I'm updating this thread for the benefit of others who are interested and may come along seeking answers to the same questions I posed at the beginning.
To answer my own Questions and Concerns:
It appears that the Autostar Suite Version 2.0 Install disk
does indeed install more components, and in different places than my original install. This is apparent because all the applications are suddenly stable, and many "previously broken" features now work.
I attribute this to windows registry changes and program storage location conventions that changed over the years since the introduction of earlier Meade software, like PictorView.
To begin, after installing from a "Autostar Suite Version 2.0 install disk", the following was the program version list.
- Envisage DSI/LPI 4.0 (2005)
- AutoStar Suite 3.18 (2004)
- ASU AutoStar Update 3.9 (Apr 4 2005 )
- AutoStar Control 1.00
- AutoStarIP 3.21 (2005)
- NetScope 1.00
- EpochIP 2.02 2005 (Not installed in AutoStar Suite)
It is worth noteing that at this point, the AutoStar Suite's Pictor
Menus, previously broken, were now active. However, they brought up the previous
7.24 version of Pictor, not the 7.25 currently installed.
I was to discover that this is because Pictor is installed to the "C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\Pictor\"
folder with the installation of the AutoStar Suite disk. (The previous location for these was in "C:\Pview\"
, a place the AutoStar Suite didn't look. Hence the broken menu. The workaround is to manually update the 7.24 version to 7.25, which I highly
reccommend to any SCSI based Pictor owners, by the way. 7.25 is by far the friendliest, most stable version of PictorView. I have evaluated MaxIM DL v4
for use with the Pictor 416, but find that it has some minor "lockup" quirks, a problem PictorView no longer has.
Next, I applied ASUpdate4wse.exe
, and the following changed:
- Envisage DSI/LPI 5.85 2005
- AutoStar Suite 3.23 2005
- AutoStarIP 3.22 2005
Finally, AutoStar Update 4.6 (Dec 13, 2006)
is the result of a seperate update: "AU2.exe
So, ultimately the original list of revisions was more or less correct, but the re-installation fixed many issues and allowed me to discover rationale for the behavior I was seeing.
Thanks to all who participated in this thread.