Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

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Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by admin » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:42 pm

Example ICSP (development board not included)

Product Description
K150 is a low-cost high-performance PIC programmer, supporting the most popular PIC chips. Allows reading, writing, encryption, and uses high-speed USB communication for fast programming ( speed average PICSTART + 3-5 times ). Fully automatic programming checksum ; equipped with 40pin DIP programming ZIF socket, direct programming of 8pin-40pinDIP chip; 8pin-40 pin chip as well as via the onboard the ICSP interface. Popular download software available; software-compatible the Windows98 and Windows2000/NT, Windows XP/windows7 operating system. Socketed chips for easy replacement and upgrade.

Please also check out our quick start guide to using the Great Cow Basic IDE with this programmer here:

http://forum.hobbycomponents.com/viewto ... 106&t=1688

Order Yours Here.

Support the most popular programming PIC chips, read, encryption and other features!

No external power supply required, communication and power by supplied USB cable.

Much faster programming rate than PICSTARTPLUS .

Can easily read the contents of the chip program area.

With 40pin ZIF socket, 8-pin to 40 pin PIC microcontroller chip can easily be programmed.

8 pin 40 pin-board Allows programming of PIC device whilst in circuit via its ICSP and included cable.

Compatible with Windows98 and Windows2000/NT, Windows XP / Windows 7 and other operating systems.


UPDATE: For Windows 8/8.1/10 users we have a tested and working driver. However this is an unofficial driver version and although we have tested and confirmed it to work a a Windows 10 system we provide no warranties or guarantees that it will work with your system. The driver can version found towards the bottom of this post. We value your feedback on this fixed driver.

PIC MCU models supported:
10 Series:
PIC10F200 * PIC10F202 * PIC10F204 * PIC10F206 *
PIC10F220 * PIC10F222 *

12C Series:
PIC12C509 PIC12C509A
PIC12C671 PIC12C672 PIC12CE518 PIC12CE519
PIC12CE673 PIC12CE674
12F Series:
PIC12F509 PIC12F629 PIC12F635
PIC12F675 PIC12F683
16C Series:
PIC16C505 PIC16C554 PIC16C558 PIC16C61
PIC16C62 PIC16C62A PIC16C62B PIC16C63
PIC16C63A PIC 16C64 PIC16C64A PIC16C65
PIC16C65A PIC16C65B PIC16C66 PIC16C66A
PIC16C67 PIC16C620 PIC16C620A PIC16C621
PIC16C621A PIC16C622 PIC16C622A PIC16C71
PIC16C71A PIC16C72 PIC16C72A PIC16C73
PIC16C73A PIC16C73B PIC16C74 PIC16C74A
PIC16C74B PIC16C76 PIC16C77 PIC16C710
PIC16C711 PIC16C712 PIC16C716 PIC16C745
PIC16C765 PIC16C773 PIC16C774 PIC16C83
16F Series:
PIC16F505 PIC16F506 PIC16F54 PIC16F57 *
PIC16F59 * PIC16F627 PIC16LF627A PIC16F627A
PIC16F628 PIC16LF628A PIC16F628A PIC16F630
PIC16F631 * PIC16F631-1 * PIC16F636 PIC16F636-1
PIC16F639 * PIC16F639-1 * PIC16F648A PIC16F676
PIC16F677 PIC16F677-1 PIC16F684 PIC16F685 *
PIC16F685-1 * PIC16F687 * PIC16F687 *- 1 PIC16F688
PIC16F689 * PIC16F689-1 * PIC16F690 * PIC16F690-1 *
PIC16F716 PIC16F72 PIC16F73 PIC16F74
PIC16F76 PIC16F77 PIC16F737 PIC16F747
PIC16F767 PIC16F777 PIC16F83 PIC16F84
PIC16F84A PIC16F87 PIC16F88 PIC16F818
PIC16F819 PIC16F870 PIC16F871 PIC16F872
PIC16F873 PIC16F873A PIC16LF873A PIC16F874
PIC16F874A PIC16F876 PIC16F876A PIC16F877
18 Series:
PIC18F242 PIC18F248 PIC18F252 PIC18F258 PIC18F442 PIC18F448
PIC18F452 PIC18F458 PIC18F1220 PIC18F1320 PIC18F2220 PIC18F2320
PIC18F2321 PIC18F4210 PIC18F2331 PIC18F2450 PIC18F2455 PIC18F2480
PIC18F2510 PIC18F2515 PIC18F2520 PIC18F2525 PIC18F2550 PIC18F2580
PIC18F2585 PIC18F2610 PIC18F2620 PIC18F2680 PIC18F4220 PIC18F4320
PIC18F6525 PIC18F6621 PIC18F8525 PIC18F8621 PIC18F2331 PIC18F2431
PIC18F4331 PIC18F4431 PIC18F2455 PIC18F2550 PIC18F4455 PIC18F4550
PIC18F4580 PIC18F2580 PIC18F2420 PIC18F2520 PIC18F2620 PIC18F6520
PIC18F6620 PIC18F6720 PIC18F6585 PIC18F6680 PIC18F8585 PIC18F8680

* Via ICSP only

Package Includes:
1x K150 Pic Programmer
1x USB Cable
1x ICSP Cable

Windows software:
PIC Program Software English Version.zip

Windows Drivers:
Windows drivers for windows XP/7 can be downloaded here.

