Today, the bad news is I was getting ready to leave (sail covers off, dinghy
stowed, etc...) and found 6 litres of diesel
in my Perkins
The good news is I had a spare lift
pump; replaced it; changed oil
; and will sit for a day answering emails, and checking a few websites to ensure I swapped out the right part...and hope the wind
freshens a bit.
For you, the bad news is you didn't need Winzip. Sorry.
The good news is you have everything you need...that's the expectation anyway.
There is a support forum for all questions Navigatrix.
Navigatrix.net • Index page
Technical questions should be directed there.
There is a post on this very subject.
Navigatrix.net • View topic - Make It Work!
However, I think it lacks a little clarity so I'll see if I can bore you to tears.
It sounds like you have a proper installation on the USB stick. You did download, and use, the Installer that was on the Download page
Navigatrix.net • Download
and not use Winzip to open the file navigatrix.iso and write it to the stick?
I'm assuming, yes. You did say you followed the instructions.
What you create is called a LiveCD. It functions like a CD, or DVD, but still functions like a USB stick.
When you run Navigatrix from the stick, memory card, or whatever medium you installed it on, everything needed to make the computer work is on that stick, card, whatever....
When you hit the power button and the computer comes alive there are set of basic instruction that tell it what to do. The computer needs to pull itself up by it's own bootstraps, or boot up.
This is the boot sequence. It checks if there is a CPU; a working keyboard; and all the other paraphernalia that goes with it...the Basic Input/Output of the System (BIOS) It then looks for further instructions; a hard drive; a CDROM; an external hard drive, CDROM; or...a USB stick.
The trick is to get your computer, as it looks for further instructions, to go to that USB stick first, and not your hard drive, not your CDROM, not your network...the USB stick, which is inserted in its slot waiting to be called.
This is why this is the hardest part about using Navigatrix...or any other LiveCD. You need to modify the BIOS to use the stick first.
It's actually not hard. It's just intimidating.
Turn off your computer.
Insert the USB stick in your favourite slot.
Fire up the machine.
Just after turning it on, press the Del key to enter the BIOS menu.
Some computer use other hotkeys; those could be F2, F10, F11, ESC, etc. The hint is normally displayed at the bottom of the boot screen
My little Acer is F2.
Still having trouble? Check out:
BIOS Access Keys for Popular Computer Systems (Gateway, Toshiba, Dell, etc.)
How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS
This is generally a blue/white or black/white screen
Across the top will be some options:
Main Advanced Security
Power Boot Exit
or something similar.
Use your arrow keys and move over to something that's like "Boot"
You will see a list of bootable devices on your machine. Read the instructions (most like in a side panel) and move your USB device to the top of the list...or equivalent.
Many newer computers
detect the USB device as a hard drive (USB-HDD0)...just another thing that make the process a little intimidating. But it's ok.
Find it; change it; save it; and you won't have to do this again.
Frequently saving these new settings is F10. Read what your screen tells you.
After you have saved the setting; exit.
The machine will now reboot off the USB stick and into the Navigatrix system.
When you are done having a look around, power off the system via the little Manta
icon in the lower left corner...the "Menu".
When it's shutdown completely; remove the stick. The next time you power up your computer it will be just as it was before.
Want to use Navigatrix again. Power down the machine. Insert the USB stick. Power up.
Booting off the stick takes anywhere from 30 to 60 some seconds.
Test out your GPS
by just plugging it in. Look for a network connection under the little 'network' icon in the lower right toolbar.
Play around. Beat it to death. It's nearly indestructible. Just don't unplug the stick when it's running.