Originally Posted by bewitched
There is only one RS232 COM port on the laptop.
There are 2 USBs, but I can't get them to read the GPS - any ideas on this?
Your problem is probably the quality of the USB/RS232 converter. I had a similar problem to you and was also feeding a laptop with a single
RS232 and also a USB slot. I got very frustrated trying to set my machine up (NASA AIS, Shipplotter, Maxsea 10.3, Virtual passage
planner, Franson GPSgate). I eventually proved that the NASA was not sending me the data by use of an led. Once that had been replaced, I started working out the reason for no gps data. I tried three different serial/USB converters and was still convinced that this was the problem, having proved that data was being sent on the serial
cable, and having proved that no data was being seen in the laptop. I found EasySYNC Ltd: Cables
and in particular their premium product which flashes an led in the plug
during data flow. The installation
in XP Pro was problem free. The instant the system was connected, it worked. I have recommended the company to a number of friends, and each time this product has worked without any difficulty. I would not use any other product. GPSgate allowed instant connection to all three pieces of software and allwed all three to be running simultaneously (if your laptop is man enough!)
The additional benefit is that you can trace where the signal is getting stopped. Most people balk at the wrong GPS signal for the default setting, but you obviously have that bit covered.