Last updated: 28 August 2010
Subject: Getting the LPI to run in a Windows 7 Home Premium XP Virtual Machine. Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 09:43:09 From: Ted Trostle (firstname.lastname@example.org) I found a neat way to get the LPI to run in the Astro Suite when running Windows 7 Home Premium without an upgrade to WIN 7 Pro or Ultimate. It involves setting up a Windows XP virtual machine. This link tells all...go HERE http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/11060/create-an-xp-mode-for-windows7-home-versions-and-vista/ From within the virtual XP machine, I did a fresh install of Astro Suite. Getting the LPI driver to load is not too tricky, but just watch the prompts and commands needed. I have not yet taken photos, but I see the LPI is connected and running. I hope this helps P.S. Basically the solution uses a free 3rd party program to build and then run a virtual machine inside WIN 7 or Vista which then runs your legal copy of WIndows XP. This NOT the Microsoft Virtual XP that requires a WIN 7 Pro or Ultimate version. This works with Vista and WIN 7 Home Premium !!
Subject: Re: How can I get the LPi to work with windows7? Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 00:47:02 From: James Beston (email@example.com) There seems to be some doubts about wether or not Meade's LPI/DSI can be made to work under windows 7. In a recent mail I refered to Ray Tomilinson's excellent work-through to acheive this. http://www.weasner.com/etx/astrophotography/2009/tomlinson/Installing_Meade_%20AS_in_a_Win%207_64_bit_environment.pdf My PC operates Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. To get Windows XP (Professional) mode and Windows virtual PC go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx As far as I know, if you are using W7 Professional and above, you DO NOT need to buy a copy of Windows XP. The installation is simplicity itself! Although I haven't yet tested it in the field all the AS software and Envisage looks fine the DSI & LPI display ok. In fact I am hugely impressed with the whole set-up! Before I found Ray's work through I did download Microsoft's Virtual PC on its own and loaded my own copy of XP into it. I would certainly have had to activate XP (ie buy another licence) so this route was abandoned. As long as you have W7 Professional and above, XP is included in the free download. Two errors I made: For some unaccountable reason, probably advanced senility, I had set Envisage to work in Windows 95 compatibility mode. Don't do this Envisage wasn't around in those days. In XP mode you have to "attach" your usb devices to the system (just a matter a mouse click) I found that if I had "attached" my integral webcam, although the system could see my LPI it couldn't see the DSI if I "released" the webcam the DSI was found ok and thereafter I could also "attach" the webcam. Exactly why I should want to use the web cam while sitting ouside in the dark is a matter of conjecture! Anyway, the whole thing works and works well for me but do read Ray's work well and make sure you follow everything he says. Good Luck and Clear Skies (Not many of them about in the UK at the moment :-( ) Jim PS I have just seen that Microsoft have added a version of Windows XP mode that does NOT require a processor that supports Hardware Assisted Virtualisation Technology. -- Keep it simple - only a few brain cells left!
Subject: My Fix for LPI/DSI Windows 7 Issue Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 21:45:47 From: Doug Waymire (firstname.lastname@example.org) I bought a new HP Compaq laptop to replace my old laptop. It had Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit loaded. I found out that Meade does not provide 64 bit drivers so I could not get my LPI or DSI working. I first tried downloading VMWare and installed XP in the virtual machine but still could not get the LPI or DSI working. No help from HP after 3 phone calls. Finally I bought the full version of Windows 7 Professional and installed the 32 bit version on my laptop. The DSI started working but still no luck with the LPI. I downloaded the Microsoft Windows 7 virtual machine and XP and installed them. Now the DSI, LPI, and USB to Serial adapter (for telescope control) work in the XP virtual machine. If I just want to use the DSI then I can run in Windows 7. For the LPI or both I run in the XP virtual machine. Doug
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