LX200GPS won't boot up
Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:19 PM
After reading on the web a little I saw mention of a safe mode. Hold down enter and down scroll key. I tried that about a dozen times. Only once did anything happen. It said LX200GPS then the 2001 then a division symbol. I wanted a bit, nothing changed. Went to my computer to connect with the ASU util but it wouldn't connect. I went back to the handbox and now I see a Z after the division symbol. I let it sit there for a while, no change. Tried it again. Holding down enter and down arrow but I can't get it to get that far again.
This is on a new unit. Not an old frayed cable whacked around hc box etc.
Any tips? advice? Or do I just get a new one?
Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:29 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:28 AM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:21 AM
I think there's a small battery inside the base of the scope that periodically needs replacing. If you're still having trouble, check that. Lots of info on those things on the Yahoo LX200 groups.
The safe recovery mode for Autostar-II's is 999 at bootup. The other mode mentioned is for Autostar 497's.
The Lithium 2032 battery in the base only exists to back up the most-current GPS ephemeris data. When it goes bad, the GPS takes a lot longer to get a satellite lock. It does nothing else for the scope.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:05 PM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:18 PM
I thought it was power but ended up being a corrupt firmware. After several tries with 999 finally it went into program mode and accepted a re-flash of the firmware. Once completed things seem to be ok at this time. I'll know more tonight. Thanks everyone both in this thread and via email (Andrew) that helped me out.