USB Mini-B Socket – USB Type-A Plug Conversion on a USB-TTL Adapter

Introduction Earlier today I needed an extra of those USB-to-TTL-Serial adapters for a project I am currently working on. Among my spare parts I found an old one, based on the PL-2303HX chip, but when I attached it to my Windows 11 PC, it didn’t seem to work. I remember, …

Quick fix: MPLAB X Cannot Connect to PicKit2 or PicKit3

Problem After an update of some software on a 64 bit Windows computer you might run into the following message when you start MPLAB X: Also, when you try to program your device it fails. PICkit2: Loading code from F:/Projects/PIC/LilBang.X/dist/default/production/LilBang.X.production.hex…Loading symbols from F:/Projects/PIC/LilBang.X/dist/default/production/LilBang.X.production.cof…Loading completedConnecting to programmer…The programmer could not be …

Fixing a Worn out Remote Control (XBOX, Playstation, Wii, TV, etc.)

Introduction The method described below is valid for any remote control that uses conductive rubber pads for buttons. I have successfully used the same method on TV/VCR/Home theater/AC remotes and game consoles. Some time ago I decided that the next time I do it I would document it here. Recently, I ordered …