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regpye

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Just received a K150 pre-built.
When I try to operate it I get the message "Chip configuration file missing or empty"
I have checked the contents of the folder and have chipdata.cid with the microbrn.exe and pro.dat
After the message appears on the screen and after clicking OK the program terminates.


Frank

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Strange???

Was the software supplied with the kit? Where did you buy it?

sunju

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Hi
I recently bought a K150 programmer prebuilt over the Ebay from a Hongkong based Seller. Firstly the drivers and software supplied by the Seller failed to install. I then searched over the Net and found the Prolific USB driver (my K150 uses the PL2303HX chip) from the Prolific site and the "DIYpack25ep" from Kitsrus site. My K150 is now being recognised and starting screen says K150 connected.
When I tried to program my first PIC with it, a 16F676 I got error that Chip not recognised and on continuing got an error "Received data error. About to apply reset". The same errors are repeated when I try to program a PIC16F84A. I am unable to program any PIC with it. Need your help. Thanks 
Frank

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This is not a genuine DIY programmer - it's a copy.

Contact the seller you got it from.
danilovictor

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hello: I have my K150, work fine but when i try changing the safety fuse,it not work ,now does not work, what is the standard configuration? for pic 16F628A with windows xp
danilovictor

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hello: I have my K150, work fine, but when i try changing the safety fuse, now does not work, what is the standard configuration? for pic 16F628A with wind xp send me someone a grafic standar set , fuse grafic seting please, danilovictorfelipe@hotmail.com
Frank

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I don't understand. What do you mean 'safety fuse'?

What version software are you using?

Where did you buy the kit?
abrenault

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Hello sunju,
For not genuine DIY programmers, try this link:
http://www.qsl.net/dl4yhf/winpicpr.html
Best regards

Joe_M

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I am one of the many who bought the K150 with the promise that it  supported Windows 7, and older, but never received any software. The battle isn't over, the guy in China that doesn't respond to email requests for the link to the software is headed for  neutral feedback in another day.
Regardless of not getting the software, I found the Prolific driver to be accepted by the USB, and also Micropro. The problem is this. Even though the USB comes up as a go on Com3, the Micropro can't communicate with it.

The Micropro software is very nice, and it responds in voice. So it tells me that there is a problem communicating with the K150.
Also, as much as I like the Micropro software, it is only listing some of the chips that this programming is suppose to support. I have had this K150 for 4 days now, and I am out of answers. They are sold all over the internet, and ebay, so someone must be getting drivers, or I would have seen a lot of people complaining, instead of a few here and there.

Can anyone help me here?  Joe  KQ4BX

abrenault

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Hi, Joe M
If you had a PL2303XY USB to Serial Bridge Controller,  it' a chinese clone of K150.
(After installing Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.6.0) without the K150 clone NO CONNECTED), plug your clone and check in your Control Panel-Device Manager-Ports (Com & LPT), the number of serial com affected (ex: COM5 in Win7 !!)
Download the last DIYpack25ep-GUI software (microbrn.exe ...not.. micropro, it's older version) (it' works fine with clones!), ignore error messages and set your COM port and your PIC chip in 'Chip Selector' ..at the right place (cf image).
Load the K150 hex file and burn.
(Verify the programming, il must be OK)
It'done !
Good luck...
Joe_M

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Thanks for the help. However, I still get an error when the MicroBurn tries to talk to the K150. I set the proper com port, as I will show you in the attached pictures. Please comment on what you might think is going on. The K150 I have is a few days old, and resembles the newest of the K150's I see coming out of China. Thanks for the link to the software, but the error of the original problem remains.

                 Also, I did not receive any documentation with the board, and I see nothing on it that makes me think it is switch selectable.


                                 Joe

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Joe,

Your K150 is obviously NOT a genuine DIY product. Normally I only offer tech support to genuine DIY customers. However I will make some comments regarding your problems.

1. When installing the original FTDI USB driver, you do so without connecting the kit to the USB port, otherwise Windows installs what it thinks is the correct driver. If you did that then you would need to uninstall/remove the driver before installing the correct version.

Since this clone is not using the FTDI USB interface chip, I don't know what the correct procedure is. But I would try removing any installed driver first before installing the known correct version.

2. There is no need to set any of the COM port settings such as baud rate, etc - Micropro does all that automatically once it detects the COM port.

Frank
Joe_M

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Frank, I'm am sorry to say you are correct. I was new to the PIC programming devices when I went out to look for one, and got duped into thinking they were all the same. Now I know that one person is to credit for the true K150, and many others are copies, of which the original designer gets no credit for. I did get a reply today, and the Ebayer in China is sending the DIY driver along with all the documentation that tells you about how it came into being, and why it won't be upgraded. They say that a new program is in the works, but I feel they may steal that, and claim it as their own when it does. I  had no intention to go through all that drama, and I appreciate the kind replies I received, including yours. I ordered a GQ-4X yesterday to get back on the learning path.  I won't try to get the K150 working from this point forward. I will chalk it up to an $11.50 lesson, but that doesn't include my time.

 

On the learning subject, I am working with a MikroElektronika PIC pro 7 board, and Mikrobasic pro. The board will program PIC's and has a built-in debugger as well, but I wanted a standalone programmer. The Mikrobasic Pro has PicBasic pro whipped in features. It will compile 2k for free, abut needs registration to do more. I got the USB license so I may load the software in as many places as I like, but only use it in one at a time. This is where PicBasic pro shies, it can be installed three times and still be in compliance with the license. Some of the things that push the MikroBasic ahead of the others is the extra tools it has, and all the thought that went into the editing experience.  One feature is the ability to load a BMP, and generate the code to send the picture to your LCD. It has many other features that make it great , as I have no plans for working with BMP files anytime soon.

 

Thanks again.   Joe

 

abrenault

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Hello Joe_M
Your Prolific driver seems a little obsolete. (see attachements)
New version is here: http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/supportDownload.aspx?FileType=56&FileID=133&pcid=85&Page=0
(account & password are 'guest' for visitors only)
I use different programmers and this driver works fine with eBay clones.
Try to mail your eBay seller, it must send you a link to download drivers and software that work with its programmer.
Again good luck, if not sell your clone on eBay !... and buy one genuine Kitrus K150, rates are almost identical

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To All,

Please note that there will be no further development work on the DIY PIC programmers, either hardware or software. The programmers are sold 'as is'.

The programmers work well and support a large range of PICs, especially the more 'popular' types. Some new PICs can be added by users themselves by editing the 'chipinfo/chipdata' file. However users should also be aware of the limitations as explained in the 'readme' file.

I doubt very much whether any eBay seller will be providing 'upgrades' either because their programmers are simply pirated copies of the original DIY product. Some of the more adventurous 'pirates' tinker with the hardware to try and make it look original but they all use the same onboard firmware and Windows software as the originals.

Frank
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