PIC Elmer 160

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John McDonough, WB8RCR

Programming Software


We will use the FPP software to control our programmer. FPP is available at http://www.people.man.ac.uk/~mbhstdj/piclinks.html.

The FPP programming software is configurable to work with a large number of programmers. If you are using a serial or parallel port programmer (including the AmQRP PIC-EL board), and your serial or parallel port is at a standard hardware address, then the FPP software should work for you.

If you are using a USB programmer, or a parallel port programmer with a port at a nonstandard address (see "Finding the port address" below), such as a port on a PCI expansion card, then you will need to use the software that came with your programmer.

Windows NT, 2000 and XP

For users of the Windows NT, including Windows 2000 (NT 5.0) and Windows XP (NT 5.1), a special driver is needed to allow access to the hardware ports.

(These links seem to move around a lot, so I have copied them to another server to make them accessible):

directio: http://www.zemanszoo.com/Elmer160/directio.zip

loaddrv: http://www.zemanszoo.com/Elmer160/loaddrv.zip

Finding the port address

To determine whether your serial or parallel port is at a standard address:

  • Right-click on "My Computer"
  • Select "Properties"
  • Windows 9x - Click on the "Device Manager" tab
  • Windows XP - Click on the "Hardware" tab, then the "Device Manager" button
  • Click on the "+" to the left of "Ports (COM and LPT)"
  • Highlight the port you intend to use
  • Right-click on the port and select "Properties"
  • Select the "Resources" tab
  • The "I/O Range" should be one of the following:
    • For serial:
      • 03F8-03FF
      • 02F8-02FF
    • For parallel:
      • 0378-37F
      • 03BC-03BF
      • 0278-027F
  • Click cancel
  • Close the device manager
  • XP only, close the Sysem Properties

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