An unofficial driver version (please see note at the top of this post before installing) for Windows versions 8, 8.1, and 10 can be downloaded directly from our forum here:
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Quick setup guide:

1) Download and install the appropriate driver then attach the K150 programmer.

2) Download the PIC Program Software English Version.zip zip file to your computer and then unzip it.

3) Inside the unzipped folder you will see the microbrn software called microbrn.exe. Double click this and the microbrn programming software should open up.

4) Set the COM port for your K150 programmer by going to File->Port and enter the COM port number in the window that opens up (you can find the COM port number from windows file manager).

5) Make sure that the correct programmer type is selected by going to File->Programmer and selecting K150

6) From the main window select your PIC device from the Chip Selector drop down selection. Microbrn should then show you where on the ZIF socket (or ICSP header) you should place your PIC.

7) Next load in your hex file by going to File->load

8) Finally you can upload your hex file to your PIC device by clicking the program button int he main window.

Note that if your hex file doesn't contain fuse settings you can set them by clicking the Fuses button before uploading to your PIC

Known issues and solutions:

When attempting to program the EEPROM of my device I get a reset error and the programmer fails to program the device.

This is caused by an incorrect setting in the Pic programming software's configuration file. To fix this problem locate the file named ‘chipdata.cid’ which should be in the same folder as your microbrn software. Edit this file with a text editor and locate the setting's for your particular device. Amongst these settings you will find a value for ProgramDelay. Keep increasing this value by 10 until you are able to program your device's EEPROM. Please note that you will need to restart the software each time you edit this file.

The microrn software keeps saying I have the wrong COM port

This problem is normally caused because the microbrn software doesn't like high COM port numbers. If the COM port of your programmer is above COM9 you can lower it by doing the following:

Make sure the programmer is plugged in.
In windows open up device manager (click start and type dev man in the search box)
Find the COM port for the programmer under Port (COM & LPT)
Right click on it and select properties
In the window that opens click the Port Settings tab
Click the Advanced button
In the COM port number drop down box change the COM port number to a lower value

They will probably all say they are 'in use' but so long as you don't have any hardware attached that is currently using that particular COM port it's fine to choose it.

Click OK to close the two windows and then close device manager.
Unplug the programmer and reattach it.
Then restart microbrn.

I am using Windows 8/10 and I can't get the programming software to talk to the programmer. What am I doing wrong?

Currently the K150 does not work with Windows versions above Windows 7. This is due to the fact the latest versions of the Prolific USB driver no longer support the PL2303-HX version of the USB interface chip that is installed on the K150. Whereas installing an older version of the driver would normally resolve this issue, unfortunately Windows versions 8 and above will immediately update the driver to the latest and incompatible version without any notification. At the moment we not aware of a workaround for this issue however we will update this post should we find one. Update: Please see the note found at the top of this post for a solution.

Disclaimer: Libraries, example code, and diagrams are provided as an additional free service by Hobby Components and are not sold as part of this product. We do not provide any guarantees or warranties as to their accuracy or fitness for purpose.

Descriptions and diagrams on this page are copyright Hobby Components Ltd and may not be reproduced without permission.
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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by mayouzin » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:37 pm

AMorning, sorry I don't speak English. I buy recently KT150 Pic programmer, some problems, please help me. USB port OK, chips select 16F628a, reset failed, don't recognize don't 16F628a, continue, received function not supported by this firmware version. I use MATLAB.
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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by andrew » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:45 pm

Have you tried the software available in this forum? It is important that you use the correct version with this programmer.

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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by Guest » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:50 pm

Sorry, now, I use your software version, is good, no problem, perfect
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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by Tawman » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:28 pm

Bought the K150 and downloaded the software, all went well until I tried to use it. The first problem was the software does not recognise a com port above 9 so on my laptop had to change the com port to 2 - not a real problem but annoying.

Now the fun really begins, after the program has loaded and the correct com port is selected it generates a reset error as per attached screen shot. Everything is connected and the program has aknowledged that it is connected to a K150 board.

Any ideas?????????????
k150 error reset.jpg
On my desktop PC the result is exactly the same - same error messages. If you ignore the reset failure and go on to program the chip you get the other attached screenshot error. I have tried this on both my laptop running Win7 and the Desktop running XP service pack 3. A new 16F628A was used for each machine.

Again I welcome any suggestions..............
k150 error.jpg
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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by andrew » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:22 pm

Hi Tawman,

I can't seem to locate you on our system. Did you purchase this board from us? If so please post or PM me your order number.

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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by Tawman » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:24 pm

Hi Andrew,
Invoice Ref. No. 14580
Purchased on the 18th, delivered this morning.

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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by simielk » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:26 pm


I have the same problem as Tawman . My solution was : uninstall the prolific usb-serial driver and install this : http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProdu ... 25&pcid=41

Works on my Pc .

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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by andrew » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:57 pm

Thanks, we will take one out of stock to confirm that there are no batch issues. Unfortunately we don't have 16F628A to replicate your setup, but before we suggest anything it would be helpful to try simielk's possible solution. We would be very interested to see if it works. If so we can update the first post.
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Re: Pic - K150 ICSP Programmer (HCDVBD0002)

Post by Tawman » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:58 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately that is the driver I have installed on my Desktop - I downloaded it yesterday for a USB to TTL lead I had purchased for this project. I have unloaded the driver on my laptop and installed the version from the link you provided.

I still have the same problem..........

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