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Old 21-01-2014, 11:15   #1
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cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

I havwOPenCPN on two laptops, one Vista and new one with Win 8.0.

I had 2.5 on the Vista Machine and still do and Google Earth works Still, but on the newer 3.2 version I downloaded all works except Google Earth. I sort of expected #.2 to override and update 2.5 but it seems to be there as an extra.

Any ideas what I did wrong? THe WIn 8 machine updated version2.5 to 3.2 OK and GE WOrks on it OK

I would like to have the older vista machine running 3.2 with GE if possible as this is now a spare laptop that I will leave on the boat permanently whereas the Win8 machine is in constant use at home.

Anybody have a simple answer please?
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

I had/still have trouble with Google earth on our W7 laptop. When it opens, there is a dialog box with a "Learn More" link, when it freezes on opening. That explains how to fix the registry. If you don't get the dialog box, then Google "Google earth freezeup" or something of that sort. It's a procedure for eliminating some startup files that cause the freezeup.

Good luck.

PS - just found it, try this: https://support.google.com/earth/answer/176180?rd=1
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

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I had/still have trouble with Google earth on our W7 laptop. When it opens, there is a dialog box with a "Learn More" link, when it freezes on opening. That explains how to fix the registry. If you don't get the dialog box, then Google "Google earth freezeup" or something of that sort. It's a procedure for eliminating some startup files that cause the freezeup.

Good luck.

PS - just found it, try this: https://support.google.com/earth/answer/176180?rd=1
THanks BUT I tried and no go. THe Google Earth option doesn't even show as being present to 'enable under tools and plug ins, whereas the others like logbook and Dashboard do.
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

Robin...
The plugin should work just fine with OpenCPN 3.2
I'm assuming you have the current version you recently downloaded from PlugIns | Official OpenCPN Homepage , not some old release that was actual when 2.5 was released copied to the 3.2 installation. I also hope you didn't change the filename so it is gecomapi_win32_pi16_v010_pi.dll
Could I have a look at your logfile (Read down bellow on Installing OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage if you don't know how to find it yet)?

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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

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Robin...
The plugin should work just fine with OpenCPN 3.2
I'm assuming you have the current version you recently downloaded from PlugIns | Official OpenCPN Homepage , not some old release that was actual when 2.5 was released copied to the 3.2 installation. I also hope you didn't change the filename so it is gecomapi_win32_pi16_v010_pi.dll
Could I have a look at your logfile (Read down bellow on Installing OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage if you don't know how to find it yet)?

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AT first I didn't download Google earth plug in because IT was already there on the older version 2.5 but I have tried downloading it again today and still nothing shows on openCPN to launch google earth or 'enable' it in the tools/plug-ins menu. I have found the log filebut how can I show it to you? I JUst tried printing it via notepad and it said 78 pages so I cancelled it.

Sorry s you will realize I'm noT very good withsolving computer problems!

I'm doing this on my other laptop not the vista one where the logfile is..
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

