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Old 24-12-2009, 01:27   #1
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C-Map / GPS Problem

Would appreciate any help with this one as we have tried everthing we know.

We have got Max Sea version 10.1.3.2 on our laptop and recently purchased a USB GPS reciever BU-353 . We installed the gps using the driver and it recieves a signal and appears to be working.The problem is that is is not communicating with Max Sea and will not give a position. We have tried changing the com ports but keep getting this message from Max Sea "Cannot open serial port Com1" if we change the port the same message comes up with whatever port we have chosen.

Our laptop only has USB and a paralell port and a small port to connect a mouse it has no Serial ports . As our version of Maxsea is quite old does the gps need to be connected to a serial port to work with Max Sea.

Any advice would be very welcome but can you try and keep it not too technical.

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Hello, the BU353 comes with a software to generate a simulated serial port. Install the driver from the included CD, then restart your computer. Insert the GPS (you will always have to attach it to the same usb port!) and then check in your system settings (device manager) what port was assigned to it.

Otherwise, you may wish to give opencpn a try, which will read USB GPS as well as being free
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Sightly off topic,, will Win 7 be compatible with CMap ?
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Old 24-12-2009, 03:15   #4
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Hello, the BU353 comes with a software to generate a simulated serial port. Install the driver from the included CD, then restart your computer. Insert the GPS (you will always have to attach it to the same usb port!) and then check in your system settings (device manager) what port was assigned to it.

Otherwise, you may wish to give opencpn a try, which will read USB GPS as well as being free
Did all that and still have the same error message coming up.

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Next I would try a different GPS programme such as the one cited above for troubleshooting (see if it works in other setting).
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Assuming you are running Windows, you can check the com port using Hyperterminal to see if it's working. Match the speed, parity, flow control and you should see good NMEA 0183 data stream. If Hyperterminal can see the GPS, Maxsea should be able to see it.

You can check the speed, parity, flow control in Device Manager under 'Ports' to see how the com driver is set.
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Assuming you are running Windows, you can check the com port using Hyperterminal to see if it's working. Match the speed, parity, flow control and you should see good NMEA 0183 data stream. If Hyperterminal can see the GPS, Maxsea should be able to see it.

You can check the speed, parity, flow control in Device Manager under 'Ports' to see how the com driver is set.

I'm running windows xp .I have gone into device manager ports com + lpt to check devise status and it says device is working .Speed,parity and flow control are all set correctly.How do i check the com port using Hyperterminal ? my device manager runs using Huawei.
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I know this doesn't really help - I had a similar problem with our old laptop and gps using Seaclear. It turned out that if I had plugged anything else into the USB port, the gps would no longer work in that port until the drivers were reinstalled. Not sure why.
I have since made sure that the one USB port was dedicated to the gps only.
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I'm running windows xp .I have gone into device manager ports com + lpt to check devise status and it says device is working .Speed,parity and flow control are all set correctly.How do i check the com port using Hyperterminal ? my device manager runs using Huawei.
Hyperterminal: Start-Programs-Accessories-Communications-Hyperterminal

Setup a 'call' with the com port, speed, parity, flow control settings to match the gps. Your should see the NMEA0183 data flying by once you get the settings correct. You can adjust the settings using 'properties' if you don't get it right the first time.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'my device manager runs using Huawei'. WinXP device manager is: Control Panel-System-Hardware-Device Manager-then go to Ports. You can look at the properties of a port to see what the settings are. You can also change the settings here.

I hope this helps!
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I bought one a similar cheap USB GPS, and found it did not work with the old CMAP program, but did work with hyperterminal, Seaclear, and OpenCpn. Near as I can tell, it may be that the structure of the RMC sentence is slightly different than the other GPS's. Anyway, for $25 it works with OpenCpn and gives me AIS capability with CM93 charts, so thanks for all your hard work Dave!
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Sightly off topic,, will Win 7 be compatible with CMap ?
I tried it with TinyWin7, no problem at all.
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We have solved our gps problem {found the answear in an old thread} Turns out we needed to change the GLL setting to GGA in the data input/output area.

Thanks to everyone who got back to us.

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Sightly off topic,, will Win 7 be compatible with CMap ?
affirmative, I have it running on both win 7 32 and 64 versions
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We have solved our gps problem {found the answear in an old thread} Turns out we needed to change the GLL setting to GGA in the data input/output area.

Thanks to everyone who got back to us.

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I thought of that, but your initial post send me in another line of thinking

people not getting around it can always use Franson's GPSgate as interface between the GPS-mouse and your navsoftware
I found out to need GPSgate anyway to make maxsea 10 work under Vista or Windows 7

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