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Old 03-11-2012, 10:54   #16
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Re: Antenna/com trouble

Paul...

Thanks for the feedback. I'll continue to poke around with the Prolific W7/64 driver. I have many dongles, but no access to W7/64 at the moment.

OpenCPN Version 3.2, in Beta now, will support TCP/IP and UDP input of NMEA strings. It will also retransmit strings to serial, UDP, or TCP ports, with filters applied. For some users, this will eliminate the need to run a separate mux application. Look for a fresh Beta in a couple of days.

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Old 05-11-2012, 19:23   #17
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Re: Antenna/com trouble

Thanks for all the help. I have installed Navmon and the virtual comport appears to be working well for opencpn. Navmon actually has a better "dashboard" than opencpn's plugin so I don't mind that I am running another program and it is easier to toggle between the two than to use the plugin. While I really appreciate the effort and concept behind opencpn and know that I am incapable of providing anything close to it, I do think that it is important to lay out its flaws for potential users. The program is UNSTABLE using serial to usb drivers and as all newer computers lack serial connections it seems that this caveat should be front and center for all who are considering using it as a fulltime, reliable chartplotter.
Thanks again for all the help and info.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:38   #18
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... ... ... The program is UNSTABLE using serial to usb drivers and as all newer computers lack serial connections it seems that this caveat should be front and center for all who are considering using it as a fulltime, reliable chartplotter.
Thanks again for all the help and info.
The new beta just announced by Dave (bdbcat) has some major changes that will hopefully have cured those problems.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:51   #19
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Re: Antenna/com trouble

WONDERFUL news about 3.2 and the stability issues w. USB! However, I DID install NavMonPC on my system and it's NOW unbelievably stable. It ran for days. (Originally, it only ran for about a half hour...) I finally unplugged the USB. The ownship "grayed out" in about 5 seconds. then I plugged it back in, nothing more. Five seconds later I had my RED ownship back. :-D This was all done in my living room, so now I need to go put it on a boat and see what happens!
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