Phil replied to the topic 'Why is INDI not ported over to Windows?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Well, it was a curiosity more than anything else. I couldn't understand why it couldn't be ported to work natively in Windows.

Even with running Linux in Windows, it's still all rather convoluted.

ASCOM in a pain because you have to deal with a splatterfest of apps, and if something doesn't work right the fingers all point in different directions. Been there, done that. That's what I like about Ekos, everything runs from one place.

Of course, it's easiest just to run it on the Pi, but sometimes the Pi's lack of power can get in the way. I've been looking at MiniPCs to load some Linux variant, then install the software and try to set it up as a hotspot like the PI. Linux is too convoluted for me with it's terminal-everything approach to doing things, so I'll just stick with the Pi and deal with it. I do wish there would be a Pi 5 already.

Thanks for your feedback.

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Phil replied to the topic 'Why is INDI not ported over to Windows?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hmm, well, I'm not a programmer, so I don't grasp a lot of this stuff, but it got me thinking about something else.

The setups I've seen so far for running Ekos on Windows is to use a Pi running Astroberry to access the INDI server, apparently via a network.

However since Windows 10 there is the ability to run Linux right in Windows, in what I think is a virtual machine (again I'm not savvy on this stuff):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9YxTXDiiFY&t=560s

So is it somehow possible to run the INDI server from the Linux OS running within Windows? I suppose INDI and libgphoto2 would need to be installed on the Linux OS, or are those already in Linux distros?

The idea is to run it all from one machine and not have the need to have a separate computer running INDI, connected through a network. From what I've seen so far, the present arrangement of running Ekos on Windows is completely impractical.

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Phil created a new topic ' Why is INDI not ported over to Windows?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I see that INDI can readily run on Linux and Mac machines, but it is a total convolution to run Ekos on Windows because the INDI server has not been ported over to run natively in Windows.

Why is that?

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No, they are the same, as you can see below. The userdb.sqlite files are under Astroberry, not Pi. However everything appears to be working, I haven't had an actual session yet, but I did run some cameras through their paces. My Olympus E-M5 Mk II and the Player One Uranus-C are working as they should, so I should be good to go. We'll see.

Thanks again for your help.



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Hmm, OK, well that worked, but the database was under /home/astroberry/.local/share/kstars/userdb.sqlite. After I backed up and copied the file over, the HiPS ALL SKY OVERLAY was turned off, and I had to reinstall all the catalogs in DATA under the KSTARS ADD-ON INSTALLER, which is quite a tedious process. I also got this error message when I opened the ADD-ON INSTALLER box that you see below. I had installed these databases when I initially flash Astroberry, because I believe they are really needed, so I couldn't understand why they weren't recognized as already installed. The installer went ahead and installed (or reinstalled) the catalogs anyway, so I'm not sure what that error message pertains to.

What's odd (for me) is that the userdb.sqlite file was exactly the same file size, for the file I backed up, the one I copied, and a backup file that already existed in the folder.

All's well that ends well however. Thanks for your help.



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My main Astroberry setup has a corrupt driver for one of my cameras, and I don't know how to fix it. However I have a backup Astroberry system on another Micro SD card, and I need to know if it's possible to transfer the flags from the primary system to the backup. The primary works just fine otherwise.

Thanks for any info on this.

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Phil replied to the topic 'indi_playerone_ccd crashed - Uranus-C' in the forum. 1 month ago

Well it turns out the problem was a goddam cable. Even tho it was a USB-C cable, the camera apparently didn't like it.

Unfortunately I've destroyed the Uranus-C driver setup in my primary Astroberry MicroSD card, and I have no idea how to reinstall it. Whenever I try the regular update commands, it tells me everything is up to date. I had to use my secondary Astroberry backup system to get it to work, but that doesn't have my flag data.

Oh well...

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Phil replied to the topic 'indi_playerone_ccd crashed - Uranus-C' in the forum. 2 months ago

Well, I have not been able to shoot 16-bit in Ekos, I was getting one shot then hang, I could only get 8-bit. I then installed what I assumed were updated drivers and I get the image you see below. I removed the drivers and tried to reinstall but I get a message that says the drivers are already installed and does not install new drivers, so all I see is this below when I try to start Ekos with the Player One driver. It just keep looping. Is there a way to force a re-install? Coudl that help?



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Phil replied to the topic 'indi_playerone_ccd crashed - Uranus-C' in the forum. 2 months ago

It's now 5 months since this thread was last updated, and I still have issues with the Uranus-C. At first I couldn't shoot in 16-bit but I could in 8-bit. Player One sent me some drivers to install, and now it just crashes when I try to start it. I removed the indi_playerone_ccd driver and all the libPlayerOneCamera.* files and tried to install the drivers from online, but I keep getting a message that says the drivers are already installed and doesn't install anything.

So now the Uranus-C is dead in the water and I can't use it in any capacity.

Honestly I don't expect any response here, because I've posted about this and had no reply , but it's unfortunate that I can't get the Uranus-C to work in Ekos at all.

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Phil created a new topic ' How do you update INDI drivers?' in the forum. 2 months ago

Is there a way to update the INDI drivers? I have tried...
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt dist-upgrade
...but I still have issues getting my Player One Uranus-C camera to be able to shoot in the 16-bit setting in Ekos. The camera is actually 12-bit, but you can only use a 16-bit setting in Ekos to capture in high bit. It only shoots and captures one image, then locks up. The system itself is not.

I contacted Player One on this issue, and they showed me a video of the Uranus-C working properly in 16-bit on their Astroberry setup. Therefore I can only surmise that somehow my INDI drivers are not the most recent ones, because it's working on their Pi and not on mine.

So is there a way to update these drivers? Below is a screen grab of what my system is listing as versions. With these versions my Uranus-C refuses to work in high bit.

Any help with this is appreciated, thanks.



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Phil replied to the topic 'Player One Uranus-C IMX585 Capture' in the forum. 3 months ago

It's never reassuring when there is no reply to a serious problem with INDI/Ekos...

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Phil created a new topic ' Player One Uranus-C IMX585 Capture' in the forum. 4 months ago

So I've updated my Astroberry system to version 2.0.5, and KStars to v 3.6.0, and I'm running some tests with my Player One Uranus-C IMX585-based camera.

Ekos recognizes the camera, but my file options are FITS or Native, RAW 8-bit, RAW 16-bit, RGB24, and Luma. The camera is a 12-bit camera, so I assume I have to set the camera to record at RAW 16-bit in order to capture the full bit depth data.

However when I do that Ekos only captures the first image it shoots, and then hangs indefinitely. I have to shut down and restart the Ekos session in order to have access to the camera again. If I set the file format from FITS to Native in any bit depth, Ekos simply crashes.

If I set the camera to RAW 8-bit or RGB24, then Ekos can capture a successive series of FITS files without issue, but these are 8-bit per channel format.

Below are the basic settings I have for the Uranus-C.

So how can you get Ekos to record the full bit-depth data from the 12 bit per channel data coming out of the camera?

Thanks.



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Title says it all. I'm considering getting the new Uranus-C camera, which runs off the IMX585 sensor. Has the Player One driver in Ekos been updated to recognize this camera?

Thanks.

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Hi folks, if I'm guiding via PHD2 in Ekos and I want to change the guidecam settings like gain and contrast, if I change them in the Ekos Profile Editor, do they have affect in PHD2, or will PHD2 automatically select the gain values it wants? I see no settings for gain, contrast, etc. in PHD2.

Thanks.

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