Autostar Suite Communication w/ LX90(Autostar497)
Posted 02 April 2005 - 06:22 PM
Posted 02 April 2005 - 06:44 PM
Posted 02 April 2005 - 06:56 PM
Thanks for your reply. I am using the serial port adapter and RS-232 cable that came with my new DSI. I do have available USB ports in addition to the one required for the DSI. I had thought of that too, except I had no idea that the problem could be power related. The message I keep getting is that there is no connection to the telescope.
Posted 02 April 2005 - 07:02 PM
Sorry, that's the DB-9 to RJ-11 adapter and supplied Autostar 497 serial cable.
Posted 02 April 2005 - 07:45 PM
Only way around it was to avoid the port entirely or purchase a different computer. If you buy an Apple like I did you are looking at a USB to serial adaptor anyway. But there are no DSI drivers for the Apple from what I understand - trading one bleeper for another.
One way to test this is to borrow a buddies laptop (non-Dell, I'd recommend an IBM or Toshiba off hand) and then use all the software and cables you have now.
Keep us posted!
And welcome to CN!
Posted 02 April 2005 - 07:50 PM
Posted 02 April 2005 - 11:41 PM
Between using a USB port and another adapter and purchasing a new computer, I think I'd try the USB route first. As near as I can tell, Meade makes no mention of a particular spec on the power of the serial port in its information. Thank you for your help.
Posted 02 April 2005 - 11:44 PM
Posted 03 April 2005 - 12:55 PM
You can get fairly inexpensive adaptors on the net. I bought mine at the local Fry's Electronics store. CompUSA has them too. Not too sure what you have available locally.
Checking the COM port is a very good idea. Too many times in the past that simple little thing has sidelined the best after getting used to USB and just plugging things in. In the old days it was one of the first things we looked at.
Posted 03 April 2005 - 04:51 PM
Does this offer any clues? When I removed the serial cable from the DB-9 adapter I noticed a gap in the gold wire connectors in the adapter. Both ends of the serial cable have four connectors. Inside the adapter there are only three. From left to right (press tab slot up) there are three empty slots,one gold wire,one empty slot,two gold wires and three empty slots. Could it be that I am missing a connector and hence no connection?
Posted 03 April 2005 - 05:00 PM
Posted 03 April 2005 - 05:20 PM
I e-mailed customer support at the distributor where I bought my DSI and plan to call Meade support tomorrow. I'll let you know what I find out. Thanks for your help.
Posted 04 April 2005 - 05:59 AM
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 02:49 PM
All ideas, suggestions, notions and speculations welcome here!
Posted 09 April 2005 - 05:25 PM
Posted 10 April 2005 - 12:23 AM
While you and Goggles sort out the port settings (an amazing number of options that can be set and any one of them can trip you up) you may want to try the USB serial adaptor and run this mess off your USB port. They can be cheap.
Posted 10 April 2005 - 05:59 PM
Thanks for your offer of help. Here are the settings:
Com port 1
Flow cntrl none
Stop Bits 1
Data Bits 8
Com port 1
Stop bits 1
Data bits 8
Flow Cntrl. none
Posted 10 April 2005 - 06:02 PM
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