I've got the original pickit and a bus pirate that may help. Also, there's an old pic programmer somewhere in the classroom
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Thanks. As it turns out I figured out what was making my programmer fail and I found a workaround. It isn't perfectly clear to me why the programmer that the board house is using does not fail but now that I know how to fix the problem I don't really care. But if it turns out that I need a PICKit in a pinch I will ping you. Thanks again.