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#1 kljw

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:04 AM

Hi
i have just talen delivery of an LX200 12" GPS. the AutoStar version at present is 4.2g. i have tried to update, but when i open up the Update Programme, it just crashes.
i am running the software on an Getac S400 with an I5 chip. connection is through a USB to Serial converter. direct connection to the RS232 port does not work for some reason.
if anyone can offer suggestions as to what i am doing wrong, this would be a great help.

many thanks.
Keith
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:24 AM

Gday Keith

4.2g is the latest firmware released, so it is up to date.
That said, Starpatch ( freeware ) is a much better updater for the LX200GPS firmwares, as it has much more robust port handling and error checking, and allows dynamic selection of patches, if you choose to load any.
It should work with a true COM port with no problems.
As to the USB2Ser converter, what brand is it?, as many brands dont do a true conversion, and in download mode with the Meade scopes, some can misbehave.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:36 AM

Andrew
m,any thanks for the repsonce. i will download and give it a try. Not sure of the Brand for the USB2 S Coverter, but after trying a few, this was the best that i could find (bought this soime time back for another hobby).
can you describe the procedure for updating, for me?



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

Gday Keith

Re the USB converter, look at the driver it uses, as that will normally tell you who's chipset is in it. Belkins are notoriously unreliable when in download mode with a Meade scope.
As to updating with Starpatch, download and install the app.
Select the handbox type.
Ask the app to check for updates and it will grab the latest rom and patch files.
If you want to apply any of the patches, select the *.spf file,
else just select the rom
If patching, just select the options you want using the checkboxes.
Hit go.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:24 AM

Hi
the driver is a prolific (or something like that) PL3203 (close), and the brand name is Nikki (again close).
have had issues with Belkin before, and i stay away from these.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:13 AM

Gday Keith

If its a prolific, then with the latest drivers, it should be OK, as i have several prolific based units and all work in download mode with no probs.
Based on your real Com port not even working with ASU,
i suggest trying to connect using Starpatch with both the Com port and the usb2ser. I reckon they may both just work.
If so, something probably went wrong with the ASU install,
but i cant help there as i really dont understand how ASU works,
or what it needs ( like dot net etc ).
Starpatch "just works" for anything i have had to do.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

Andrew
will give Starpatch a try to see what happens.

many thanks
keith

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

Keith,

do you have your scope turned on?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

hi
the problem lies with the software (win7). have gone back to xp pro, and all working fine.

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