Last updated: 4 July 2008
Subject: AutoStar #497 Handbox RS232 Sent: Thursday, July 3, 2008 11:40:41 From: James Rosendahl (email@example.com) I just wanted to drop a note about a purchase I made this week. I have had a problem using my laptop (HP Pavilion 9702 Vista Home Premium 32-bit) to interface with my Meade ETX-90PE AutoStar #497 handbox. I was having problems with COM assignment and the like. I have that perfectly good and relatively unused ExpressCard (34/54) available so I purchased an ExpressCard/RS232 interface (http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SD-EXPC34-1S&cat=CCD) from Geeks.com. It worked straight out of the box, told me what com port was assigned. I then plugged in the ETX, booted up "THE SKY" and was slewing my OTA around no problema. I recommend this to anyone having similar problems, for less than $20 it is working beautifully. Thanx, Happy 4th to all!!! -Jim
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