Dick Seymour's (autostaretx) firmware patch kits for Meade's LX200gps and RCX400 Autostar II.

Download (use your browser's "Save As..." feature) the files, unpack them, and follow the instructions in the ReadMe file in each one.
Only bother to download the patch kit specific for the version of firmware you are trying to patch. There are multiple kits for some versions, the ones with more letters in the name (1g6b vs. 16b) usually include the less-lettered version.
have fun
rseymour(at)wolfenet.com

Link to: LX200gps and LX200R , RCX400 kits


RCX400, LX400ACF

Note: the current patch kit for the RCX400/LX400ACF is first posted in the RCX400 Yahoo group's Files area in the Patches folder.

patchRCX21ii7.zip
Dick's 7th edition patch kit for 2.2i.. Has: 10x finer Tracking Rate, HP On at start, 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, Andrew's PEC editor, adds :EF command,display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Improved Sun GoTo. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patchRCX22i.zip
Dick's 2nd edition patch kit for RCX400 firmware v2.2i..
Has: 10x finer Tracking Rate, HP On at start, 'Take Fix Now',
Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,
(from http://members.optusnet.com.au/johansea )
display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking,
front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt,
expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero.
Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe.
2nd edition has corrected range-check for 10x tracking rate.
Release date: 23-apr-2007

patch22gg2.zip
Dick's 2nd edition patch kit for RCX400 firmware v2.2g..
Has: 10x finer Tracking Rate, HP On at start, 'Take Fix Now',
Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,
(from http://members.optusnet.com.au/johansea )
display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking,
front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt,
expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero.
Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. Release date: 3-Mar-2007

RCXearly21h.zip
Early-release mini-kit for the RCX400 v2.1h firmware.
This provides the Utilities/Take Fix Now function.
This kit also reports that it was 'woken from Park' in the new :GW# command response, even if not aligned at all.
(If you do align, the correct response for your form of alignment does appear).

patchRCX21b.zip
Normal RCX patch kit for firmware 2.1b


LX200GPS, LX200R and LX200ACF

Note: the current patch kit for the LX200GPS/LX200R/LX200ACF is first posted in the LX200GPS Yahoo group's Files area in the patches folder.

patch12bCombo.zip
These are the combined Regular and GPS-readout batch, patch and readme files for Dick Seymour's patches for the LX200gps firmware version 1.2B. In order to install them, you will also need the file "Astarpat.exe" from the -current- patch kit(s) located in the Files/Patches section. Double-click on the appropriate Click-me file to have the patch applied to Meade's firmware, then download the result to the Autostar. bave fun --dick

patch13t.zip
Dick's first patch kit for 1.3t ... adds Display/Edit for Drive Training, Satellite AOS times shown to the second, optional automatic start-satellite-tracking. Unpack into the ASU/Ephemerides folder and read the Readme13tt.txt file. have fun --dick

patch1g3t.zip
Dick's kit 1.3T with added rs232 command :gr# which returns a random GPS receiver sentence. Please read the Readme for details. have fun --dick

patch14d.zip
Dick's updated Patch Kit for v1.4d firmware. Allows Display/Editing of Drive Training data, expands GuideRate speeds to 200% of sidereal (fixes the silly message, too), allows automatic start-of-satellite-pass tracking, displays satellite rise-time to the second. Read the two text files for full instructions. Does NOT have extra GPS readout features. Have fun --dick

patch14g.zip
Dick's Patch Kit for v1.4g firmware. Allows Display/Editing of Drive Training data, expands GuideRate speeds to 200% of sidereal, allows automatic start-of-satellite-pass tracking, displays satellite rise-time to the second. Read the two included text files for full instructions. Does NOT have extra GPS readout features. Have fun --dick

patch15C.zip
Dick's normal patch kit for v1.5c ... provides the ability to display and edit your Training values (no longer hangs Autostar); The ability to set the Guide Rate to 200% maximum; Satellite Pass predictions displayed to full-second accuracy; Optional automatic start of satellite pass tracking. Does NOT attempt to give sidereal tracking back to Polar Training. A displays-Temperature version shall appear later. have fun --dick

