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Problem with SparkFun PicAxe USB programmer cable

Ok, got to the point where it's time to start coding and I got power to everything that needed it and started installing the drivers needed for the Picaxe programmer cable. Well to no avail. If anybody has an idea a walkthrough it would be appreciated.



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What are you using, PC or Mac?  What have you loaded?  What error(s) are you getting?

The PICAXE manual 'Getting Started' gives a walkthrough on how to install, etc, did you follow that?  If not, please reference that and let us know what step you are failing on.

All the manuals are located here: http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/picaxe/

Hope this helps. 

Guess I'm guilty of what everybody else is too -oopsie-

 My system runs on windows vista

Where it fails at is when you hit the test button after you get everything set up. I've been the step by step a few times, trying different ports to no avail.

I'm trying to hook up a Picaxe 14M to the programmer. 

 I saw this post on the Picaxe Forum and thought I would pass it along:

 "I say this, because if you disconnect the AXE027 cable from the PC and restart the Programming Editor (and think also applies if you already have it running and disconnect) then the PE cannot find the AXE027 and by my experience reverts to COM 1.
In summary, it is okay to disconnect and reconnect from the PICAXE but seems that the AXE027 cable must be connected before starting the programming editor and left connected to the PC while the PE is running."

The AXE027 cable and your Sparkfun cable may act the same.


your problem is probably vista ...

Double that.


Well, I hooked it up again and this time checked everything from start to finish. The usb port and usb cable both work like they are supposed to. The audio cable works. I plugged in the programmer, heard the beep that the laptop makes when a new usb port starts up, booted the PicAxe Programming Editor, set up the port according to the instructions, hooked up DMM, started up the test part of the editor, took measurements, 2.7V on the output and 0.0V on the input. hit the test button on the editor, took a measurement on the DMM(the measuring thingy) and there was no change.  I've tried this on several ports on my laptop and still nada. The lights on the programmer stay lit even if a chip isn't hooked up the programmer. 

I am thinking that it's broken, any ideas or suggestions are welcome.


Mech Out  

I had the same problem as MechGeek2000. Also got the unchanging 2.7V on the input pin when using the PE test program.

- Switch the TX & RX leads from the programmer to the chip. I also uninstalled and reinstalled drivers as noted below but I don't think that was it.

For reference here's my final setup:
Windows XP SP3
PE 5.2.9
FTDI (22 Oct 2009)
- Windows XP drivers from this page http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm VCP and D2XX drivers are bundled together for Windows as a combined driver model (CDM).
- I first uninstalled all FTDI drivers using the CDM Uninstaller from here http://www.ftdichip.com/Resources/Utilities.htm
- Then installed new drivers choosing the windows option to install from a location rather than using the setup exe. (Don't think that matters)
- Blinky lights on the Sparkfun adaptor just stay solidly lit not matter what happens. Perhaps this is due to the small O8M program I downloaded.
- COM7 used. (Don't think that matters) 
- Voltage in input pin of chip is 0V with PE test light button off, 3.2V with test light button on.

My original dumb question was at http://forum.sparkfun.com/viewtopic.php?p=91939#91939

Got the new PicAxe USB programmer in today, and yes I had fun playing with the 8M protoboard it came with. Not sure what I'd use an 8M for besides a servo controller and maybe sensors that required overhead but didn't need real time processing. Though it did give me an idea for some other things I'm working on.  Will have to troubleshoot the drive board, it doesn't want to program in it but will off of the board. I may make a dev board for the 14M that has socket and some headers, just an idea.

Mech Out 

The 08m is a great proc only limited by memory imo. It can be used for so many things like sub processes and main driving processor as well. For example, I currently have one set up to control a servo, use an ir sensor(serial input), do two way (again serial)com via bt as well as output data to an lcd screen. Yeah....with a 08M...all pins in use and memory is maxed, these suckers rock....  :)

Kim, I see you solved your problem, but I'm not sure that the problem is the same for me.


I have a sparkfun programmer adaptor, brand new, and I really can't get past the "verification error" stage.

I'm using a mac, Have the drivers installed and I'm using macpad. the serin/serout text loop works just fine for me. i.e. I can send and receive in the terminal. Change the test status from high to low - and nothing changes on the serout voltage relative to G - even disconnecting.


I think that simply buying one of the axe28 cables does not solve the problem at all - just pushes it away. My point of getting the sparkfun board was to save dollars...!!

anyhow, it's nice to know that it's not me screwing up my components for once....or is it? hmm.