BOOTLOAD THE PIC18F4550 – FIRMWARE UPDATING




BOOTLOAD PIC18F4550 – FIRMWARE UPDATING

SETTING THE PIC18F4550 IN RD/WR ( BOOTLOAD ) MODE FOR BOOTLOADING

Loading / updating new code into the USB INTERFACE BOARD can be done with a Bootloader Software. While searching for good bootloader, I found some nice tutorial on eegeek.net and piccoder.co.uk for BOOTLOADING the USB INTERFACE board.BOOTLOAD THE PIC18F4550 FIRMWARE UPDATING

 The tutorial posted on eegeek.net and piccoder.co.uk are very nice for initial understanding of USB INTERFACE BOARD. The firmware posted on piccoder.co.uk and eegeek.net  was programmed to control only two leds , ( led 3 and led4 in the pic below) for demonstration of this USB Interface.

The firmware that is posted  in the next tutorial will enable/ allow you to control 6 leds  ( connected across CTRL1 , CTRL 2 ,CTRL 3 , CTRL 4 , CTRL 7 ,CTRL 8 – refer schematic below  , CTRL 5, and CTRL 6 will flash alternatively)

PIC18F4550 DEMO SCHEMATIC

Piccoder.co.uk and eegeek.net have their own version of Bootloader software. My personal favourite version of BOOTLOADING Software is from eegeek.net , you can download the entire project file of his version of BOOTLOADING software from his website.




The downloaded zip file from eegeek.net will contain entire project file of the USB  board, like mplab project, c# application , a BOOTLOADING software in C# and a firmware to control two leds . Search for BOOTLOAD folder inside the zip file and run the bootloading software inside the DEBUG folder (coded in C#).

        STEPS OF BOOTLOADING

For loading new code into the USB BOARD it is necessary that the USB  BOARD must be set to Bootload mode. There are two modes of a operation, READ mode (you will be able to control this Board only when the board is in READ MODE)and READ/WRITE mode (BOOTLOAD mode).BOOTLOAD THE PIC18F4550 FIRMWARE UPDATING schematic

Connect the USB DEMO BOARD to your P.C , and start the BOOTLOADER Software. Import the new hex file that you need to write, into the BOOTLOADING software. [I will provide the new Firmware in my next post]
It is possible to write new code into the EPROM of PIC18F4550 only when it is in RD/WR mode.

 

 

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