I just copied and pasted the log file below:-



16:12:54: 2014-01-21
16:12:54: ------- Starting OpenCPN -------
16:12:54: Version 3.2.2 Build 2013-05-08
16:12:54: wxWidgets version: wxWidgets 2.8.12
16:12:54: MemoryStatus: mem_total: 3061 mb, mem_initial: 7 mb
16:12:54: SData_Locn is C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\
16:12:54: Using existing Config_File: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini
16:12:54: Styles loading from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\uidata\styles.xml
16:12:54: No styles found at: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\
16:12:54: No styles found at: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\.opencpn\
16:12:54: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 29.2587, -81.0535
16:12:54: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 29.2351, -81.0199
16:12:54: System default Language: en_US
4:12:54 PM: Opencpn language set to: en_US
4:12:54 PM: ChartSymbols loaded from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\s57data\chartsymbols.xml
4:12:55 PM: Using s57data in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\s57data
4:12:55 PM: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 29.2587, -81.0535
4:12:55 PM: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 29.2351, -81.0199
4:12:55 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM6
4:12:55 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM3
4:12:55 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM5
4:12:55 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM4
4:12:56 PM: PlugInManager searching for PlugIns in location C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins
4:12:56 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll
4:12:56 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll Version detected: 106
4:12:56 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/grib_pi.dll
4:12:56 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/grib_pi.dll Version detected: 107
4:12:56 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll
4:12:56 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll Version detected: 106
4:12:56 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGSA to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:12:56 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGSV to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:12:56 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPRMC to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:12:56 PM: ChartDB Cache policy: Application target is 1024 MBytes
4:12:56 PM: Loading chart db version: V017
4:12:56 PM: Chartdb: Chart directory list follows
4:12:56 PM: Chart directory #0: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT
4:12:56 PM: Chart directory #1: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7
4:12:56 PM: Chart directory #2: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\WORLD CHART FOLIO
4:12:56 PM: GPS Watchdog Timeout is: 6 sec.
4:12:56 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US5FL83M\US5FL83M.000
4:12:57 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US4FL85M\US4FL85M.000
4:12:57 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US3GA10M\US3GA10M.000
4:12:58 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2GC09M\US2GC09M.000
4:12:58 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2GC12M\US2GC12M.000
4:12:58 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2EC02M\US2EC02M.000
4:12:58 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US1GC09M\US1GC09M.000
4:12:59 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGGA to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:13:07 PM: EnumerateSerialPorts() Found Garmin USB Driver.
4:13:43 PM: EnumerateSerialPorts() Found Garmin USB Driver.
4:14:01 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM6
4:14:01 PM: Stopping Secondary Thread
4:14:02 PM: Stopped in 1 sec.
4:14:02 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM3
4:14:02 PM: Stopping Secondary Thread
4:14:04 PM: Stopped in 2 sec.
4:14:04 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM5
4:14:04 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM4
4:14:04 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM6
4:14:05 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM3
4:14:05 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM5
4:14:05 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM4
4:14:06 PM: LOGBOOK: 2014-01-21 21:14:06 UTC DR Lat 29.23510 Lon -81.01990
4:15:10 PM: PlugInManager: Deactivating PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll
4:15:10 PM: PlugInManager: Deactivating PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll
4:15:10 PM: opencpn::MyFrame exiting cleanly.
4:15:10 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM6
4:15:10 PM: Stopping Secondary Thread
4:15:11 PM: Stopped in 1 sec.
4:15:11 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM3
4:15:11 PM: Stopping Secondary Thread
4:15:13 PM: Stopped in 2 sec.
4:15:13 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM5
4:15:13 PM: Closing NMEA Datastream Serial:COM4
4:15:13 PM: Chart cache purge
4:15:13 PM: PlugInManager: UnLoading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll
4:15:13 PM: PlugInManager: UnLoading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/grib_pi.dll
4:15:13 PM: PlugInManager: UnLoading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll
4:15:13 PM: Chart cache purge
4:15:13 PM: LOGBOOK: 2014-01-21 21:15:13 UTC OFF: Lat 29.23510 Lon -81.01990
4:15:13 PM: opencpn::MyApp exiting cleanly...
16:18:44:
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16:18:44: 2014-01-21
16:18:44: ------- Starting OpenCPN -------
16:18:44: Version 3.2.2 Build 2013-05-08
16:18:44: wxWidgets version: wxWidgets 2.8.12
16:18:44: MemoryStatus: mem_total: 3061 mb, mem_initial: 7 mb
16:18:44: SData_Locn is C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\
16:18:44: Using existing Config_File: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini
16:18:44: Styles loading from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\uidata\styles.xml
16:18:44: No styles found at: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\
16:18:44: No styles found at: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\.opencpn\
16:18:44: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 29.277, -81.0563
16:18:44: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 29.2351, -81.0199
16:18:44: System default Language: en_US
4:18:44 PM: Opencpn language set to: en_US
4:18:44 PM: ChartSymbols loaded from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\s57data\chartsymbols.xml
4:18:44 PM: Using s57data in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\s57data
4:18:44 PM: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 29.277, -81.0563
4:18:44 PM: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 29.2351, -81.0199
4:18:44 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM6
4:18:44 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM3
4:18:45 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM5
4:18:45 PM: Opening NMEA Datastream Serial:COM4
4:18:45 PM: PlugInManager searching for PlugIns in location C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins
4:18:45 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll
4:18:45 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/dashboard_pi.dll Version detected: 106
4:18:46 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/grib_pi.dll
4:18:46 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/grib_pi.dll Version detected: 107
4:18:46 PM: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll
4:18:46 PM: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins/logbookkonni_pi.dll Version detected: 106
4:18:46 PM: ChartDB Cache policy: Application target is 1024 MBytes
4:18:46 PM: Loading chart db version: V017
4:18:46 PM: Chartdb: Chart directory list follows
4:18:46 PM: Chart directory #0: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT
4:18:46 PM: Chart directory #1: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7
4:18:46 PM: Chart directory #2: C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\WORLD CHART FOLIO
4:18:46 PM: GPS Watchdog Timeout is: 6 sec.
4:18:46 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US5FL83M\US5FL83M.000
4:18:47 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US4FL85M\US4FL85M.000
4:18:47 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US3GA10M\US3GA10M.000
4:18:47 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2GC09M\US2GC09M.000
4:18:47 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2GC12M\US2GC12M.000
4:18:48 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US2EC02M\US2EC02M.000
4:18:48 PM: Initializing Chart C:\Users\Control Freak\Documents\USA CHARTS\REGION 7\ENC_ROOT\US1GC09M\US1GC09M.000
4:18:48 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGGA to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:18:48 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGSA to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:18:48 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPGSV to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:18:48 PM: Changing NMEA Datasource for GPRMC to Serial:COM6 (Priority: 0)
4:19:04 PM: EnumerateSerialPorts() Found Garmin USB Driver.
4:19:51 PM: LOGBOOK: 2014-01-21 21:19:51 UTC DR Lat 29.23510 Lon -81.01990
4:30:00 PM: LOGBOOK: 2014-01-21 21:30:00 UTC DR Lat 29.23510 Lon -81.01990
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

