For those running Win2000, Linux, or FreeBSD, you might try running the Autostar Updater in a Win98 VMWare session. You can get an evaluation version of VMWare for free at http://www.vmware.com. You will need Win98 install media to create the virtual Win98 session.
Subject: RE: Use VMWare to run Autostar Updater under Win2000, Linux, or FreeBSD Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2000 10:47:39 From: TONY.vonRUDEN@kla-tencor.com (von Ruden, Tony) Last night I verified that you can successfully use the Autostar Update program in a Win98 VMware session under Win2000, but I also found that the 2.2 version, at least, seems to work fine under Win2000 itself. There were problems with earlier versions, I assume? Anyway, Linux and FreeBSD users may still find this tip useful, as they can run not only the Autostar Update program, but also many of the fine astronomy programs out there that were written for Windows using VMware. I'd also like to note that the Autostar Update program behaves really wierdly if you are updating from a 1.x version Autostar (mine was at version 1.2g), with long pauses, disappearing windows, and repeated resets of the Autostar. This is "normal" behavior, and is covered in the Readme.txt file with the release -- it is not a function of the operating system. Tony
Subject: Autostar compatibility Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 17:04:15 From: email@example.com (Badlight) FYI: the Autostar update software also works under WinNT 4.0 (SP6a). I sucessfully "flashed" my unit about 10 minutes after opening the birthday present (THANKS RACH! YOU'RE THE BEST!). I will say this though... that's the worst software I've ever seen (I'm a programmer). It reminds me of some of my first DOS prog --> Windows prog stuff, scarry! -John ------------------------------------------------------- All we have to do is stop idiot-proofing the world and pretty soon we'll run out of idiots...
Subject: RE: Autostar and Win 2000 Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:22:07 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thom Quick) To: TONY.vonRUDEN@kla-tencor.com ('von Ruden, Tony') Tony, Thank you for the response. I am running Win2K SP1 and the Autostar Update V 2.1 and 2.2 both give errors at launch. I did get a call from Meade indicating that there was a registry hack that might work. I tried that and told them it does not work. Oddly the 2.1 version does load and present the continue screen. I have not tried to communicate with my Autostar I am not sure if it would cause problem with the newer firmware. Again thanks for your feedback. And thanks to Mike the "Mighty One of ETX" you do good work Thom -----Original Message----- From: von Ruden, Tony [mailto:TONY.vonRUDEN@kla-tencor.com] Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 10:27 AM To: 'Thom Quick ' Cc: 'email@example.com' Subject: RE: Autostar and Win 2000 Hi, When I wrote that note, I was running the original DELL release of W2k, and had no problems either installing it or running it. I've since applied many of the updates from Microsofts webpage, and the Update program crashes when I try to run it. I haven't tried re-installing it in the new configuration. Sorry. Running Win98 in either a dual-boot configuration or via VWware under W2k or Linux is the only option until Meade releases a version that works. Tony -----Original Message----- From: Thom Quick To: TONY.vonRUDEN@kla-tencor.com Sent: 12/7/00 8:31 PM Subject: Autostar and Win 2000 Tony, I saw your comments on Mike Weasner's ETX site where you indicated that you were able to execute the Autostar Update software under Windows 2000. I have downloaded the software from the Meade site and tried to install it under Win 2K. However it does not install on my system. Do you have any additional info that might help in installing the software. Thanks Thom Quick Coral Springs, FL
Subject: Autostar updater & Windows 2000 Sent: Friday, December 15, 2000 06:09:31 From: firstname.lastname@example.org It appears that getting the Autostar updater to work under Windows 2000 is simple. Delete or rename "C:\Program Files\Meade\Autostar\AutostarUpdate\Context.hlp" The Help Composer will prompt you to say it can't locate this file when the Autostar updater starts, and would you like to search for it. Select NO, and the program will load as normal. Well nearly as normal, you don't get all those error messages about the help files anymore! Mark PS: Thanks to System Internals for their FileMon utility in tracking this problem down.
Subject: Autostar Updater and W2K Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 01:57:45 From: email@example.com (Mark Crossley) Both updater versions A2.1 and A2.3 can be made to run under Windows 2000. After installing the Updater software navigate to c:\program files\meade\autostar\autostar update\ and delete the file called CONTEXT.HLP When you start the updater it will complain that it can't find this file and ask if you want to search for it. Answer NO and the updater will then load. I don't know which version of the help compiler Meade are using, but it doesn't create working output files! I can't say that I recommend updater A2.3 - it has many problems. Mark
Subject: Another way to run Updater A2.4 under Win2k Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2001 21:20:40 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (richard seymour) It's almost too simple: During the installation phase (after double-clicking Auto.exe), select a -higher- installation directory! The default location is: c:\Program Files\Meade\Autostar\Autostar Update\ IF you choose c:\Program Files\Meade\Autostar\ ...it goes in and it runs... without having to delete the context.hlp file. Meade has been notified (i didn't find this) --dick
Posted on Meade's Autostar Update page:
Windows 2000 fix: In order to make Update work under Windows 2000 you
must install or reinstall the update program as follows. When prompted
for the install directory, change it to
"\Program Files\Meade\Autostar Update".
If you reinstalled and you have any ephemeride data you want to
keep, copy it from the old directory
"\Program Files\Meade\Autostar\Autostar Update\Ephemerides"
to the new directory
"\Program Files\Meade\Autostar Update\Ephemerides".
and copying the ephemerides you can delete the old directory
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