A Quick Start Guide to loading code on the UAV DevBoard

Good news for those of you with Bill Premerlani's UAV DevBoard who have been reading about his impressive new DCM code and other software but are a little fuzzy about loading it on the board. Bill has just released a tutorial on programming the board with a PIC programmer.

For us ArduPilot users who have been spoiled by Arduino's easy to use IDE and cheap FTDI programming cable, PIC programming can be daunting indeed. But this tutorial is clear and will walk you through every step. Highly recommended--Bill writes great documentation that's a model of the form.

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Comment by William Premerlani on May 12, 2009 at 3:05am
Hi Chris,

Thank you very much.

There have been a few reports of a problem with the PIC programmer not being able to communicate with the UAV DevBoard. I am beginning to suspect an intermittent issue with the 6 wire cables that are used to make the connection, even if they test ok.

If anyone cannot program their board, they should start by reading the tutorial. If they are still having trouble after that, they should read my response to a recent discussion on the subject, and try making the connection between their programmer and their board with something other than the 6 wire cable.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2009 at 5:28am
FYI, Bill discusses those other connection options in his comment on the other thread.


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