I have had my EQ6 for about six months now. I have read 100 times John Upton's extensive coverage about connecting this mount at https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html. It helped me get going connecting this mount to my computer. The third time I used this mount, the hand controller USB connection stopped working. SkyWatcher sent me a new hand controller, which got that working again.
While I was waiting on my new HC to arrive, I got my mount connected using the (brand new at the time) direct USB port on the side of the mount. After a few runs with that, my PC desktop and laptop both stopped recognizing my mount being connected. This really got me to thinking that something was going on with my laptop or desktop spiking the voltage and cooking the electronics or something. Well I have been using the HC to PC connection with my new HC for many months now and have had no problems.
But, I still can not connect my mount directly to the PC, it simply does not show up when connected directly. I have tried different USB cables, all of which work normally when used with other devices or through the HC. I guess what I am wanting by starting this thread is to get your opinion on whether I am just the luckiest person in the world when it comes to USB controller failures, or there may be something I am missing to make this work. This did work and I changed nothing when it stopped working. Even if there is some driver issue or other, I would think that Windows would recognize something being connected when I connect the mount, like it does when I connect through the HC. I let this go for a few months since I considered that I may have to send my mount to SkyWatcher, and I'd rather it be dead of winter when I am unlikely to be able to use it anyway.
Thank you for reading.