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Microcontrollers => PIC => Topic started by: kik0 on June 14, 2013, 03:18:30 pm

Title: PIC LCD
Post by: kik0 on June 14, 2013, 03:18:30 pm
Sorry this question may be stuped but, I bought
https://www.olimex.com/Products/PIC/Development/PIC-LCD/

and my question is - can i program this board whit
https://www.olimex.com/Products/PIC/Programmers/PIC-PG1/

I have never programmed a microcontroller so I'm not sure that is going to work
Title: Re: PIC LCD
Post by: LubOlimex on June 14, 2013, 04:17:57 pm
Hey kik0,

This would depend very much on your operating system. Generally PIC-PG1 works fine with older computers (that still have a free COM/RS232)and Windows XP or Linux. PIC-PG1, however, doesn't work with MPLAB natively - you would have to write the code, then compile a binary, then upload the binary through another program. You will also be unable to debug in real time. Now if you have to do only once it won't be a problem but if you make 50 changes to the program and each time you want to test it will slow you down a lot.

If you are a beginner I recommend you to get a better/more expensive programmer/debugger initially. For example, a good debugger/programmer is: https://www.olimex.com/Products/PIC/Programmers/PIC-KIT3/ (https://www.olimex.com/Products/PIC/Programmers/PIC-KIT3/) - it works with older and newer MPLABs fine, and MPLAB is a well-documented and widely used software IDE. It is also free.

Best regards,
Lub/OLIMEX