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Re: Guiding
« Reply #45 on: Jan 07, 2010, 06:36:45 »
Carole,

Download GPUSBCheck from Shoestring
http://www.store.shoestringastronomy.com/downloads.htm

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GPINTCheck and GPUSBCheck are simple, free software applications that you can use to verify that your GPINT-PT or GPUSB, computer, and scope mount are all working together properly. You can download them using the links found below. You should use this the first time you set up your system. You can also use it as a debugging tool anytime your system is not functioning properly. If your system works fine with GPINTCheck or GPUSBCheck, but not with your third-party software, then the problem most likely lies with the third-party software and you should contact them for technical support. If your system does not work with GPINTCheck or GPUSBCheck, then you should contact us for technical support.

Download GPUSBNudge while you are at it. 

BTW, I use XP on my laptops.

Mark



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Re: Guiding
« Reply #46 on: Jan 07, 2010, 08:33:54 »
Thanks Mark.
Will check it out. 

Carole

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Re: Guiding
« Reply #47 on: Jan 07, 2010, 09:01:22 »
actually you got a response from *both* guys who developed the software ;)

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Re: Guiding
« Reply #48 on: Jan 07, 2010, 15:38:28 »
Carol just out of interest how many computers do you own?
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #49 on: Jan 07, 2010, 16:54:39 »
I have a desktop - Windows XP which I use for everything except imaging.
and 2 laptops for Astronomy the old one is XP and the other is Vista.

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actually you got a response from *both* guys who developed the software
I hadn't realised that, but that is worrying because they said contradicting things regarding the com port.

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Re: Guiding
« Reply #50 on: Jan 07, 2010, 17:37:57 »
If you have an XP laptop what is all the fuss about? Why not just install it on there?
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #51 on: Jan 07, 2010, 17:46:36 »
you dont need to purchase another copy of windows xp,
just install one of your old ones on to your existing vista one.
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #52 on: Jan 07, 2010, 17:56:15 »
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install one of your old ones on to your existing vista one

Needs to be a "Full" version rather than an "Upgrade" - upgrade versions won't "downgrade", neither will "Rescue Disks" so there could be problems here  :(
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #53 on: Jan 07, 2010, 18:02:46 »
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you dont need to purchase another copy of windows xp,
just install one of your old ones on to your existing vista one.
This is where I have no experience of doing this sort of thing.  I don't have any discs because they all came ready installed with no discs.  So is it possible to take a copy off an existing system?

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If you have an XP laptop what is all the fuss about? Why not just install it on there?
I have managed to install PHD on the XP laptop, but it is probably on it's last legs it has hardly any disc space and I don't know how much longer I can keep it going for.  It is certainly not up to the job of doing DSLR imaging.  So I would like to be able to do everything on the new laptop if possible.  

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Needs to be a "Full" version rather than an "Upgrade" - upgrade versions won't "downgrade", neither will "Rescue Disks" so there could be problems here
I pass on that one, no idea what version I have. 
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #54 on: Jan 07, 2010, 20:10:48 »
Don't forget your old XP laptop, though on it's 'last legs' it has a valid copy of XP Pro on it.  The license number in on a sticker underneath is worth more than the laptop so don't throw it away.  Any install disk for XP Pro will do you to get you going...

Hope that helps
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #55 on: Jan 07, 2010, 21:41:41 »
Thanks Robert,

Yes I remembered you telling me this before, and of course I won't just throw it away.  However I don't want to get rid of the XP laptop you sold me until it's either really had it or not needed any more. 

My Webcam will not currently run on the Vista as there are no Vista drivers available for it (another annoying thing about Vista), and after the way the New Vista laptop behaved when I was trying to do everything on it the other night, I am wondering whether I should have two laptops running anyway.

What I want to do is convert the Vista to XP, run them both using the new one to do the DSLR imaging, and use the old XP for webcam and guiding.  Then if the Old XP laptop dies on me (it has been doing strange things on start up recently), I am not left high and dry with a laptop which will only do some things and not others.

Hope that makes sense.

Carole


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Re: Guiding
« Reply #56 on: Jan 08, 2010, 12:07:25 »
I have various copies of XP that I have access to as long as you have a serial number on the back of the laptop then we should have no problem re-installing XP. Dual booting is ok as long as you have enough disk space and are quite happy working with the various flavours of operating system. I would dual boot, but then again I have 4 laptops and a big server and have be using windows and dos since dos 5.0 and windows 3.11.

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Re: Guiding
« Reply #57 on: Jan 08, 2010, 12:21:17 »
Reminder for Carole
The XP serial No. is on the old laptop not the new one with Vista.
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Re: Guiding
« Reply #58 on: Jan 08, 2010, 13:28:18 »
It should say on the label what version it is, it could be the home edition, which is a bit of a pain but i might have a copy.

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Re: Guiding
« Reply #59 on: Jan 08, 2010, 14:18:03 »
It is Windows XP Professional (1 - 2 CPU) on my old laptop.

Space on the Vista:
C Drive = 69.6 Gb (32.2 Gb available)
Data D Drive = 69.6 Gb (69.5 Gb available)

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