Last updated: 9 March 2008
Subject: Autostar Suite-Envisage Meade LPI Installation with Windows 2000 Sent: Saturday, March 8, 2008 16:24:13 From: Nohr Tillman (email@example.com) I came across your site trying to solve a problem I have been having getting the Meade LPI working on my system. What follows is a solution you may find value in for posting to your site. I hope to contribute "non-problem" ideas in the future as I continue to learn my new toy. Keep up the good work! I could not get my LPI camera to work with AutoStar Suite. Three calls to Meade Customer Support resulted in 6 uninstalls and re-installs. Their last recommendation was to send me a replacement CD, which I am sure will/would not solve the problem. Thoughts that the LPI camera may be bad were also considered, except successful installation on an XP computer dis-spelled that. I have searched the 'net and have seen 2-3 others with my same problem, including a gentleman who wrote on your site and gave up and went back to Windows 98 to get his stuff working. I have resolved this myself, and wanted to offer my solution in case it may help someone else in a similar situation. The Computer: IBM 600E, 400 MHz PII, 288 MB Ram, USB 1.1 Windows 2000 Pro, automatic Windows Updates The Scope: Meade ETX-60AT AutoStar 494 LPI The AutoStar Suite: CD Installation Disk Version 2.0 Envisage 4.0 The Problem: Installation of the AutoStar Suite was smooth and completed without needing any reboots. When plugged in, Windows 2000 recognized the Meade LPI, installed resident drivers, appeared in Device Manager as an Imaging Device, and appeared in Add/Remove Programs as Meade LPI software. At the same time, the LPI red LED lit up and appeared to be working. Launching Envisage yielded no "live" imaging, and in the Telescope tab, Imager drop-down box showed "no Imager". The Fix: I have spent an entire Saturday thinking about the problem, and getting every Windows Update possible for my OS. Without the gory details, here is my solution. Envisage needs DirectX and .Net to operate. Numerous updates from Windows Update were required to get everything (be patient, it does take many tries to get everything). Even though I have Windows automatically update, it only gets the High Priority fixes. You have to run the Custom search to get all of the Windows 2000 updates. Then, once the Optional updates are installed, you have to run Windows Update again, and again, to get the security fixes for the optional updates. I'm not sure if it was DirectX or .Net that was the most important, but after getting everything, I tried AutoStar install again. I had un-installed AutoStar Suite and the LPI Driver so the computer acted like it had never seen it before. I ran the installation disk and followed the questions. When asked to overwrite newer files, I answered no to every one. With all the Windows updates, my computer had newer files than the install disk. When done, I plugged in the LPI, watched it find and install the driver and took a deep breath. I then launched Envisage, and proudly saw a "live" LPI tab and active pixels appearing on the screen. The Telescope Imager drop-down box now shows "LPI" as the device. All is well and I hope to get some acceptable images out of my beginner (but I love it) scope. Meade will get a report of my experiences, and maybe they can add this to their support help for (admittedly out-dated) Windows 2000. Thanks for the read, Nohr Tillman Troy, MI
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