Question about Meade 494 AutoStar Telescope Control Unit (Handbox only)

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Telescope control unit AUTOSTART failure

The telescope was turned off when DOWNLOAD funtion was accidentally in operation and the control unit did not respond to intents of interruption by MODE or ENTER. Now the AUTOSTAR does not intiate. It presents only the initial message indicating the version of software "(c)05 MEADE [345] AUTOSTAR", but it does not go further. Grateful for any tips on how to proceed.

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  • ricvalles Aug 04, 2008

    How do I reinstall sofware into AUTOSTAR if I do not make it work (no comms with PC)?

  • ricvalles Aug 05, 2008

    I do not know the software version, but the problem is that I cannot get the autostar unit to communicate with the PC; hence, I cannot upgrade, download or whatsoever unless there is another method to communicate with the autostar different than via com port through Autostar Suite software.

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Hi,

I think your control unit is "bricked"; that is it was in the middle of an upgrade and lost power, the new firmware has not been completely written while the old has been deleted.

However, based on your query "another method to communicate" and since your control unit uses RS-232 serial interface adapter, might not what you need is another communications method other than the PC astronomical software program or with the Autostar Suite software or whatever it is currently using? Have you tried "Hyperterminal"? I just do not think it is available in Vista, XP and lower Windows only.

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In order for you to reinstall the software you should have a computer, you can check this user manual for it http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/AutostarManuals/ASSuiteInstallQuikGuide.pdf

Hope that helps.........

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What version of autostar are you using? try updateing to the newest one

http://www.meade.com/autostar/

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Unplug telescope from powe. Then reinstall software, it should fix it

Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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