PIC 16C57 - yes - a 10 year old project needs modifying - please read

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Hi

First time I've submitted to this group and unfortunately it has to be
to ask some kind soul for some help.

For the last 5 years I have been supporting a 10-year old PIC 16C57
program   by 'tinkering' - i.e by editing the assembler, using MPLAB
and sending the HEX file to the factory for them to test it in the
product  hardware. This has been adequate for the low impact
modifications that have been required.

However, I now have to do a serious modification to this program which
will require *me* to do thorough testing.
I have retrieved my MPSTART-16C  chip programmer from its box (where
it's been for the last 5 years) set it up and connected it to COM1 on
a WIn98 PC using the 9-pin 'D' connector straight through lead
supplied with the kit.
Although MPSTART  appears to successfully connect to the programmer
without any 'squeeks', it will only ever read back all zeroes from any
chip, blank or otherwise. The LED on the programmer *does* light up
while comms are apparently occurring.
The PICSTART manual does not specify the serial baud rate, number of
data bits or parity (but does mention the use of hardware flow
control).

I am hoping that the symptoms are not caused by a dead programmer but
that I simply have the wrong comms configuration.

The last time the programmer was used, it was connected to a real
*DOS* PC but unfortunately I can find no notes about how I got it
working first time round.

So . . please can anybody confirm what the comms configuration should
be?

TIA

pOTRice

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As far as I can remember, it used 9600 8N1
I still have mine around here someplace too. :-)

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Many thanks for your quick reply Tom.
However, that was just the answer I didn't want to hear - that was the
first setting I tried (it was the default in Win98).
Starts to look like it may be the programmer.
A first trawl around the net suggests that the 16C57 really is
unsupported now. (I have no idea where my client actually buys them)
Some of the third parties' programmers specifically exclude it.
I believe I may have access to another MPSTART-16C programmer so may
be able to borrow that.

Thanks again

pOTRice

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Well, I found my Picstart 16B1, and I still have two 16C57-RC/P's and
one 16C57-JW-S1 too.  If you can communicate with the programmer then
you have the settings right.  I just found two floppy disks with what I
think is the software too.

Re: PIC 16C57 - yes - a 10 year old project needs modifying - please read


On Mon, 10 Mar 2008 21:08:26 GMT, pOTRice

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If you get really stuck on this, you could try what I did. I switched
to the PIC16F57 and program my test samples using windowsXP, mplab and
ICD2 with a universal programming module, or perhaps picstart+.

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