patch1T5Cfix.zip
Dick's (repaired, 13-March) TEMPERATURE READOUT and POLAR TRAINING patch kit for v1.5c ... Adds a Utility Function (Telescope Status) displaying the internal temperature sensor's readout. Restores Sidereal motion during Polar Training. Also includes: provides the ability to display and edit your Training values; The ability to set the Guide Rate up to 200% maximum; Satellite Pass predictions displayed to full-second accuracy; Optional automatic start of satellite pass tracking. have fun --dick

patch16B.zip
Dick's Patch Kit for v1.6b: Display and Editing of Drive Training Values ; Automatic Satellite Track starting at down-count=zero ; Guiderate range expansion to +200% (from 100%) ; Version number change from 1.6b to 1.6B (uppercase B ). Unpack in Ephermerides folder and read the ReadMe file. Have fun --dick

patch1g6B.zip
Dick's GPS-enhanced PECcish Patch Kit v1g6B for v1.6b: Display PEC values during Train and Update! Display and Editing of Drive Training Values ; Additional GPS receiver output via :gpr# serial commands; Automatic Satellite Track starting at down-count=zero ; Guiderate range expansion to +200% (from 100%) ; Version number change from 1.6b to 1g6B (lower g, uppercase B ). Unpack in Ephemerides folder and read the ReadMe file. Have fun --dick

patch1p6B.zip
Dick's PECcish Patch Kit v1p6B for v1.6b: Display PEC values during Train and Update! Display and Editing of Drive Training Values ; Automatic Satellite Track starting at down-count=zero ; Guiderate range expansion to +200% (from 100%) ; Version number change from 1.6b to 1p6B (lower p, uppercase B ). Unpack in Ephemerides folder and read the ReadMe file. Have fun --dick

patch1g6B.zip
Dick's GPS-enhanced PECcish Patch Kit v1g6B for v1.6b: Display PEC values during Train and Update! Display and Editing of Drive Training Values ; Additional GPS receiver output via :gpr# serial commands; Automatic Satellite Track starting at down-count=zero ; Guiderate range expansion to +200% (from 100%) ; Version number change from 1.6b to 1g6B (lower g, uppercase B ). Unpack in Ephemerides folder and read the ReadMe file. Have fun --dick

patch17ka.zip
Dick's Corrected (twice) patch kit for v1.7k: displays/edits drive Training, displays PEC during Training/Updates, adds :fpr# serial command, allows automatic satellite tracking, allows Guide Rate to be set to 25,700%. have fun --dick

Click_17k_suite.zip
Batch files to allow 17k patch kit to be used in the Autostar Suite's Ephemeris folder. Fetch the path17k kit -and- this file. Unpack both in \ProgramFiles\Meade\AutostarSuite\Updater\Ephemeris and click on -these- files to patch an existing copy of BuildLX1.7k.rom. have fun --dick

patch2M0i.zip
Patch kit 2M0i for 2.0i.. fixes the :MA (Move Alt/Az) serial command, provides Training Display/Edit, PEC display during Training (corrected from 2m0i), automatic start of satellite tracking, adds a :gpr# serial command to receive GPS data directly. Fetch the file, unzip it, read the README. 19-May-2004 Have fun --dick

patch3p0d.zip
Dick's (corrected) Patch Kit for v3.0d: adds Drive Train Display/Edit, displays PEC Train/Update results, allows greater than 100% Guide Rate, adds :gpr# serial command to see everything the GPS receivers reports, optional automatic satellite start-of-track, optional override of 'Not Aligned' test. Read the ReadMe and first chunk of patch3p0d.txt file. have fun --dick

