Last updated: 31 July 2009
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[30 Mar 09]
Meade has released a new model AutoStar #497. Pending further investigations, users should NOT use the following applications to update the new model AutoStar:
• Meade's AutoStar Update application 4.6 (Windows)
• AutoStarX 1.4.1 (Mac OS X)
• Lin_AutoStar 1.4 (Linux)
Further information will be posted as it becomes known.
Subject: Updating Autostar #497 from V59E7 to V59EF Sent: Monday, June 1, 2009 06:57:45 From: Bob Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) I just successfully updated an Autostar #497EP (new chip) from V59E7 to V59EF using ASU V5.6. The upgrade process was a little scary because it only allowed upgrade from the web even though the ASU 5.6 Ephemerides folder (on my computer) had a build59EF.rom file. The ASU process also did not define the upgrade version that it was downloading from the web. When the upgrade process initiated, I was asked if I wanted to upgrade the database; I clicked "Yes". After about 15 minutes (about 60%), I was asked if I wanted to upgrade the program; I clicked "Yes". After an additional period of time (about 80%) I was asked if I wanted to update another item (I think it was the Flash Updater); I clicked yes. After about 86% (I guess that is Meade Speak for 100%), ASU advised me that the update was a success. Sure enough, a restart showed V59EF. Interestingly, The update did not obviate my time, site, date data. I hope this helps. Bob Harris
And a valuable tip:
From: johansea (email@example.com) > The upgrade process was a little scary because it only allowed > upgrade from the web even though the ASU 5.6 Ephemerides folder > (on my computer) had a build59EF.rom file. Yep, but if you rename it to BuildEP59Ef.rom your ASU will find it and allow a PC based update Much safer than the net version. Why Meade don't download first, then process is beyond me. Andrew Johansen Melbourne Australia
Subject: New Firmware Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 16:49:35 From: Meade Customer Service Did you know there are two types of #497 Autostar? The newest, designated the #497ep, utilizes an updated chipset. However, in light of the newer, faster, chipset, the #497ep firmware doesn't work with the older #497 Autostar and vice versa. Meade has just released a new firmware version for the #497EP, version 5BE2, which is accessible once you upgrade to the new Autostar Update (ASU) Client. If you have an older version of the Autostar Update (ASU) Client (version 5.1 and earlier) the updater cannot tell the difference between the two controllers. Go to the link below to download and install version 5.6 of the Autostar Update Client Application. This new version of the updater can detect which Autostar controller you have and download the latest version for your Autostar. http://www.meade.com/support/auto/Au2ver56.EXE We would encourage all Autostar users to upgrade to the new client app. Meade Customer Service
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