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    It has been a couple of years since I did this. I am having start from the beginning on writing a start address to a Pic 16f688. It's been awhile and the old computer that I used is no longer alive. So having to start over. all I have on USB stick is PicKit2 version 2.61 with the update PK2deviceFile.dat which I put on a new PC running windows 10. The 16f688 Pic is not in the device family. At this point I don't know where to go.
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    Default Re: Back to step one writting a hex file to 16f688

    Install the MPLAB-X suite. It has all of the families and all of the latest patches for the PicKits (2 & 3). It can read and write the F688 parts without issue.


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    I tried using MPLAB IDE v8.90, It's very difficult to use, and I couldn't figure it out. I hope I can figure out MPLAB-X. But, how was I able to use the much easier PicKit2 programmer before, but now it doesn't have the 16f688 device family in it?

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    MPLAB X is not easy to use. It is way to much for me to learn at this time. And besides I don't need to compile anything. I have the Renard start addresses I just need to put it on the chip.
    Why can't I do it with PicKit2 programmer now as I was able to do before? How is it that the device family is not available now in the programmer?

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    i'm not quite following you. i am in the same boat, and need to program some renard chips in the next couple weeks, not having done so for several computers now. i also use a pickit2, but i always used some version of mblab. it seems like mplab x was the current version the last time i did it. i don't remember ever relying on the programmer to know anything about the device family...

    but if i get up and running and you are still having trouble, i can put the start address firmware in a few pics and mail to you with your settings.

    edit - now I see your picture, and didn't realize/remember the pickit came with it's own programming software. offer still stands
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11Bravo View Post
    MPLAB X is not easy to use. It is way to much for me to learn at this time. And besides I don't need to compile anything. I have the Renard start addresses I just need to put it on the chip.
    Why can't I do it with PicKit2 programmer now as I was able to do before? How is it that the device family is not available now in the programmer?
    I agree , had grief with it and was to brain bust for the learning curve of it at the time .
    Went with version Mplab ide 8.84 and that just worked flawlessly .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmitcham View Post
    i'm not quite following you. i am in the same boat, and need to program some renard chips in the next couple weeks, not having done so for several computers now. i also use a pickit2, but i always used some version of mblab. it seems like mplab x was the current version the last time i did it. i don't remember ever relying on the programmer to know anything about the device family...

    but if i get up and running and you are still having trouble, i can put the start address firmware in a few pics and mail to you with your settings.

    edit - now I see your picture, and didn't realize/remember the pickit came with it's own programming software. offer still stands
    Thank you for the offer, but I really need to be able to program them here. I'm still building the show and don't exactly know what the addresses need to be at this time. and time is running out.

    The PicKit2 programmer doesn't have the 16f688 in it's program to select from. I do not remember how I got the 16f288 in the list of device families. I don't remember if I had to do a update to get more chips recognized by the programmer. If I did, I have no idea where I got the update to down load. Like I said I have all the renard start address hex files. I don't need a program to compile with to make a hex file.

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    I got it now. The PicKit2 program I had saved on a zip drive was not all there I guess. I found a download at pic16.com/en/wzcapi/pic_kit2_list.htm it has the 16f688 in it.

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    Default Re: Back to step one writting a hex file to 16f688

    The links dont work.

    Im also have the same problem with a pickit 3.



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