patch3q0i.zip
Dick's improved patch kit for 3.0i ... Fixes PEC Init on power-up. Remembers Tracking Rate adjustments across power cycles, Displays and Editing Drive Training results, displays PEC Train/Update results, adds :EP 'Peek' serial command, allows 200% Guide Rate, adds :gpr# and :gpx# serial commands to see everything the GPS receivers reports, optional automatic satellite start-of-track, optional override of 'Not Aligned' test. Read the ReadMe and first chunk of patch3q0i.txt file. New single ClickMe.bat

patch3r0i.zip
Dick's newest patch kit for 3.0i ... Can Use "?" to start a SYNC. Fixes PEC Init on power-up. Remembers Tracking Rate across power cycles, Display/Edit Drive Training results, display PEC Train/Update results, adds :EP 'Peek' serial command, allows 200% Guide Rate, adds :gpr# and :gpx# serial commands to see GPS receiver reports, optional satellite start-of-track, optional override 'Not Aligned' test. Read the ReadMe and first chunk of patch3r0i.txt file. Single ClickMe. have fun --dick

SyncPatch30i.zip
Mini-kit to use "?" key to start a SYNC procedure (hold-enter still works). Requires AstarPat.exe from a normal 3.0i patch kit, does not require installing the normal patch kit, but is compatible with it, too. Have fun --dick

patchLX30IE.zip
Newest patch kit for 3.0i ... Can Use "?" to start a SYNC. Fix PEC Init on power-up. Remember Tracking Rate across power cycles, Display/Edit Drive Training results, show PEC Train/Update results, adds :EP 'Peek' serial command, allows 200% Guide Rate, adds :gpr# and :gpx# serial commands to see GPS receiver reports, optional satellite start-of-track, optional override 'Not Aligned' test, finer Custom Tracking Rates. Read the ReadMe. Requires StarMod (included) or StarPatch. have fun --dick

patch40LR.zip
Dick's 4th edition patch kit for 4.0l... has 'save custom tracking', 10x finer Tracking Rate control, hooks for Andrew's PEC editor, autostart of satellite tracking, can turn OFF front power panel at power-up, display/edit TrainDrive, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patchLX41bb.zip
Dick's 2nd edition patch kit for 4.1b... display/edit TrainDrive, 'Take Fix Now', supports Andrew's PEC editor, autostart of satellite tracking, can turn OFF front power panel at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patch41bbTR.zip
Dick's 3rd edition patch kit for 4.1b... display/edit TrainDrive, 10x finer Tracking Rate control, 'Take Fix Now', supports Andrew's PEC editor, autostart of satellite tracking, can turn OFF front power panel at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patch41bG7.zip
Dick's 7th edition patch kit for 4.1b... Shall add "? for Sync" display/edit TrainDrive, 10x finer Tracking Rate control, 'Take Fix Now', supports Andrew's PEC editor, autostart of satellite tracking, can turn OFF front power panel at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patch41iiC.zip
Dick's patch kit for 4.1i..
Improved 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, 10x finer Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

42aPatch.zip
Dick's patch kit for 4.2a..
Has: 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, 10x finer Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

42g1Patch.zip
Dick's 1st patch kit for 4.2g..
Has: 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick
Does not have 10x Finder Tracking rate and "? for SYNC"

patchLX42gg3.zip
Dick's 3rd patch kit for 4.2g..
Dick's 3rd Edition patch kit for 4.2g.. Adds: HP On at start, Has: 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor, display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero, has 10x finer Tracking Rate and limited "? to SYNC". Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick

patchLX42gg11.zip
Dick's 11th patch kit for 4.2g..
Dick's 11th Edition patch kit for 4.2g..Fixes Southern PARK, Adds: HighPrecOn at power-up, Has: 'Take Fix Now', Remembers Custom Tracking Rate, supports Andrew's PEC editor,display/edit TrainDrive, autostart of satellite tracking, front power panel OFF at power-up, kill '0 to align' prompt, expanded Guide Speed, etc. Sets GPS/UTC to zero, has 10x finer Tracking Rate. Replaces Pluto with Sun. Fetch, unzip, read the ReadMe, click the ClickMe. have fun --dick