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Subject: RE: Sitecom CN-104v2 USB to serial cable driver (Windows7) Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 12:14:30 From: Piet van Leuveren (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks for your answer.
Subject: Sitecom CN-104v2 USB to serial cable driver (Windows7) Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2010 13:15:43 From: Piet van Leuveren (email@example.com) Since I bought a new laptop computer with Windows7 installed my Sitecom CN-104v2 USB to serial cable driver is not working. I need this driver for the connection with my Meade telescope. Can you provide me with the right driver for Windows7? Thanks in advance. Kind regards, Piet van LeuverenMike here: As noted frequently on the ETX Site (and elsewhere), some USB-serial adapters have problems communicating with the AutoStar. See the article "AutoStar and USB" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page. There is a brief item there about Windows 7. I recommend Keyspan adapters, although since I don't use Windows, I don't know the status a Windows 7 driver but I would assume they have one.
Subject: Node Allocation Failure Sent: Monday, June 7, 2010 10:32:47 From: David Pulley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Can some cast light on my problem? I have a 5 year old ETX125 and 497 controller. When I connect the controller to my IBM laptop, running Windows XP, via the RS232 port and press F9 for the remote handbox, all works fine and I can control my ETX. I am using Autosuite ver 5.50. When I now connect to my LX90 with a 497EP controller running 5C1 software I get Node Allocation Failure message when trying to connect to the remote handbox. I am using the same IBM laptop, running the same software, and using the same cables and adaptors. If I now replace the 497EP with my old 497 plugged into the LX90 all works well again. Connecting the 497EP controller to my ETX125 with the IBM laptop and same cables gives the Node Allocation Failure. My last trial was to replace the IBM laptop with my desktop (home built) running Windows XP Professional and Autosuite 5.50. With my old 497 handcontoller, same cables and ETX125, again all works well. When I replace the controller with the 497EP still using my desktop and same cable set with the ETX125 I again get the Node Allocation Failure. Any ideas? Could there be a software bug (note I had the same problems with 5B1 software) or possibly a faulty controller? Or could it be something else. David
From: richard seymour (email@example.com) It is purely and simply a firmware bug in the 497EP. (The details are that they've built an Autostar with more memory, and different memory mapping. Remote Handbox uses a two-byte protocol for setting up the "menu tree", but the 497EP speaks a three-byte protocol (well, it -needs- to speak three bytes, but their "port" of the firmware is sending a truncated two (of those three) and the menu system gets trashed. It is a "node" on the menu tree which is not getting allocated, and Remote Handbox complains.) The StarMap section of Autostar Suite should work properly with the 497EP, and the "Hand Control Panel" (alt-H in Autostar Suite)... consider it a "remote handbox, without the menu tree". have fun --dick
I forgot to mention: Andrew Johansen has written a patch to partly fix the 497EP menu system, *and* his "MyScope" PEC Editor has a Remote Handbox that can use it. (the label "PEC Editor" does not begin to describe the features of his application) Available from: http://members.optusnet.com.au/johansea have fun --dick
Thanks to everyone for the prompt response. One final question. Does anyone know if Meade intend to fix this? Regards DavidMike here: Given enough time and resources, all things are possible.
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