Possibly some have even become so bad they respond intermittently or not at all at times. Buy another new Autostar 497 handset, or take a chance on a used one in "Good condition, responds well!! These do not seem like very affordable or desirable options, but fear not there is another much better way to fix this situation without dropping the price of a new Autostar 497 handset or taking a chance on a used one.
In this article we will show you one way to fix or recondition your Meade Autostar 497 handset to reliable and easy one touch operations again.
Is my handbox dead or is this a sign that the circuit board in the mount may have a problem?
Thanks Your handbox will need to be reset as when the update didnt complete it locked it up.
I chose the Chemtronics CW2605 Circuit Works Rubber Keypad Repair Kit to use for my Autostar 497 reconditioning. id=32 Next you will need to get a small bottle of at least 91% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the rubber keypad contacts and the circuit board contacts.
I was able to find this at either the local CVS or Walgreens stores.
First you will need to get a Rubber Keypad Repair Kit of some kind, likely you will have to order this or look to a dedicated electronics repair store.
You will need a number one Philips head screw driver; a small jewelers' type slotted screw driver; some cotton swabs like the Q-Tip brand or similar; and a good clean work area where you can leave everything disassembled for a 24 hr period.
OK, once you have acquired all of the necessary tools and supplies you're ready to go to work, lets start by taking the Meade Autostar 497 Handset apart.
I restarted the software, but it could not see the handbox. When I attempt to update, it keeps losing the connection (says to check or change the cable and restart the scope).
I've tried every available baud rate, new cables, and even Star Patch, but nothing works.