Hi Toodle_pipsky. I found that my problem seemed to have stemmed from bad contact of the PIC to the board. I have managed to get one of my completed failed boards working by using a flux pen and retouching the PIC pins with the iron,this seemed to work for some of them. I may have killed the others. the only reason i was doing my pics first on the boards was to make sure they were working, once i programmed it after i completed the board all worked as it should.I don't believe there is any thing wrong with the PICKit2, In my case it seemed to be the user.toodle_pipsky said:I'll add my name to those having trouble programming the pic on a completed strobe, I get that same oscal error - dissapointing to say the least since my back hurts from being hunched over the darn thing!
I'm using a Microchip PICKit2 (not a clone). It's too late to try just the pic on the board, so I'll give that a bash tomorrow. Just thought I would mention it.
I was just talking to a friend yesterday who told me that "sometimes random isn't as random as you think"Steve said:I too have connected 5 of these together and they all flash the same random pattern.