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Ssfe Loader for Autostar 3 (for ETX-LS6)

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#1 leewk



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Posted 22 May 2010 - 05:46 AM


While performing a firmware upgrade the Autostar 3 hanged for a long time. Power was removed and then the  LCD screen went blank. Power on-off several times but the LCD screen still showed a blank lit screen. Try doing a 'safe loading' by using the ASU Help; i.e by pressing '9' key in quick succession immediately upon power on. Tried but no luck. Alsl tried with 1 press of the '9' key. Still same.

Any advise ?

#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:20 PM

as this is a new model I am not familiar with it.
Please call Customer service as they should have the info available for this model.
Sorry I couldnt have been more help


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Posted 10 June 2010 - 07:07 AM

"Safe Load" with an LS- or ETX-LS telescope requires the use of a miniSD memory card.

(a) get a miniSD memory card (256MB to 2 GB , -not- "SDHC")
(:) attach the miniSD card to your PC
© using Meade's ASU,  tell it to "Update Autostar", but tick "make SD" on the update screen.
(d) the firmware is a 200+ megabyte file, so the transfer from Meade can take a LONG time.
(many hours on dial-up)
(e) after the "make SD" is finished (and that takes many minutes, even with the firmware already on your PC), exit the Updater, tell Windows to "safely unplug" the miniSD card.
(f) turn off the LS telescope
(g) plug the miniSD card into the socket on the telescope's arm.
(orientation: miniSD printed label is on face -closest- to telescope, the metal contacts are on the face -away- from the telescope. The "notch" on the card is down)
Be careful to gently and fully "seat" the card.  The last millimeter of travel will latch it into place, flush with the bottom of the dished depression. 
(h) turn on the telescope.
(i) watch the LED on the power switch.  It should come on and be -solid- after (at most) a blink or two.
If it starts continuously flashing, it is unable to "boot" from the miniSD card.  If that happens, try making a -different- miniSD card.
(j) assuming the light is solid, the handbox should light up and invite you to copy the SD to NAND.
Press ENTER to start that process.
(k) during the next half hour, the handbox screen will display the file transfers in progress.
(similar to the status display line on the bottom of ASU during minSD card creation)
(l) when the copy is complete, the handbox will instruct you to reboot the telescope.
(m) turn off the telescope, remove the miniSD card (push it in one more mm to unlatch it)
(n) turn on the telescope... it should boot into the new version.
(o) the initial boot screen may show the -old- version's boot loaded number, but the final running version will be the new one (so you may see "1.3" before "1.4a" really launches).

good luck

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