Subject: ETX-LS 1.2g update with a Mac Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2009 23:01:05 From: Scott Recker (email@example.com) Has anyone actually been able to update the ETX-LS firmware to 1.2g using only the Mac OS? I don't believe it can be done. I copied the files onto a MiniSD card (FAT32), and it wouldn't work. When the AutoStar Updater makes an SD card, it formats it as a _bootable_ drive, and also adds a (visible) file called FlashFIRMWARE.bin not present in the original file list. For those who aren't aware, a bootable drive is something that exists for most computer systems, and will start up the computer when it's first turned on. It has special formatting tricks, invisible files, and so on. Few external or removable drives (or cards) are formatted this way. Mac OS X Disk Utility will format an SD card as FAT32 (choose "FAT"), but WON'T make a drive which is bootable by the telescope. A card formatted this way can be used to store the pictures the telescope takes. THIS MUCH you can do without Windows. Oddly, the zip file from Meade (from the link on this feedback page) contains files, in about 5 directories, named vssver.scc, which is a tiny file which I think SHOULD BE DELETED. If installed in the telescope, it shows up in the menus and screws things up. When deleted, it doesn't seem to bother anything. Here's the process that worked for me. (I couldn't get Updater to download the files directly, so I did it this way.) . . . I am running Windows XT using VMWare Fusion on my Mac running OS 10.5. You first have to install the AutoStar Suite, and you need some kind of adapter to plug the MiniSD card into your Mac. Open this page in Internet Explorer, and click the link below to download the update. You will have a zipped file called ETX_LSV1.2g.zip. Double click on it to unzip it - you will then have a directory: ETX_LSV1.2g. Open this and all the directories inside and throw all the files called "vssver.scc" into the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin. Close up all the directories and open "My Computer." Keep opening directories to get to C:\Program Files\Meade\AutoStarSuite\Updater. Copy the ETX_LSV1.2g directory into here. (You will notice a similar directory: ETX_LSV1.02. Guess what THIS is!). Now we're cooking. Close up all the directories and run AutoStar Updater. Click on the button "Upgrade AutoStar Software Now." This will bring up a dialog box. First, choose the ETX-LS from the menu, then check the button "Make SD Card." You can then choose 1.02 or 1.2g! Pick the correct one, push go (oh, yes, put the MiniSD card in), and in a few minutes you will be ready to go. When it's done, close AutoStar Updater, and don't forget to click "Remove External Hardware Safely" or whatever, in the lower right hand corner. Remove the MiniSD card and you can shut Windows down. Yuk! Now take your card and, with the telescope off, push it into the card slot (pins facing to the Right) until it clicks. Turn on the scope, and very shortly, instructions should come up on the hand controller. If not, turn off the scope, take out the card and stomp on it a few times. Or try again. Good Luck! Scott
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