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    Default Re: How to Upgrade Firmware on Skywatcher Synscan Handcontroller GOTO

    Just to add to the confusion ...

    Win 7 with converter added. SynscanAZ handset. HC Version reports back

    . Hardware 3.06 : Firmware 3.09 : Database 3.27

    The latest update on the website seems to be 4.36.02

    When I try to upload it I get an error message "Version 4.xx firmware does not work on 3.xx Hardware.

    Am I missing something? (Often am!)

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    Default Re: How to Upgrade Firmware on Skywatcher Synscan Handcontroller GOTO

    Quote Originally Posted by Daft Dave View Post
    Just to add to the confusion ...

    Win 7 with converter added. SynscanAZ handset. HC Version reports back

    . Hardware 3.06 : Firmware 3.09 : Database 3.27

    The latest update on the website seems to be 4.36.02

    When I try to upload it I get an error message "Version 4.xx firmware does not work on 3.xx Hardware.

    Am I missing something? (Often am!)

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    Closer reading of the website revealed v 3.36 as the latest

    Sky-Watcher Telescopes

    Sorted now ...

    Anyone upgraded the Goto Motor Control firmware?
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    Once, it took me 3/4 reads of the manual for that bit to sink into my skull, luckily minutes from the thing being thrown out the window! lol I had like no words

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    Default Re: How to Upgrade Firmware on Skywatcher Synscan Handcontroller GOTO

    One thing that struck me as a bit odd that has managed at least to avoid my notice when browsing through firmware update descriptions is how to configure the speed on the serial port. Most of the descriptions just refer to this as if things don't work then change the speed on the hand controller to Low and try again. However I would rather suggest the following procedure (on Windows).

    1. Use the device manager to check the properties on the serial port you plan to use.
    2. Make sure you set the speed of the serial port to 115200 (this being the key since in most case Windows default to 9600 and then you are really asking for trouble if you try and upgrade a hand controller wanting higher speed).
    3. Try the update procedure.
    4. If the update fails then use the device manager to lower the speed of the serial port to 9600 and then set the hand controller to Low
    5. Try the update procedure once more.

    I had no trouble at all upgrading my hand controller using steps 1-3 but I am rather sure it would have failed miserably if I hadn't first boosted the speed from the default 9600.

    /Eskil

 

 
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