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12-29-2004, 12:51 AM
Hello there,

Im so glad I found this site.. Ah an Indian perspective of things! :D

I am wondering which programmer you people use to program the PICs uC? I mean did you guys build it yourself or buy it. Can you point out the design if you did indeed build one.. coz I did find some designs on the net but wasnt sure if i would find all the parts.. Is it better to buy or build.. I sure would love to find out how much you guys paid for a commercial pic programmer..

Any idea if there are any USB programmers in the Indian market esp Hyderabad? because I got a Mac.. So no parallel/serial ports :( I have to run to a PC friend everytime I program.. heh

Thanks for the help! and sorry for the ignorance.. Im quite a newbie..

12-29-2004, 02:40 PM
There are plenty of schematic on the web, but all are either serial or parallel! So far I never came across any home built usb programmer, so I think you have to buy one ;-(.

12-29-2004, 09:51 PM
hmmm...don't know if an1 sells USB programmers in India..
Most of us normally make our own..since its easy dealing with the serial parallel ports..
Think you mayhave to order it from abroad


12-30-2004, 02:03 AM
Thanks for all the replys..

Guess I have to bite the bullet and buy a USB programmer.. After a lot of searching I did find an Microchip PICKit Flash starter kit for Rs 3000 (woohoo!) at http://www.icsemiconductors.com/. Very expensive for me :( but its a microchip official one.. Hope i find It in Hyderabad..

An another route is to dust off my very old 386.. Can you guys point out a circuit that you used to build a serial / parallel prog.

Thanks.. this site is such a help :D

12-30-2004, 11:53 AM
Have a look at:

12-30-2004, 03:27 PM
can u use USB => Serial convertor .. cost around rs 400 / piece .

12-30-2004, 04:50 PM
Oh wow.. thats a kickass idea vikas.!
I didnt think of that :lol: thats a very cheap option for me! better than blowing 3000 :roll: and I cant stand to lose os X!

Ahh! guess i can build a serial programmer (thx jack!) and use the converter.. phew!

thanks a lot for all the help...! I just hope that i can be of any help to you ppl..

01-02-2005, 10:21 AM
Hi Vikas,

Your idea is perfect one, but I’m afraid will it work? ICProgPIC ( though I’m not sure) don’t support USB port. Did anyone tried it, I’m curious!!

01-02-2005, 02:19 PM
when you use a USB - > Serial ( commercial ones ) . The a new serial port is added to the pc ( COM3 .. COM 4 ) So USB Does not make a diffrence . BTW I have done this to control SErvo motors on my robot . ( the USB convertor is just for the conversion it does not make one bit diffrence and its like using ordinary com ports :) .

01-02-2005, 09:56 PM
Ah, thanks for clarification, I thought as if it is complete hardware stuff.

03-10-2005, 05:01 PM
USB PIC programmer(with schematic and pcb diag)

03-11-2005, 06:27 PM
the best one with less cost is

05-16-2005, 01:01 AM
Found a PIC/8051 Programmer on Ebay.

Hope this helps.


05-17-2005, 03:38 AM
hey guys....

i was trying to make this programmer ....by yogi
and this is all i am getting without getting the sucessful output...:-----
1>green and red led's are glowing
2>RB7 nad RB6 ar low
3>acknowledge turns high when power is removed

but still not getting the output.
anyone can possibly figure out the problem?????

05-17-2005, 05:50 PM
Hi mexx,

Most of the times such things happen due to wrong connection, so all I can say is go through your connections thoroughly once again.

Good luck