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I have a loginway PIC-01 Development board (it was sat in a cupboard for years).

Does this board require additional adaptor hardware to blow a PIC (ICSP stuff etc), or can the on board serial port be used to do that?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just noticed you have questions in the topic and expansion that are opposite senses. Makes the "yes" answer quite ambiguous. Good thing I wrote more than that... \$\endgroup\$ – Yann Vernier Jan 22 '11 at 13:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yann - I've rephrased that question to make it clearer what I meant. The answer does mean additional hardware is needed - but is comprehensive enough to be marked as the correct response. \$\endgroup\$ – Danny Staple Jul 23 '12 at 17:08
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Yes, it requires additional hardware to program a new PIC (as indicated in the manual). PICkit is one such with good features for the price, including debugging, serial communication and logging. Once you have a way to program your PIC, it can communicate through the serial port; this could be used to implement a bootloader in self programming capable chips, the way boards like Arduino work. Your Loginway PIC-01 is a pretty good host board to build on, and certainly more featureful than the host board in the PICkit bundle.

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Forget it and buy a Microchip PICkit 2 or 3 (under $50). They offer debugging as well as programming, and the latter supports all the current devices.

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