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well, we were hoping that the problem was the device was not getting enough power from the serial programmer alone. so we proceeded to plug it into the usb port simultaneously like the instructions say. obviously that is not something i would recommend after smelling the burning and tailz saying it burned his fpc cable.
i actually ended up bricking the p3free last night after ****ing with it so much. now i really need to figure this out because i have to hardflash it.
shit, this is not looking that good for this device and i was really hoping that would not be the case. i guess alot of people have gotten the programmer to autodetect their device, but it just doesn't seem to work for some of us.
frankreynolds, yes I was trying to hard flash my p3free with the serial programmer. I plug in the programmer and it detect the programmer, but does not detect the PIC. Then I plug in the P3free to a usb port. I tried this on 3 different computer (3 old Dells with serial attached directly to the motherboard), all detected the programmer and non detected the PIC. I try to set it manually. No luck. The final try (4 th) time, I tried it on a IBM think centre.. as soon as I plug in the p3free to the usb port.. the computer says the USB port has exceed the voltage.. I smell something burning.. I immediately unplugg the p3free right away.. I looked and the ribbon (FPC) that connects the p3free to the programmer was toast. On the side note, I think the programmer is defective.. because I have two p3free.. the original and the f2.. neither one could be program. Luckily the original still works.