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Picstart 16B1

I,ve just won an auction for one of these.
The search facility is down on the microchip website, so I can't get any help there at the moment.
Can anyone tell me if this programmer is still supported in MPLAB?
Or will I need to run a (much) earlier version (if so, which one)?
I assume that this older programmer was supported by MPLAB at some point in time.
Also, I,d like to know if there were any firmware upgrades for it (although I wont know its software version until I receive it), and perhaps a list of devices
it is (was) capable of programming.
Also (phew!), I like a wiring diagram of the RS232 cable, as it not coming with one.
Thanks,
Texy
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    RE: Picstart 16B1 2004/02/08 15:20:32 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Texy

    I,ve just won an auction for one of these.
    The search facility is down on the microchip website, so I can't get any help there at the moment.
    Can anyone tell me if this programmer is still supported in MPLAB?
    Or will I need to run a (much) earlier version (if so, which one)?
    I assume that this older programmer was supported by MPLAB at some point in time.
    Also, I,d like to know if there were any firmware upgrades for it (although I wont know its software version until I receive it), and perhaps a list of devices
    it is (was) capable of programming.
    Also (phew!), I like a wiring diagram of the RS232 cable, as it not coming with one.
    Thanks,
    Texy


    Hi Ian,

    You won't find support for it under MPLAB:

    The PICSTART 16B and PICSTART16C PIC programmers were born long before MPLAB, and before MPASM. If my memory serves me well, I'm pretty sure Jim Pepping of Microchip Technology designed both of these nice programmers.

    Both of these programmers had their own DOS based 'GUI' software. Back then the Microchip assembler was called MPALC.

    I believe Microchip has archived the DOS programming software for these programmers on their web site. If you can't find it I have copies of it on my computer.


    The last software/firmware release of the PICSTART-16B1 supported the following devices:

    PIC16C54
    PIC16C54A
    PIC16C55
    PIC16C56
    PIC16C57
    PIC16C58A
    PIC16C61
    PIC16C620
    PIC16C621
    PIC16C622
    PIC16C71
    PIC16C71A
    PIC16C84


    Best regards,

    Ken Pergola
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    RE: Picstart 16B1 2004/02/12 13:33:46 (permalink)
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    Thanks Ken,
    I was able to download the DOS software from Microchip, and the
    232 cable was a straight through type.
    I think I rushed to win this auction, hoping to intergrate it with MPLAB.
    I found that a 3rd party company (Newfound electronics) made a replacement
    firmwire version that will add much more use to this old programmer.
    Don't know yet if I will follow up on that though.
    Regards,
    Texy
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