I do not use EQMOD but I do use Cartes du Ciel. I would be willing to bet that your problem has to do with your running CdC as Admin. Was there some particular reason that you run it as Admin? I myself have never had the need to run CdC as Admin. With ASCOM, you really need to be running everything as the same user account – either all apps as Admin, or none. If possible, it is much better to run everything under your account (nothing running as Admin.)
FWIW, here is my startup sequence:
- Start ASCOM Scope driver (for me it’s Gemini Telescope .NET)
- Start PHD2, connect equipment
- Start CdC, connect to Scope
- Start SGP, connect all equipment
In my case the order really does not matter, other than that I prefer to start the ASCOM driver first. Otherwise it will close when the last program closes and I prefer to be able to close it manually in case I want to use it to park the mount if necessary.