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Updating your SkyScout with 64 bit systems

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#1 snowdragonusa

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

Until Celestron comes out with drivers and an Update program compatible with 64 bit systems here is a work around.

Be aware that the Windows Virtual PC in XP Mode is for Win 7 Enterprise, Pro, and Ultimate. This tutorial covers this situation only. There may be similar options for Vista and Win 7 Home editions.

1. Download the Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode from: http://www.microsoft...ows/virtual-pc/

2. Install the XP Mode and then the update for the Virtual PC

3. Once installed and the system has been rebooted, start the Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) in XP Mode via the START button.

4. The WVPC will finish an initial setup and then open a terminal.

5. If you do not already have the SkyScout Install CD then:
From within the WVPC terminal open Internet Explorer and download the SkyScout drivers and Update Software. Save these to the desktop.

NOTE: All of the download and installs from here on are from within the WVPC terminal!

6. Extract the Drivers and Update Software to the desktop if needed.

7. Connect your SkyScout to the PC and power it on. Your main computer will try and install with no success. This is OK.

8. In the WVPC terminal window click the 'USB' menu option. The SkyScout should appear in the list. Click the SkyScout option to attach it. Your main PC will install a virtual USB driver devise.

9. The WVPC will then bring up a window to install the new hardware it has detected. Either insert your SkyScout CD or select the option to manually show Windows where the drivers are.

10. If telling Windows where to install from, select the second check box and browse to the USB Drivers folder on the desktop.

11. Allow the hardware installation to proceed as normal.

12. Once the drivers are installed it is time to install the Update Program. From within the WVPC terminal double click the SkyScout Update Program install file.

13. Follow the normal install instructions.

14. Once complete your SkyScout id ready to be updated!

15. Start the Update program.

16. Connect and turn on your SkyScout if not already connected and on.

17. If the program says the SkyScout is not connected make sure the SkyScout is attached via the USB menu option in the terminal window.

18. The program should recognize the SkyScout and you can check for updates!

NOTE: If the Update program shuts down the SkyScout during a download to conserve battery power, you may need to reattach the SkyScout from the USB menu option on the terminal menu bar.

I hope this helps at least some of you get your SkyScout up and running on your 64 bit system.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:30 AM

and I didn't see this post first....I've not played with the Microsoft VM, so I'll try to give this a shot.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 01:39 PM

Hit my first issue. I have Home Premium. That apparently doesn't support virtual machines. It did a check of my system when I did the downloads and didn't complain, but when I try to run it I get a message saying this version of Windows 7 doesn't support it.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 02:02 AM

You will not be able to run the XP Mode on Win 7 Home editions. You can try running just the Virtual PC without XP mode. You will need to create a virtual machine from that terminal once you install.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:30 AM

Dealing w/ software issues in electronics:
Are you able to update SkyScout using the Ubuntu OS
which can be installed and booted from a flash drive.

When I updated my SC I had a friend who hadthe right OS.
I don't think he has that OS any more.


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