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Etx-ls update to 1.2g failed, how to i restore or try the update again the autostar iii handbox does nothing

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    My telescope is 6 etx-ls. It has been out of use for some time and now the 'scope refuses to recognise the autostar 111 handbox. whrer can I get a replacement in the uk?

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Easy.

If the firmware in your Autostar crashes and you cannot access the "DOWNLOAD" menu item on your handbox, you can use the "SAFE LOADER" feature of your new Autostar software. To get into the safe loader, follow these simple steps: 1. Make sure the Autostar and ETX are turned off.
2. Press and hold the "ENTER" key and the Scroll Down Key located to the right of the help key on the Autostar handbox.
3. While depressing both keys, turn on your Autostar power switch. This will require you using both hands.
You should see "FLASH LOAD READY" on your display. This indicates that you can proceed to Update new software to your Autostar.

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