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Light on telescope on powerup but nothing from autostar.

I have replaced controllers and cables. I took bottom of telescope off and found wires disconnected. I hooked those back up put it back together but to no avail. I purchased a new power cord, I checked the cable contacts. I was wondering if there was an internal fuse?

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