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My telescope/autostar not working ,will only display startup info on handbox ,then nothing happens !.

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This is sometimes caused by a bad hand controller cable and or corrupted firmware in the hand controller.

Get a new cable first and try it-- if this does does work then RESET the hand controller and reload the firmware using the proper computer cable and Autostar Updater Version 5.9 available here:

http://www.meade.com/support/auto.html

http://www.meade.com/support/Win7_ASU592_Installation.pdf

Posted on Sep 01, 2010

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http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

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Easy.

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That does not help in troubleshooting - can you be more specific?

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