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As well as the vast range of PICmicro devices, the PICALL hardware kit can also program ATMEL AVR micros AT90S12000, AT90S2313, AT90S4414 and AT90S8515's.

What advantages does this programmer kit have over the others that  Dontronics sell?
It will program the PIC16C54, PIC16C55, PIC16C56, PIC16C57, and the PIC16C58, in fact, all 12 14 & 16 series PICs - serial & parallel PICs.

It is driven from the Parallel Printer Port  of a PC.
There is no software Registration, as a programmed chip is supplied in the kit, and the PC driver software is free.

DIY KIT-117  KIT.  Serial PIC Programmer. $85USD
This 8, 18, 28 & 40 pin PICmicro programmer Kit is available from Dontronics.

It is shipped from Hong Kong by DIY Electronics and the total cost of the kit of parts is $85USD.
This price includes world wide postage.

Price includes all parts as listed. The amount charged to your credit card is the current exchange rate rounded up to the nearest Australian Dollar.
Programmer kit prices if ordered at the same time in the same package.
1 Only  $85USD     (All prices Include world wide Air Mail postage)
2 to 4   $ To Be announced.
5 to 9   $
10+      $

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Requires one on-board wide-slot 40-pin ZIF socket only for maximum flexibility. (Not Included)  Software tells you where to place the PIC you are programming. The unit comes with a 40 pin machine pin socket. The Aries type ZIF socket can plug into the machine pin socket.

Picture of PCBAssembled kit
k117.pdf Documentation

Range of PIC's Covered

PIC16C54, PIC16C55, PIC16C56, PIC16C57, PIC16C58 + all as P16PRO
PIC12C5xx, PIC14000, PIC16C554, PIC16C556, PIC16C558, PIC16C61, PIC16C62, PIC16C62A, PIC16CR62, PIC16C63, PIC16C64, PIC16C64A, PIC16CR64, PIC16C65, PIC16C65A, PIC16C66, PIC16C67, PIC16C620, PIC16C621, PIC16C622, PIC16C710, PIC16C71, PIC16C711, PIC16C72, PIC16C73, PIC16C73A, PIC16C74, PIC16C74A, PIC16C76, PIC16C77, PIC16F83, PIC16CR83, PIC16C84, PIC16F84, PIC16CR84, PIC16C923, PIC16C924, PIC16C642, PIC16C662, PIC16C715

All software and other documentation is available from Bojan Dobaj's Home Page.
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Subject:  PICALL
   Date:  Mon, 1 Feb 1999 16:56:38 +0100
   From:  Bojan Dobaj <bojan.dobaj@club.win-ini.si>

I have been reported, that there may be a problem with PICALL and R6, R2=120k in combination whith some LPT ports. Maybe you should write a note to your KIT that in problem cases R2 and R6 should be replaced with 22k or just replace R2,R6 with 22k in KIT. I will add this to PA zip packege end of this week.
Bojan Dobaj 

Donald Brown (lilafay@YAHOO.COM)
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 07:55:58 -0800
Hi piclister's,

I recently purchased the DIY kit-117 for programming all available pic chips.

The kit went together nicely and worked on the first try with a pic16f84. So I purchased (2) pic16c74b-JW's from digi-key and tried one of them in the programmer. First option I tried was a blank check. Response was CHIP NOT BLANK. So I did a read. All program memory is 00 and both lock bits are set !!! So I did a UV erase. Same results. Well bad chip maybe, so I tried the other "new" chip. Exact same results.

So my dilemma is:

1. Did the programmer just blow (2) $13.00 Chips :-(
2. Is the programmer not correctly reading the chips :-)
3. Poor luck and got 2 bad chips.. Unlikely


Good News !!

The KT-117 board is working :-)

And the best news is the 16c174b chips are ok :-))))

I transferred the software and board over to the cyrix 266 computer. Everything worked perfectly. So question was why did it not work on the k6-166.

I have a manual printer switch in line. It has worked fine with everything, including a Parallel Port Hard Drive, Ditto Tape Drive, Scanner and every printer I've attached to it. BUT guess there was something the PicAll programmer board didn't like about the switch. I did not suspect the switch or port because it programmed a 16f84 without any problems ??

I removed the switch and came directly off the port to the PicAll programmer and now it performs like a champ with the 16c74b.

If your using a printer switch in your applications, remember, never overlook it when problems arise.

Thanks Jim, for the reassuring comment on saving the 16c74b's

Purchasing an item over the Internet always causes concern about what kind of support will be there in the event problems arise. Speaking from experience, the support I received from Peter Crowcroft @ DIY and Don McKenzie @ DonTronics was excellent. Their concern for a customer problem did not end with the sale. Thanks Peter and Don :-)

Last but not least was the help I received from the designer, Bojan Dobaj. Thanks for your time and efforts in resolving my problem :-)

Thanks for the PicList

Subject:         PICALL
   Date:         Mon, 8 Mar 1999 17:33:55 +0100
   From:        Bojan Dobaj <bojan.dobaj@club.win-ini.si>
     To:         Peter Crowcroft <peter@kitsrus.com>, Don McKenzie <don@dontronics.com>

Dear Peter, Don,

There may be a little problem with PICALL hardware and programming PIC16C54 XT, 56 in some caseies. The problem can be solved by removing resistor R8 from the PCB. As this resistor is not needed, it was thought for future programming parts (as AVRs), but PICALL software can programm this parts without it, I would suggest to remove it from KIT or change it to value of 10k. I will update PICALL packege in next days.
regards, Bojan Dobaj

Subject:           EXCITED!
     Date:          Sun, 13 Jun 1999 22:39:52 -0500
    From:           Aaron Martin <amartin@TEXAS.NET>

      To:           PICLIST@MITVMA.MIT.EDU

I finally got my picall programmer working (I have >NO< idea why... I went over every solder joint for the 3rd time..and all of the sudden it started working, go figure).

So, I have now programmed my first 16F877! I'm quite excited.  Turns out both of the 16f877s I put in backwards are okay.

Thanks to all that helped... and if anyone is building a PicAll anytime soon, I have a few pointers...just ask :-)
        -- Aaron
(NOW I get to ask some really dumb questions :-) )

PICALL hardware can program ATMEL AVR's

Range of AVR's Covered

AT90S12000, AT90S2313, AT90S4414 and AT90S8515

You may download PICALL AVR programmer software from Bojan's site

Software works under WINDOS 3.1x and WINDOWS 9x.

Standard Disclaimer

This software is distributed on a WYSIWYG basis and as such I can't take any responsibility for the use of the product and its results. However in saying this it must also be mentioned that every effort has been taken to ensure that this package is as error free as possible.

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