We have a model of machine using a PIC17C766-16/L. Recently the chips have been going corrupt and replacements from the machine manufacturer are not available. We have been informed that the program is not protected. What hardware is required to read this chip so that I can send the program to MicrochipDirect and have them program 30-50 replacements to keep us covered for the next 10-15years, or replace it with something comparable.
The minimum cost specific hardware required to read a PIC17C766-16/L is:
PICSTART PLUS with the AC164027 programming adapter.
Both of these are current available on ebay.
The next in cost would be:
Microchip PRO MATE II with the AC174012 programming adapter.
The PRO MATE II seems readily available on ebay but the AC174012 appears unfindable.
The most costly is:
Microchip PM3 with the AC164318 programming adapter.
The PM3 and AC164318 are still a current products but the AC164318 seems to have a long lead time.
The software you must use to read the part with a PICSTART PLUS is MPLAB v8.92. MPLABX cannot do this.
I believe that the PRO MATE II and PM3 can read devices using the operator buttons but they also can work with MPLAB.
If all you need are copies then Microchip should be able to read the parts for you.
post edited by dan1138 - 2017/10/15 11:36:25