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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6



    Just a heads up that the Audiostar patch is now up for A1F7
    It should only be used if you have an affected GPS unit. ( ie LX90s )
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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6

    Gabby is currently away at home on vacation but sent us this info she received to share with you guys.

    You can fix your scope's GPS problems by downloading and installing our free patch kit for the Autostar's firmware.
    It requires a PC-to-scope connector cable and (depending upon your PC) perhaps a USB-to-serial adapter.
    Then visit http://www.stargps.ca/starpatch.htm to pick up the free (for this purpose) StarPatch program.
    If you can have your PC attached to the scope and, at the same time, connected to the internet, it becomes a case of:

    (a) hook it up, turn on the scope.

    (b) fire up StarPatch and tell it what kind of Autostar/scope you have

    (c) it will offer to fetch the newest patch kit (v21 for v4.2g in the Autostar) and firmware, let it do so.

    (d) you will be presented with a "tick list" of features in the patch ... scroll to the bottom of that and tick the

    [Fix GPS Rollover bug] choice.

    (e) then tell it to proceed with the process ... it has a progress bar, and takes about 15 minutes.

    (half of it goes very quickly, and half at "Meade speed" (paid-for copies of StarPatch do it all quickly).

    (f) when it tells you it's done, you may exit StarPatch, turn off the scope and disconnect everything.

    That's it. The patch adds 1024 weeks to the (wrong) date it gets from the GPS receiver.
    The receiver will properly work out your position.
    have fun

    --dick

    p.s. "GPS Problem"? No ... it was a known design compromise in the old GPS signal. Some receivers (such as the Sony that Meade used in the early LX200GPS in 2002) handle it properly. There are many work-arounds, and the Autostar's updateable firmware makes it relatively easy to address.

    Our patch will also handle the problem if the Sony should mess up within the next few years.

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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6

    Gday All
    Patches for the 497EP (5CE1) and later Audiostars ( A3S4 ) are now posted
    Again, only required for LX90s with flaky GPS lumps
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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6

    Just a second heads up
    Many users may be using a "non GPS" Meade mount but have an early StarGPS NX01 lump.
    These lumps are also hit by the bug ( the NX02 are OK )
    If you have an NX01, and have a registered copy, then the handbox patch put out will also correct the NX01 feed.
    The owner of StarPatch is also looking at putting in place a means to have the NX01 itself updated, but till then, the handbox patch will work as well. Ref StarPatch site for more details on that
    https://www.stargps.ca/manual.htm#GPS-Rollover

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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6

    And last one, the RCX400 patch is also tested and now loaded on StarPatch site
    Again, remember to select the "GPS Rollover" option if you have been hit by the bug

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    Default Re: GPS problems after April 6

    Gday All
    Just a heads up
    The last stage patches are now out for the 497/Audiostar type handboxes.
    This final patch is only required if you have a faulty "StarGPS NX01" receiver, but didnt buy the full integration pack
    Ie you just bought the receiver unit only and it sets the date using the :SC commands
    If you have a "registered" copy of the integration patch, you do not "need" to load this last patch.
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