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Old 17-12-2011, 13:46   #1
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Laptop as a chartplotter

I was recently given a Garmin Colorado handheld gps. I find the small screen cubersome to view. I was wondering if there is any way to interface with my laptop running Windows xp?
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Re: Laptop as a chartplotter

No. There are no data ports on small handheld GPS receivers that transmit chart images to other devices. NMEA data yes, but not images.

You could though buy a GPS antenna with a USB connector that plugs to your laptop. Then load freeware or paid chart software onto your laptop.
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Re: Laptop as a chartplotter

You can interface the GPS function to your computer and run a free software program like SeaClear or OpenCPN to do the charting. We have been doing this for years with a handheld Garmin 75 connected to our computer with a USB to Serial adapter connected to the GPS. Works like a charm. Chuck
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This model Garmin has a USB connection point and cable, guess I am good to go.
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