Program Code for Astro-Physics GTO Keypad
The firmware of the
Astro-Physics GTO Keypad controller can be updated
to version 4.19.3 from this page by following
the procedures below. This firmware contains all program logic for the functions,
menus, entry screens and all other aspects concerned with the operation of
the keypad. It also includes the calculated values of the solar system objects
and calibration stars. The keypad version number displays when you start your
keypad. If you need to download the object database firmware, please refer
to either of these links for details:
Version 4.19.3 can be uploaded to all Keypads, regardless
Keypads with version 4.19.3 can be used with the following
control boxes: GTOCP1, GTOCP2, GTOCP3 and GTOCP4. However, if your GTOCP4
has version P02-01 or later firmware,
refer to Version
4.19.5 for Astro-Physics GTO Keypad-Code Load Only.
* * Check These Before You Start * *
- GTOCP1 or GTOCP2 servo control box. Check version of the
ROM chip in the your GTO servo control box. It must be dated later than January
22, 2001 to enable this flash update process and utilize all the features
in this version of the keypad. You can check this by removing the cover
of the GTO control box and checking the date written on a label attached
to the ROM chip. Please contact Astro-Physics if you
need to order a new chip.
- All GTOCP3 and GTOCP4 control boxes can be used to update your Keypad firmware.
- GTOCP1, GTOCP2 and GTOCP3: Straight-thru serial cable is required. You
cannot use a "null modem or crosswired" cable. In recent years,
all mounts were shipped with the proper serial cable. If you do not have
one, you can order a 15' cable from Astro-Physics. We recommend USB-to-serial
adapters with the FTDI chip or the Keyspan adapters. We do not recommend
USB to serial adapters with Prolific chips.
- GTOCP4: Straight-thru serial cable is required. USB,
Ethernet and WiFi downloads are not supported at this time for the Keypad
updates. If you are using a serial cable, You cannot use a "null
modem or crosswired" cable.
In recent years, all mounts were shipped with the proper serial cable.
If you do not have one, you can order a 15' cable from Astro-Physics. As
stated above, if you must use a USB-to-serial adapters, be sure that it
has an FTDI chip. We have also had success with Keyspan adapters. We do
not recommend USB to serial adapters with Prolific chips.
- Control box, Keypad, power cable and power supply (or battery) are required for
the upload. The upload
procedure to the keypad requires that the program be routed through the
ROM chip in the GTO control box. In order to accomplish this, your control
box must be set up with power near your PC. The mount and motor cables
are not required.
- Windows-based computer required for upload.
- User name and password to access the download area
of our website. This information was provided
in the cover letter shipped with your mount. If you do not have the user name
and password, contact Astro-Physics. If your name is not already registered
in our GTO database, we will ask for your mount or keypad serial number
to assure that you are authorized to access this area of our website.
We suggest that you fill out and submit the mount
Release Notes and History of Revisions
GTO Keypad - Release
Notes and History of Revisions - PDF document
Instructions for Uploading Firmware to Your Keypad
Follow the Instructions for Uploading
V4.19.3 To Your Keypad. We suggest that you print them as a reference.
Download Program to Your Computer
Keypad 4.19.3 and
Upgrade Tool This includes
both the Keypad Upgrade Tool and Keypad Flash Update version 4.19.3 as one
download file. File size: about 3.7 MB
IMPORTANT - Uninstall any previous versions of the Keypad
firmware from your computer before installing the new files.
Click on the above link to initiate the download. Make note of the location
that the file was stored on your computer. Find the Keypad_Loader_V4193.exe
file that you just downloaded. Click on it to run the installer.
GTO Keypad Controller, V 4.19.3 - PDF document
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