I fail to update my firmware - What am I doing wrong?


LuckyDuck
 

Hi community,

Since I have this mount I never managed to update the firmware. I gave it an other try with the recent firmware update, but no success.

 To update I use the PMC-Eight Configuration manager version 1.0.3.
The Log looks like:

9       ERR:303-No serial ports found.

8       Path to EEPROM: "C:\Users\AstroLuke\Downloads\PMC-Eight 20A01 Firmware Installation Kit 2021-07-01\20A01.03.eeprom"
7       Path to Propellent.exe:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Explore Scientific Utilities\PMC-8 Configuration Manager 1.0.3\Propellent.exe "
6       Attempting to upload ROM
5       Received: ESGp0000000!
4       Sending via Serial: ESGp0!
3       Received: ESGvES6B09T11!
2       Sending via Serial: ESGv!
1       Mount appears to be connected on Serial
0       The mount does not appear to be connected. Please check your settings and network connection.

I am connected to the mount, I can control it, but when updating it says "serial not found"...

Thanks!
Lukas

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Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES AR152 refractor, Tamron zoom-lens 70-300 mm
Cameras:  Sony a6000
Msc: none
Software: Siril, Affinity Photo, Sony Remote Control


Wes Mcdonald
 

Lukas

For now I would t recommend you change your firmware or driver.  

Have to think about your error messages
Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


LuckyDuck
 

Hi Wes,

yes, it's not urgent at all. I would just want to be able to do it in future.

thanks for thinking about it.

Lukas
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Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES AR152 refractor, Tamron zoom-lens 70-300 mm
Cameras:  Sony a6000, Nikon D5500
Msc: none
Control: N.I.N.A, Stellarium, Sony Remote Control
Post-Processing: Siril, Affinity Photo


LuckyDuck
 

I don't know if it is related, but I also often get this error when trying to connect to the mount:

Create              Creating device
Connected           Connecting to device
Error               System.IO.IOException: Ein nicht vorhandenes Gerät wurde angegeben.
 
   bei ASCOM.Utilities.Serial.set_Connected(Boolean Connecting) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.Utilities\ASCOM.Utilities\Serial.vb:Zeile 520.
   bei ASCOM.ES_PMC8.Telescope.set_Connected(Boolean value)
   bei CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite , Object , Boolean )
   bei ASCOM.DriverConnect.ConnectForm.btnConnect_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.DriverConnect\ConnectForm.cs:Zeile 268.
Dispose             Disposing of device
Dispose             Completed disposal
ReleaseComObject    Releasing COM instance
GC Collect          Starting garbage collection
GC Collect          Completed garbage collection



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Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES AR152 refractor, Tamron zoom-lens 70-300 mm
Cameras:  Sony a6000, Nikon D5500
Msc: none
Control: N.I.N.A, Stellarium, Sony Remote Control
Post-Processing: Siril, Affinity Photo


LuckyDuck
 

PROBLEM Solved!!!

I quickly tell my storie in case anybody else runs into the same issues as I did:

1) I got the Exos-II with PMC-eight. Everything worked fine. I primarily used the serial connection.
2) After some time I thought it might be nice to update the firmware, but it always threw an error (see below)
3) This week I had to reinstall windows on my telescope-computer and suddenly I couldn't connect to the pmc-eight anymore...
4) I tried everything...including a new FTDI-chipset cable (I used an old profilic-chipset before and it was fine besides the firmware update). But even with the new FTDI-chipset I couldn't connect via Ascom.
5) Accidently I noticed that I can connect with the new FTDI-cable via the PMC8ConfigurationManager! Strange?! but still not via Ascom, ERROR: System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040402): Timed out waiting for received dataSystem.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040402): Timed out waiting for received data
6) But luckyly now the firmware update worked and I updated to 20A01. Still no connection via Ascom...
7) I checked out the new PMC-Eight 2A01 Configuration Tool 1.0 and it told me:
21:45:51.441 ESGi1152000000040040000900060011010!
21:45:51.441 Mount Type Error!:Please Select G11 or EXOS2 Mount,
             and Press SET New Configuration
21:46:01.316 OK
 
21:46:01.316 Sending Config String: ESSi1152000000040040080900060011010!
21:46:01.331 REBOOTING PMC-Eight System...
21:46:01.331 UPDATE SUCCESSFUL!


8) Now the connection via Ascom is fine :) and I have a updated firmware...
9) Looking for some clear skies :D
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Mounts
: ES PMC-8 EXOS-2
Scopes: ES AR152 refractor, Tamron zoom-lens 70-300 mm
Cameras:  Sony a6000, Nikon D5500
Msc: none
Control: N.I.N.A, Stellarium, Sony Remote Control
Post-Processing: Siril, Affinity Photo


Wes Mcdonald
 

Lucky

Great!

The instructions for upgrading to 20a01 do mention to set the mount type.  Can’t say why you were not connecting.  But so glad it’s working.  

Did you load the install pack recently from the link in the Es web page?  The link is relatively new and rolled back an advanced driver that was bugged.  You should have a driver with a date of 4-10D. It is shown in the Es driver setup page reachable by using the poth setup button for the telescope.



Wes



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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired