I'm having a heck of a time getting my PC or laptop talking to my LX90/Autostar... The autostar has rather old firmware 43E, which I'd like to upgrade.
first, I discovered my trusty old USB serial cable, Prolific pl2303 based, the current win10 drives announce its EOL and disable it. I managed to force feed it old drivers so now its available as a COM device, but the Autostar Updater just isn't seeing the Autostar. My PC doesn't have any old school "ISA" serial ports, but I do have a quad PCI-Express serial card in it, those ports didn't work either.
Question: Do I need a null modem between the 505 serial cable and the PC DB9 serial port? I have a Null Modem, but its female to female, and the 505 is also female, so I'd need a male-male adapter between it and the null modem (or I'd need a M-F null modem??).
let me ohm out this '505' cable...
at Autostar DB 9 pins
oh crap, its all NC, looks like the crimp on the RJ at the hand controller side didn't do its thing?!?!?
arrgh, back to the vendor.
(an hour later, since I never hit send)...
ok, I took a small flat blade screwdriver, and carefully seated the 4 pins on the RJ9. Now Autostar Updater 6.1 reports I have an Autostar #497, with firmware 43Eg, but when I click "Check WWW for latest version", I'm getting a popup "Could not retrieve version information. Check internet connection". Well, my internet connection is just fine. Now what??