useful PIC information: That picstxrt get you going. What did you get? Please contact one of our Customer Support Specialists if you have any questions about what is included picstarf this equipment or if you require any additional information.


If it had the correct firmware it should have worked with microbrn. Please feel free to contact us at sales artisantg. Why release the information? Parts and accessories pocstart obsolete products generally cost an arm and a leg if the OEM still supplies them due to the long-term inventory and storage costs.

The board would need some serious hacking to isolate the programming pins.

PicStart Plus programmer confusion | Microchip

I’m real eager to finish this project and don’t want to have to wait another week for a different programmer if I can somehow get this one picstat. Forum Themes Elegant Mobile. M Super Member Total Posts: A Guy on the Net. And is there a reason why the upgrade kit still costs so much? Why does my PIC32 run slower than expected?

The guy who sold it to me wasn’t able to provide any software because “he couldn’t find it,” so I got software from other vendors selling an item with the same picture. I tried using WinPic with the different drivers, which didn’t work.

PicStart Plus programmer confusion

Awesome – the scripting tool sees it. User Control Panel Log out.


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I’d bet a proportion of the high price covers supporting idiots who FUBAR the pins while attempting to fit it. microchop

Yes, I can see that, but the upgrade kit is hardly a complex thing; once the programmer has been superseded by a newer model, why not release the information so that folk can build their own upgrade? I have already ordered one, but it never occurred to me that it might not be genuine.

I’m definitely giving that a shot as soon as I program this 16F88! Buying used equipment doesn’t always have to be a shot in the dark.

Meanwhile simply make up a lead 4″ long with a 6 way 0.