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Trouble with the EQ6R-Pro USB Port and EQMOD

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Hi,

Has anyone had any success using the USB-B port on the side of the new Atlas II and EQ6-R Pro mounts?

I have no issues using a traditional EQDirect cable. But when I connect directly with a USB A to B cable, no device (in /dev) is created for the mount. Digging in, it looks like the mount uses a Prolific 23d3 (USB HID to SPI), rather than the more traditional USB to Serial bridge. I'm wondering if I'm missing something obvious, or if I'm stuck using the EQDIR cable for the time being.

I'm using a Stellarmate, FWIW.
1 year 11 months ago #64609

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Have you tried to set the hand controller into DirectPC mode?
This thread on CN can help you: www.cloudynights.com/topic/644409-eq6-r-pro-pc-connection/
1 year 11 months ago #64624

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Please open a terminal on the Stellarmate without the mount connected and type

dmesg -w

This will print out a lot of kernel messages and wait till all is printed. Then plug in the mount. New messages should appear. Can you post those here? Type CTRL-C to exit dmesg.


Wouter
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ASI6200MM and 7 slot 2" filter wheel with a SkyWatcher Esprit 80 ED on a SkyWatcher HEQ5-Pro
ASI1600MM-Pro Cooled and 5 slot 1.25" filter wheel with an 8" TS Ritchey-Chrétien on a SkyWatcher EQ6-R
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Hi Wouter,

Here's the dmesg output:
[  885.494425] usb 1-1.2: new full-speed USB device number 11 using xhci_hcd
[  885.631476] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=067b, idProduct=23d3, bcdDevice= 4.05
[  885.631496] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[  885.631513] usb 1-1.2: Product: USB-Serial Controller
[  885.631530] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
[  885.631545] usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: AECOb19B616

Here's the detailed info from lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 011: ID 067b:23d3 Prolific Technology, Inc.
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass            0
  bDeviceSubClass         0
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  idVendor           0x067b Prolific Technology, Inc.
  idProduct          0x23d3
  bcdDevice            4.05
  iManufacturer           1 Prolific Technology Inc.
  iProduct                2 USB-Serial Controller
  iSerial                 3 AECOb19B616
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength       0x0027
    bNumInterfaces          1
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0
    bmAttributes         0xa0
      (Bus Powered)
      Remote Wakeup
    MaxPower              100mA
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           3
      bInterfaceClass       255 Vendor Specific Class
      bInterfaceSubClass      0
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            3
          Transfer Type            Interrupt
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x000a  1x 10 bytes
        bInterval               1
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x02  EP 2 OUT
        bmAttributes            2
          Transfer Type            Bulk
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0040  1x 64 bytes
        bInterval               0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x83  EP 3 IN
        bmAttributes            2
          Transfer Type            Bulk
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0040  1x 64 bytes
        bInterval               0
can't get device qualifier: Resource temporarily unavailable
can't get debug descriptor: Resource temporarily unavailable
Device Status:     0x0000
  (Bus Powered)
1 year 11 months ago #64627

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Hi Hades,

I have one of the newer mounts with a USB port built into the mount body. II'm not using the hand-controller.

www.cloudynights.com/topic/665052-new-usb-port-on-eq6-r/

I've tried a few things, but haven't seen any answer for my specific problem.
1 year 11 months ago #64628

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Hi Androgena,

Strange that no device gets created. Have you tried the Scan Ports button in the Main Control tab of the mount tab in the INDI Control Panel?


Wouter
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ASI6200MM and 7 slot 2" filter wheel with a SkyWatcher Esprit 80 ED on a SkyWatcher HEQ5-Pro
ASI1600MM-Pro Cooled and 5 slot 1.25" filter wheel with an 8" TS Ritchey-Chrétien on a SkyWatcher EQ6-R
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Hi Androgena,
I'm using the EQ6-R with the USB-B port on the connector panel. I'm working with astroberry 2.0.3 and the mount works with the eqmod driver without problems. I'm just plugged in the USB cable to mount and RPi, load the eqmod driver and it was ok.

Hope you will fix your problems!

Best regards


Jürgen
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Hi Androgena,
I even don't know that there is such upgrade, this is cool :)
What happens if you connect this mount to a Windows PC? Is there a new COM device in Device manager detected?
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Connection tab in indi-eqmod driver: Try baudrate: 115200
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Hi Jürgen,

Any chance we could see the output of `dmesg` and `lsusb` from your astroberry? I'd be interested in knowing if you have the same serial controller I do.

I have a suspicion that there might have been a hardware change. Knowing what you have would answer that question.
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Hi Hades,

Unfortunately, I don't have a windows machine to test with. I'll try on my Mac later tonight.

I was pretty excited to have the USB port, and to get away from the EQMod cables. Thankfully they are still an option if I can't get the USB port working.
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Hi Androgena,
here you see the lsusb from my EQ6-R:


As already worte by Seescho it is important to set the Baud rate to 115200, otherwise ist doesn't work.

Once the mount is seen by EKOS I have the following informations in the INDI mount tab "firmware": Firmware 0307, mount code 0x23.

Do you have tryed another USB cable? Hope you get your mount working!

Best regards


Jürgen
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