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    Default Re: A warning for April 6/7 of this year



    Reminds me of Y2K. My computer geek friends thought the world was coming to an end. It came and went. Dogs still barked, their computers still worked, and the toilets still flushed! Lol! Bill
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    Default Re: A warning for April 6/7 of this year

    Our good friend Gabby is away at home for some well deserved R&R and has sent us this info to share.

    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: A warning for April 6/7 of this year

    Quote Originally Posted by burris View Post
    Reminds me of Y2K. My computer geek friends thought the world was coming to an end. It came and went. Dogs still barked, their computers still worked, and the toilets still flushed! Lol! Bill
    Bzzzt: computers still worked because a lot of people put a lot of effort into making sure they would work.
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    Default Re: A warning for April 6/7 of this year

    Quote Originally Posted by Gfamily View Post
    Bzzzt: computers still worked because a lot of people put a lot of effort into making sure they would work.
    Yup, businesses understood that in many cases they'd be driven out of business if they didn't fix the Y2K problem and a lot of IT heads would be purged either directly (when fired) or indirectly (when the company collapsed). Many businesses will not tolerate the failure of mission critical hardware and/or software.

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