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#1 vomit

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 03:45 AM

Why is Meade in the Stone age still?  I bought an LX 200 ACF last year and just put the Autostar suite on my W7 box.  Why did I even bother?

 

You have to have a serial port (I do not) on your computer  or get the USB-Serial bus adapter.  Great idea Meade.....but the #507 adapter is not compatible with windows 7.

 

Somebody please tell me I am wrong.  I misread something....or there is a workaround.  This is beyond stupid.



#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:21 AM

Vomit

As with all astronomical things 99 percent still use the com port for operation of their accessorys.

It isnt just Meade.

You cant blame telescope and camera makers for Microsoft BLUNDERS.

Most of the older usb to com port adapters worked well with win XP and below but windows 7 has problems with the older models.

Blame Microsoft.

You will need to do a search for a usb to com or rs232 adapter that is windows 7 compliant.

This is why I still use a XP machine for astronomy.

Wait till you get to windows 8.Youll really scream.

Microsoft has everyone  at their mercy plain and simple.

Its just not Meade or you.

 

Regards

 

Mark


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:24 AM

http://www.usbfirewi...rr-usb-017.html

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B004WLA4P4

https://www.gearmo.c...pter-db9-8inch/


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:57 AM

The 507 adapter works with Windows 7.   I'm using it on two different Windows 7 machines in 64 bit mode successfully.   I had some trouble with it at first, but I called Meade and they pointed me to the correct drivers on the Meade web site.  The drivers that came with the software CD with the telescope don't work because they're out of date.   After I got the new drivers installed, everything worked smoothly (well, mostly - there are a few quirks in the software).

 

http://www.meade.com...al/USB_SER.html

 

Charles


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:53 PM

Thanks guys.

 

To Mark: is there anyone of the products listed that you prefer more so than the other (and I assume that one of these products will take the place of the #507 Meade USB-Serial adapter)? 

 

So, to recap, I buy the adapter, download the drivers, and voila', I should be able to update the Autostar through the ASU software?

 

And, I have no intention of going to W8!  I like 7.  XP was very good.  Vista was an abomination.  Indeed, Microsoft is very hit & miss.

 

I appreciate the help guys.  I will try & keep you posted.



#6 Mark Sibole

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:21 PM

Not partial to anyone of them myself.Just install drivers and you should be good to go.I have never had an issue with any of the ones I have used in the past.


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