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rothnic

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I too quickly needed a PIC programmer for a project and found sellers on Ebay with cheap programmers and good reviews.

I had the same issue as the OP. I tried many different versions of the prolific drivers, from their website and ones included with the software packages distributed by some of the sellers. Each time, the K150 was not recognized by microbrn.

Finally, I noticed in one of the Chinese instructions that it says something about 32bit. All of my Windows 7 installs were 64bit, so I tried on 32bit Windows XP and it appears to be working. One issue I have is that it still shows "yyyy" under the protocol, but I'm going to try some different microbrn versions to see if that takes care of it.

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Try using something other than 64bit Windows.
osnel

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Hello Joe
 
I had that same problem with the comunication, when I downloaded and installed the drivers and DIYpack25ep from http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/supportDownload.aspx?FileType=56&FileID=133&pcid=85&Page=0 (drivers) http://www.ozitronics.com/download.html (software), sometimes in the microbrn appears "K150 is connected"
but when disconnected the k150 and reconnected my computer already no recognized it, I checked comunication between computer and k150 board with PL2303CheckChipVersion (software include in "PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.7.0".zip) and it was OK,  I had to reinstall drivers and again not recognize, changing of portCOM and nothing, shutdown PC, reinstall, same problem comunication error, finally I ignored the error message and started to program and work!!, I did some tests (like erase, read, write, modify the fuse) and worked perfectly

Best Regards!


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Hello Joe
 
I had that same problem with the comunication, when I downloaded and installed the drivers and DIYpack25ep from http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/supportDownload.aspx?FileType=56&FileID=133&pcid=85&Page=0 (drivers) http://www.ozitronics.com/download.html (software), sometimes in the microbrn appears "K150 is connected"
but when disconnected the k150 and reconnected my computer already no recognized it, I checked comunication between computer and k150 board with PL2303CheckChipVersion (software include in "PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.7.0".zip) and it was OK,  I had to reinstall drivers and again not recognize, changing of portCOM and nothing, shutdown PC, reinstall, same problem comunication error, finally I ignored the error message and started to program and work!!, I did some tests (like erase, read, write, modify the fuse) and worked perfectly

Best Regards!


I managed to get it working too, but every time I close microbrn.exe, I'm not able to connect to K150 again until I restart computer and reinstall all drivers. It's very annoying.

Why is my K150 not being able to be connected anymore when I close the program? How can I bypass this problem without restarting computer over and over again?
Frank

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Tuppe,

These are NOT genuine DIY programmers. They are a pirated clone. I have no idea why you are having this problem - all I can say is that it does not happen with the genuine DIY programmer.

This forum was set up to help DIY customers. Unfortunately the people who manufacture and sell these pirated copies send their customers to this forum for help even though the product they purchased has nothing to do with DIY. I have left these posts on the forum because at least it gives users who purchased these pirate programmers a chance to help each other.

However I don't want people to think that I or DIY are ignoring you by not helping. It is not a DIY product. You should contact the seller and ask them for help.

Frank
Tuppe

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Tuppe,

These are NOT genuine DIY programmers. They are a pirated clone. I have no idea why you are having this problem - all I can say is that it does not happen with the genuine DIY programmer.

This forum was set up to help DIY customers. Unfortunately the people who manufacture and sell these pirated copies send their customers to this forum for help even though the product they purchased has nothing to do with DIY. I have left these posts on the forum because at least it gives users who purchased these pirate programmers a chance to help each other.

However I don't want people to think that I or DIY are ignoring you by not helping. It is not a DIY product. You should contact the seller and ask them for help.

Frank

Yes I know, I browsed through this site for few hours and learned a lot.
When I bought this, I didn't even know that there is genuine ones, except PicKit. I just searched for "PIC Programmer" and this one went for 10$ so it was mostly an impulse buy for me, as a new guy to PIC family. Lesson learned, ZIF socket earned.

Thank you anyways, I saw that you also were helping tricked pirate buyers too for general purpose inquries, although you don't need to.
I'll just get on and buy PicKit 3, this poor thing wasted my whole day.

Funny thing is, that I was able to get it recognized few times, and even able to read the chip! I think I'll try it again sometimes when my 628A chips arrive, so I could possibly write proper software on them as I was seeing "Protocol missmatch" even when it was recognized. I wonder if I can use the ICSP header anyways...

I sent some email to that hkiron-usa Ebay seller. I truly hope he doesn't redirect me here, nor anyone else for that matter.

EDIT: hkiron-usa didn't redirect me here. I got the unit working 100%! I used another Windows XP machine and DIYPack25ep, and programmed another 16F628A chip with the correct software k150.hex. Then it worked on Windows 7 machine, and still works! I was able to program blink led succesfully!
If it doesn't work immitiately on Win XP, try to:
1. After everything installed, but not working, do repair install of "PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.7.0", do not restart!
2. Install "CDM20824_Setup" FTDI drivers
3. Try DIYPack25EP microbrn.exe
4. Do not close the software or disconnect unit. Program another 16F628A with the k150.hex
5. Swap k150 main PIC. Now it should work on Windows 7 too!
Worked for me, as well as the ICSP. Sometimes it gives an error, but then I just restart microbrn.exe few times and "K150 connected"!
henrique14

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I just received my k150 today, but this has been happening: 


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it says, in device status: "this device could not be activated (code 10) the device specified is nonexistent"
I have tried reinstalling the drivers, changing usb ports and restarting the computer... nothing changed...



Frank

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This is a pirate copy. Genuine DIY programmer uses FTDI USB chip, not Prolific.

Ask reseller for help.
Ptarmigan

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Hi, where in the UK ( England even ! ) can I get a genuine K150 (pref. ready built) ?

I am thinking of getting back into PICs after many years but no serial or parallel port any more !
So I searched ebay for USB and PIC and found lots of K150 being offered. Being old and cautious I then googled to see what results peeps were having and came across this topic.
So now i see many admonishments about pirate K150 but no links ( unless I am going blind ?!) to how to obtain a genuine one in order to support 'the cause' [smile]
I found the Kitsrus home page and from there to Kits but no K150, a gap between K148 and K152 is it dead ?!

Frank

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Yes - all the DIY PIC programmers have reached 'end of life' and are no longer manufactured.
Ptarmigan

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Thank you for your reply.
:'-(  !
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