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dogeddie
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firmware version ETX 125 current? new
      #5609437 - 01/06/13 11:13 PM

I have an ETX 125PE and when I fire up the Autostar the very first screen says it is 43e - is that current? Is it worth an update if not, as I have never tried that. I believe I have the original 497, not the 497ep handset. Thanks

Edited by dogeddie (01/06/13 11:28 PM)


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dogeddie
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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #5615744 - 01/10/13 03:38 PM

Wow - must be a harder question than I thought!

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Photobud
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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #5615881 - 01/10/13 04:54 PM

The #497 ETX Autostar is what the ETX 125 came with.

Note at Meade Support:
Quote:

Important note about #497 Autostars. The classic #497, and the newer #497EP, utilize different firmware that is not interchangeable. However, the #497EP Autostar is backward compatible with prior generation telescope that used AutoStar technology. If you have an older version of the #497, it will continue to work with your existing telescope. AutoStar Updater 5.9 or greater can detect either version and load the appropriate firmware.




Current version shown for that controller is 43Eg

Also at Meade Support:
Quote:

4/13/07
#497 AutoStar hand controller software update.
Version 43Eg (479 KB) is available. To get this new version, use either the 43Eg link to download and unzip the file to the Ephemerides directory of the Autostar Update (ASU) installation directory; or use ASU and press "Upgrade Autostar Software Now" and ASU will download and upgrade the handbox. If you don't already have ASU use the link on this page to download and install it on your PC. New Initialization instructions for Autostar exist.




Safest way is to use Autostar Update as it will check for compatibility.

Edited by Photobud (01/10/13 04:55 PM)


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dogeddie
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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: Photobud]
      #5616133 - 01/10/13 07:40 PM

Thanks. That whole thing makes me very nervous. The old "leave well enough alone" saying. I got a replacement scope from Meade back in July 2010, so I assume that they would have the most current firmware on the refurbished scope they provided me with. Plus I see a date of 4/13/07 for the 43eg version, so I assume I must be okay. If one did decide to try the update, specifically what would you have to re do to the autostar or data to re enter? Thanks alot

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dogeddie
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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #5616312 - 01/10/13 09:37 PM

Also, the cable you are to use to connect the Autostar to your pc still has the old serial RS-232 port, so I would need an adapter. Meade wants $50 for that. Then you have download different drivers to use it. Sounds like a mess.

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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #5618921 - 01/12/13 11:54 AM

If it ain't broke, why fix it?

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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? [Re: blb]
      #5620047 - 01/13/13 12:01 AM

Quote:

If it ain't broke, why fix it?




Agreed


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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #5627263 - 01/17/13 12:09 AM

" specifically what would you have to re do to the autostar or data to re enter?"

cost depends on how handy you are. one can make their 505 cable pretty easy using a telephone handset cord and a serial D9 connector. you would also need a serial to USB adapter. I would only go for the Tripplite Keyspan for about $30. download meade's updater program, and load whatever version firmware you want. (one can also use previous versions if wished) follow the on screen directions. after loading the 497, one has to do a full reset, which clears all your data... time, date, site, and whatever else that does not come with a brand new controller. then calibrate, and last but not least, train the drives.

Theo


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dogeddie
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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: cavefrog]
      #5627577 - 01/17/13 08:15 AM

Thanks for the help - learning more all the time

Edited by dogeddie (01/17/13 08:15 AM)


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Re: firmware version ETX 125 current? new [Re: dogeddie]
      #6213996 - 11/24/13 08:27 PM

I am late to this one, but maybe someone will also be looking for the info. from the 43Eg build.

readme43Eg.txt follows:

Upgrades to 33Ef

Added Zip Codes.
Some serial strings fixed.

Upgrades to 33El

Fixed site problem
Fixed LST display

Upgrades to 34Ec

Fixes moon tracking problem
Improved pointing on second star with LNT module
New LX90 scopes added

Upgrades to 40Eb

Improved pointing on Alignment Stars after Cal Sensors.
Park position now shortest distance on ETX scopes.
Park position fixed after automatic alignment.
Smart Drive is now normalized.
Please see the attached file for the new operating instructions.

Upgrades to 40Ee

Fixed Comets
Add Brightest Star to Utilities, so scope will always show the name
of the alignment stars.

Upgrades to 40Ef

Fixed Polar mode for LX90's (10 & 12)

Upgrades to 41Ec

Added GPS for new LX90 GPS scopes.
Fixed #909 Accessory Port Module to work with LX90's 10 and 12 inch.
Fixed problem on DS2000's mounts with LNT module.
Couple of data base corrections.

Upgrades to 42Ed

Displays how far off polar on two star polar alignment.
Fixed park position on LXD55/75's
Get serial command for daylight savings (:GH# returns 0 for disabled 1 for enabled)
Set serial command for daylight savings (:SH0# disables, :SH1# enables)

Upgrades to 43Ea

New scopes added
Fixed error with longer strings

Upgrades to 43Ed

Fixes problem with LNT module and Reverse L/R on

Upgrades to 43Eg

Added :GW#, :AL#, :AA#, & :AP# serial command.
Fixed IC & NGC in Guided Tours.


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