Last updated: 9 March 2009

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Sent:	Sunday, February 8, 2009 12:14:26
From:	MJS (mjscharmack@beyondbb.com)
I have inadvertently downloaded and installed the wrong Build into my
Meade Autostar #497 and it junked the unit.  Here's how to fix it:

1.  Always keep a copy of your older working Build copy (ie. 43Ea). 
Otherwise go to Meade's website (meade.com) and download it.  Click on
"Downloads" then click on "AutoStar Update."   Near the bottom of the
page you will see "Autostar Model #497 version 43Eg (479 KB) is
available.  Click on the "43Eg" and save it to your computer.  Remember
this is a Zip file so you must have a program to unzip it.

2.  Unzip 43Eg and place only the "Build43Eg.rom" file into the
following directory:

C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\Updater

You don't have to unzip the "readme43Eg.txt" file there (its just wasted
space used)

3.  On your #497 controller, hold down the "Enter" and the "Scroll Down"
key at the same time and turn on the Autostar controller on the
telescope's mount.  It will come up with some wording that the Autostar
unit is ready to accept a flash update.

4.  Start the Autostar Update program and select the "Update Autostar
Software Now"

5.  Select the radio button for Local:      Select from versions on the
hard drive:

6.  You will see a selection bar and it may still have 59Ef available,
go to the arrow down and click it.  It will fold down all available
Builds available and click on "43Eg" or the like.  Anything but the
dreaded #497 killer "59Ef."  You will hear that familiar "beep" from the
Autostar hand box then the download is complete and your unit will be
back to normal.

7.  Go back into the "C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\Updater" file
and delete the "Build59Ef.rom" file and that should put an end to that
Mike here: There is an archive of all older versions on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info: AutoStar Software Archive page on this ETX Site.
Subject:	Bad install 59Ef correction
Sent:	Tuesday, February 10, 2009 18:12:45
From:	Kevin & Terri (asterixhb@tiscali.co.uk)
Fantastic website. Have used this for many things since buying my LXD 55
SCT about 4 years ago. The help and advice is really appreciated.

I've just downloaded the latest version for my Autostar, 59Ef, and lo
and behold; it crashed. I found the fix on the following page but found
it was slightly incorrect (in my case. Don't know whether it will be the
same for everyone.

 At the point where it says :-
    2.  Unzip 43Eg and place only the "Build43Eg.rom" file into the
    following directory:

    C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\Updater
...I found it needs to be placed into the subfolder "Ephemerides"; namely:-

    C:\Program Files\Meade\AutostarSuite\Updater\Ephemerides
Hope this helps anyone.
Kev G.

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Subject:	Read a successful recovery from 59Ef upgrade.
Sent:	Sunday, March 8, 2009 19:53:46
From:	stange (stange34@sbcglobal.net)


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