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A Serial PIC Programmer + ISP Capability

Hi All,
This post won't be anything new to the experienced members but as a newbie I was not able to post comments or help others with my little but correct knowledge so I had to post something. So I'm posting a serial PIC programmer which has ISP capability and can program almost any PIC, as the theory goes. And I'm able to write/ read/ erase a couple of 28 and 40 pin PICs which I was able to get in my hands. I found some schematics on the net and after refining them according to the Microchip's specifications I made this first programmer for me. Though the schematics might be known to many but the board layout is mine which I created using ExpressPCB. If any one find this useful do let me now. Now straight to the business,
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Now from this schematics I removed the 8, 18 pins part for the ISP capability and to save space on the board and placed a 28 pin IC base (holder) within a 40 pin IC base to compact the design. I used the 0.47uf electrolytic capacitor and it worked fine. Though I do not use the 47uf electrolytic capacitor the programmer works fine. (Note: According to the Microchip’s specifications one should use the 47uf capacitor shown in the schematics to prevent components from damage when the circuit powers on and off. But I think it should not be a problem with ATX computers as I have tried it successfully, without the 47uf capacitor, on ATX computers, so can’t say about the old ones.)
Now some photographs of the real construction,

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And here are the files to download to make your own,
(The board measures 78mm X 38mm. When you print the *.pdf file make sure you select no scale or 100% or 1:1 according to your printer settings. One more thing do not forget to attach the jumper wires on pin 9 which goes to ICSP pin 3 which is not shown in the pdf, and another on pin 1 which goes to the 0.47uf cap +ve lead.)
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