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Programmer Error.. for picaxe28 help!!

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hello friends, im new to the world of micro controllers and pragramming them. i had heard that picaxe systems were fairly beginner friendly. i purchased my first programable robot using the LMR instructions and somewhere i think i did something wrong missed something.i tried my best to follow the simple intructions but i guess im a true amature lol i loaded the software to my computer successfuly, and got as far as plugging it and loading it first commands or program... BUT!, when i pug it in with batteries and cable connected, i go to and try to connect systematicaly and i get an ERROR saying "Programmer Not Responding COM 3" Check Cable AND Power can someone help me please, i really would like to master this system someday, and make great things with it..were do i start checking or what part of the manual should i be looking in???? my board is a picaxe28 and my chip is a pic16f886..

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    Welcome to the Forum!
    This area is for Blogs, you would be better posting in the Active forum.

    You may have selected the wrong COM port, in the options menu go to the serial port tab and find the correct COM port in the list.

    A second thing to check is the voltage of your batteries, if you are using 3 then you should have 4.5v comming from them.

    Jamster

    EDIT: That error dosn't sound like one that would come from the Programmming Editor, what software and version do you have?
    "Programmer not responding COM3" sounds like a BAS800 programmer error. The Serial PIC Programmer software and the Basic-to-Assembler function in Programming Editor both require the BAS800 PIC Programmer (or a PIC-Logicator brand programmer, which my school used before the intoduction of PICAXE) to be present.


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    my board is a picaxe28 and my chip is a pic16f886..
    So are you using a plain PIC on a PICAXE board? You can't program a plain PIC with a serial cable without a bootloader and possibly an interpreter too (like the PICAXE interpreter) installed. If the PIC16F886 was provided with the board then it is a PICAXE and you need to write your BASIC code in Programming Editor and hit F5 to download it onto the PICAXE.

    In-circuit serial programming is NOT the same thing as programming a PICAXE since PICAXE uses asynchronous serial which is precisely timed and has no clock signal whereas ICSP uses synchronous serial programming with a separate clock signal - hence why zero-component programmers connect to the parallel port of a computer since 9-pin serial ports don't offer a clock signal.
    thank you! glad to be here.....
    when i go the list of COM ports window, it usualy gives me the option of 2 ports that both say ready to use.. i check both ports it and still nothing.. i still get the COM 3 Error... im using 3 lithium batteries brand new.. but thank you so much for your help and abviously you know what your doing.




    Quote Originally Posted by Jamster
    Welcome to the Forum!
    This area is for Blogs, you would be better posting in the Active forum.

    You may have selected the wrong COM port, in the options menu go to the serial port tab and find the correct COM port in the list.

    A second thing to check is the voltage of your batteries, if you are using 3 then you should have 4.5v comming from them.

    Jamster

    EDIT: That error dosn't sound like one that would come from the Programmming Editor, what software and version do you have?
    i downloaded what i thought was the complete software from the picaxe software page, i was just following instructoins from the LMR website, but i might of missed something , maybe sofware like your saying.. i received my chip along with my robot kit so im sure its the right one..ill try to download the basic program again using F5 this time.. and thank you as well, i know your young but you really know what your talking about..ima keep in touch, tahnk you.............


    Quote Originally Posted by nick12ab
    "Programmer not responding COM3" sounds like a BAS800 programmer error. The Serial PIC Programmer software and the Basic-to-Assembler function in Programming Editor both require the BAS800 PIC Programmer (or a PIC-Logicator brand programmer, which my school used before the intoduction of PICAXE) to be present.


    Click for full size version

    So are you using a plain PIC on a PICAXE board? You can't program a plain PIC with a serial cable without a bootloader and possibly an interpreter too (like the PICAXE interpreter) installed. If the PIC16F886 was provided with the board then it is a PICAXE and you need to write your BASIC code in Programming Editor and hit F5 to download it onto the PICAXE.

    In-circuit serial programming is NOT the same thing as programming a PICAXE since PICAXE uses asynchronous serial which is precisely timed and has no clock signal whereas ICSP uses synchronous serial programming with a separate clock signal - hence why zero-component programmers connect to the parallel port of a computer since 9-pin serial ports don't offer a clock signal.