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addition to the CrossRoads card family: Standalone Programmers!
needed to program some cards in the field but didn't have access to a
laptop? Now you don't need one! We collaborated with Nick Gammon and
turned his "Upload Hexfile from SD card" into a full-fledged standalone
programmer. Connect up a power source (3xAA battery pack, 5VDC
wallwart, 7-12VDC wallwart), select a program and press the Start
versions available: single file programmer with no display ($41.50)
(not pictured yet);
one display programmer supporting up to 16 files ($45.25); two display
programmer supporting up to 256 files ($48). Contact us
one. All boards include a Sandisk 4GB SD card and 6 inch/15cm
programming cable. Shipping & paypal fee added to all orders.
All cards include a 16MHz Atmega328P programmed for 1 file, 16 file,
or 256 file support; a 5V linear regulator with reverse polarity
protection diode; a 3.3V regulator to power the SD card socket; a 5V to
3.3V buffer for the signals to the SD card socket; a 3.3V to 5V
buffer for the serial data from the SD card socket; an ICSP
header for initial fuse burning and bootloader programming; a "FTDI" header for
serial downloads; a P-ICSP header to connect to the board to be
programmed; Gree, Yellow, and Red status LEDs; a Green Start button;
and 2.1/5.5mm barrel jack connector feeding power to the regulator.
2 thru hole pads, JP1 & JP2, may be connected; this bypasses
the 5V regulator to bring 4.5V (from 3AA battery pack for
example) or 5V from a wallwart in from the barrel jack connector.
Nick Gammon code can
be found here.
Save both files into the same folder; when the .ino is is opened, the
.h file will appear as a tab. Bill Greiman/Fat16lib SdFat library
for the SD
card can be found here.
I have SdFat loaded at C:/Arduino/libraries/SdFat. EEPROM library
is part of the Arduino distribution.
These two #defines get changed as needed:
#define CROSSROADS_PROGRAMMING_BOARD true (Set to true for One
and Two Display
programmers, false for No Display programmer)
#define NO_ENCODER false
false for Two Display programmer)
#define HEX_FILE_NAMES true
to true for One and Two Display
The One Display programmer
adds a display driver, 7-segment display, and a White Select button.
After startup, the Select button is used to cycle thru 16 files
CODE00.HEX, ... CODE09.HEX, CODE0A.HEX ... CODE0F.HEX. The display will
show 0,1,2,... D,E,F as the programs are selected. Status codes are
displayed along with the flashing LEDs. The last file selected is
saved in EEPROM for re-use upon powerup.
The Two Display programmer
adds a 2nd display driver and 7-segment display, a Rotary Encoder
to cycle thru the 256 files, CODE00.HEX to CODEFF.HEX, and a white
Select button to optionally advance by 10 thru the files.
The display will show the 2 digits as the encoder is turned showing the
file to be selected. Two letter Status codes are
displayed along with the flashing LEDs. The last file
selected is saved in EEPROM for re-use upon powerup.
Display board: A single file named "firmware.hex" is
installed onto the SD card. The 6-pin cable is connected from the
programmer header, P-ICSP, and connects to the ICSP header of the
card to be programmed. The card to be programmed should have had its
fuses previously programmed for clock selection, etc. A bootloader is
not needed and if installed will be overwritten.
Upon power up, with no SD card inserted, the Red Error LED will flash 5
times slowly, pause and continue flashing. Insert the SD card, and the
Green Ready light will turn on solid. Press the green Start button. The
Yellow Working LED will flash as the program is loaded. When done, the
Green Ready light will flash 3 times indicating programming is
done. The Green flashing repeats for 10 times, then turns on Solid
again. Power may be removed and the programming cable disconnected any
time after the Green flashing begins. Other errors are
not likely, see below if one pops up.
With the Arduino IDE, a .hex file is created when code is compiled, and
ends up in a path like this:
Locate that file, rename it "firmware.hex" and put that on the SD card.
My copy of Win7Pro seems to hide the directory - I use the IDE,
selecting File:Preferences, click the path name at the bottom and
clicking AppData, Local, Temp, to work down to the folder; copy
the .hex file to the SD card, and rename as needed.
Display board: Operation as above. Rename the compiled file
CODE00.HEX to CODE0F.HEX and store on the SD card.
Use the white Select button to select from 0 to F on the display. When
the desired file is displayed, press the green Start button.
The display will change to 'P' as programming starts, then 'V' (small
'u') while the programming is Verified, and then 'A" (Alright!) when
verification completes. The green Ready LED
will do some flashing, and the display will return to the selected file.
Common errors: 'S' -
no SD card. 'C' - cannot enter programming mode on target (not
connected?). 'F' - file selected not found on the SD card. '-' Seen as
programmer comes to life, or unknown error. Other errors are not
likely, see below if one pops up.
Display board: Operation as above. Rename the compiled
file CODE00.HEX to CODEFF.HEX and store on the SD card.
Use the rotary encoder to move forward and backward thru the
files named CODE00.HEX to CODEFF.HEX. When the desired file
is displayed, press the green Start button.
The display will
change to 'Pr' as programming starts, then 'VF' (small 'uF') while the
programming is Verified, and then 'AA" (Alright! Alright!) when
completes. The green Ready LED will do some flashing, and the display
will return to the selected file.
Common errors: 'Sd' - no SD card. 'Ch' - cannot enter programming
on target (not connected?). 'FL' - file selected not found on the SD
Seen as programmer comes to life, or unknown error. Other errors are
likely, see below if one pops up.
messages and Display messges:
Display board will flash LEDs as described below.
Display board will also show the first letter of the (message).
Display board will show both letters of the (message).
LED codes (flash counts) - each sequence repeats 5 times
Problems with SD card or programming target chip
Red x 1 = Cannot open SD card (Sd)
Red x 2 = Cannot read file 'firmware.hex' (FL)
Red x 3 = Cannot enter programming mode in target chip (Ch)
Red x 4 = This chip does not have a bootloader fuse (Fu)
Red x 5 = Cannot read chip signature (Sg)
Red x 6 = Unrecognized signature (Un)
Red x 7 = Bad start address in hex file for code (Ad)
Red x 8 = Verification error (bd)
Problems with firmware.hex file
Red + yellow x 1 = Line in file is too long (E1)
Red + yellow x 2 = Line in file is too short (E2)
Red + yellow x 3 = Line does not start with a colon (:) (E3)
Red + yellow x 4 = Invalid hex digits (should be 0-9, A-F) (E4)
Red + yellow x 5 = Bad sumcheck at end of line (E5)
Red + yellow x 6 = Line not expected length (E6)
Red + yellow x 7 = Unknown record type (E7)
Red + yellow x 8 = No 'end of file' record in file (E8)
Red + yellow x 9 = File will not fit into flash of target (LG)
Green x 3 = Flashed and verified OK - sequence repeats 10 times (AA)
Green (steady) = Ready to program (close switch to commence)
Yellow (flashing) = Programming (Pr)
Green (steady) + yellow (flashing) = verifying (uF)
No LEDs on = No power?
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