AnsweredHot!MPLAB Xpress on OS X

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jverne
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2016/02/23 16:45:57 (permalink)
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MPLAB Xpress on OS X

It looks like MPLAB Xpress with the Evaluation Board doesn't work on Mac OS X. The board is mounted read-only, so .hex files cannot be copied to it.
 
The USB Bridge tool can see the eval board, but this doesn't change what happens when you build and download the target file.
 
Can anyone confirm this?
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/02/29 16:34:11 (permalink) ☼ Best Answerby mamun 2016/03/23 10:20:52
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Hi,
 
I could not reproduce the issue you are having. So far I have seen the Xpress board works on every single Mac OS X version including the latest El Capitan.
 
I sent you a private message with my contact information for further help, if you are still having issues. Please let me know.... :)
 
Thanks,
Mamun
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/03/01 02:59:46 (permalink)
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If it's anything like it is on Ubuntu you can copy the files in a terminal.
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/08/02 13:08:43 (permalink)
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Did you resolve this issue? I have exactly the same problem on one of my Macs, yet the same board works OK on another Mac with the same OS version. Very mysterious.
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/08/03 11:25:20 (permalink)
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Does your Xpress board show up as Read Only?
 
I have tried to reproduce this problem multiple times, but could not. But one time I found if the USB cable is bad, it showed up as read only.
 
Just as a reminder you don't need to use USB Bridge tool to program the Xpress board.
 
 
Thanks :)
 
 
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/08/04 00:20:56 (permalink)
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mamun
Does your Xpress board show up as Read Only?

 
yes
 
mamun
I have tried to reproduce this problem multiple times, but could not. But one time I found if the USB cable is bad, it showed up as read only.

 
the exact same board and cable work OK on another Mac. It is very mysterious...
 
mamun
Just as a reminder you don't need to use USB Bridge tool to program the Xpress board.

 
No, but I need to connect to the board...
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/08/04 10:29:00 (permalink)
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Yes it is very mysterious! I will talk to the Xpress designer team to see if they can reproduce and help with this issue. Could you tell me which MACs and which OS you are using?
 
Lot of people think they need to use the Bridge tool for the Xpress board, that's why I mentioned it.
 
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2016/08/04 11:51:49 (permalink)
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Thanks!
 
Both Macs are running 10.11.6, the latest version of the OS.
 
The one on which it works is a MacBook Air, a couple of years old. 
 
The one on which its doesn't work is a Mac Pro from 2008.
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2017/02/12 10:44:31 (permalink)
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Hi,
 
I do have the same kind of problems than jverne and ralphrmartin :
- Xpress board was not showing up. That was due to some faulty cable caracteristics (working fine to charge an Android device, bad as a cable for Xpress board). Trying different cables has solved the problem, as well as MPLAB USB bridge malfunction on XPress board, as well as on Curiosity board.
- Using the right cable, I have now XPRESS showing on the list. However, it is on "Read only" status and I'm unable to write anything on it.
- As I have WIN on the same Mac, with Parallels running as VM, I have been able to write on XPress board from the Windows environnement. It worked then as expected. However it is rather tedious to have to switch from one environnement just for that purpose.
- On the Mac side, I have tried to change the "read only" status of the board, but I have no options available. XPRESS board file system shows different "formats" depending from where you ask, mainly shown as "FAT12".
- It looks like I'am having some USB hardware/OSXdriver pb on my Mac.
 
My question is : as I do not want to ruin the board, do I have an option to try to "reformat" Xpress board to FAT32, provided OSX will allow me to do that ?
 
I am working on a Mac Pro 15" 2009 running 10.11.6 El Capitan and WinXP running on Parallels Virtual Machine.
 
Thank you in advance, if you can help.
 
Cheers.
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Re: MPLAB Xpress on OS X 2017/02/14 14:52:10 (permalink)
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I already thought o doing this. You cannot reformat the board - it is a read only device!
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