I have a frustrating connection problem!
I have Raytech ST60, Raymarine RL70CRC,
and other seatalk
instruments connected to a Raymarine
NMEA/Seatalk Interface (E85001). I am trying to to get them to "talk to" a my laptop
using an old copy of Raytech 4.1 that I found on my boat. I don't seem to be getting data from the interface to my laptop
. If I open up the E85001. the Seatalk
LEDs are lit, but not the NMEA
LEDs. I am not sure if the issue is a software
issue of an interface issue. According to the E85001 manual, the computer connection is to an RS232
interface. This seems to be wired correctly, but then I have to use a RS232
interface to USB adapter to connect to my laptop.
My laptop is runnign Windows 7, SP-1, 64 -bit. So my question is:
- is the old Raytech 4.1 software
incompatible with Windows 7? (it does seem to run, but the problem is that it doesn't seem to detect any interuments); or
- is the problem simply with the RS232 to USB conversion?
If anyone has ideas or suggestions, I would welcome them. I would invest in the latest software if I have confidence that its a software issue, but don't want to spend the money
if I am just fighting the hardware!