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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by WhoCares, Oct 21, 2004.

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  1. WhoCares

    WhoCares Guest

    I bought a Superpro LX universal programmer before i new anything
    about programming. I've decided to try a pic16f84a pic to experiment
    with, as it seemed to be popular.

    It came with a program that is used to burn the pics but it only
    accepts source code, I believe. I think what i need is the program
    where i can type in the commands and such. I believe it is written in
    C or something and then converted to source code...right?
  2. I've never heard of your programmer, but anyhow, you generally need a
    ..hex file, which can be produced by an assembler. Download and MPLAB
    from Microchip and install to get started. It's a quick 40M or so

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  3. Rolavine

    Rolavine Guest

    From: Spehro Pefhany
    Spehro gave you good advice. You can use the mplab program to create an
    assembly language program in a provided text editior. This program can also
    simulate the operation of the processor running your program. If your just
    learning then you actually don't need to even burn a chip at all.

    To be able to write in a higher level language you will need a compiler
    program. If you want to program in C you will have to get a C compiler for the
    PIC processors. I can't remember what outfit provides a free small compiler but
    it is for the 16f84 chip so your in luck.

  4. xray

    xray Guest

    From the level of the question in the second paragraph, sounds like a
    basic book on the PICs might be a good idea too. Maybe something like

    Although, the price is a lot higher than I expected. I bought one years
    back, and I'm sure I didn't pay anywhere near that much.
  5. I've heard good things from neophytes about Mike Predko's books, too
    (though the so-called 'El Cheapo' programmer in one of them is 'not
    the best').

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  6. Michael Ward

    Michael Ward Guest

    I suspect the high price is because that title is out of print. The
    new edition is called "Easy Microcontroll'n." I don't see it listed on
    Amazon, which surprises me, but a google search should turn up plenty
    of other places to buy it.

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