Ok...
I'm actually interested just in a short part of the log from your last run, near the end of the file, find something like
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16:51:41 CST: 2013-12-10
16:51:41 CST:  ------- Starting OpenCPN -------
16:51:41 CST: Version 3.3.1117 Build 2013-11-17
16:51:41 CST: wxWidgets version: wxWidgets 2.8.12
16:51:41 CST: MemoryStatus:  mem_total: 5766 mb,  mem_initial: 294 mb
16:51:41 CST: SData_Locn is /usr/share/opencpn/
16:51:41 CST: Using existing Config_File: /home/nohal/.opencpn/opencpn.conf
16:51:41 CST: Styles loading from /usr/share/opencpn/uidata/styles.xml
16:51:41 CST: No styles found at: /home/nohal/
16:51:41 CST: No styles found at: /home/nohal/.opencpn/
16:51:41 CST: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 28.0218, -82.5926
16:51:41 CST: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 37.8111, -122.444
16:51:41 CST: System default Language:  en_US
16:51:41 CST: Opencpn language set to:  en_US
16:51:43 CST: ChartSymbols loaded from /usr/share/opencpn/s57data/chartsymbols.xml
16:51:43 CST: Using s57data in /usr/share/opencpn/s57data
16:51:43 CST: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 28.0218, -82.5926
16:51:43 CST: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 37.8111, -122.444
16:51:43 CST: Opening NMEA Datastream GPSD:localhost:2947
16:51:43 CST: Creating glChartCanvas
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager searching for PlugIns in location /usr/lib/opencpn
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libvdr_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libvdr_pi.so Version detected: 106
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libdashboard_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libdashboard_pi.so Version detected: 106
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libclimatology_amd64_pi19_v02_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libclimatology_amd64_pi19_v02_pi.so Version detected: 109
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libweather_routing_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libweather_routing_pi.so Version detected: 108
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libgrib_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libgrib_pi.so Version detected: 107
16:51:43 CST: PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /usr/lib/opencpn/libwatchman_pi.so
16:51:43 CST:   /usr/lib/opencpn/libwatchman_pi.so Version detected: 108
16:51:43 CST: ChartDB Cache policy:  Max open chart limit is 20.
16:51:43 CST: Loading chart db version: V017
16:51:43 CST: Chartdb: Chart directory list follows
16:51:43 CST:   Chart directory #0: /home/nohal/MyCharts/BSB_ROOT
16:51:43 CST:   Chart directory #1: /home/nohal/Downloads
16:51:43 CST: GPS Watchdog Timeout is: 6 sec.
And post it here - it will look a little bit different as you are on Windows and your set of plugins is different of course...

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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

Yep, that's exactly the part we needed.
It tells us that OpenCPN does not find the GE plugin at all.
Are you really sure that a file called gecomapi_win32_pi16_v010_pi.dll exists in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins?

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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

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Yep, that's exactly the part we needed.
It tells us that OpenCPN does not find the GE plugin at all.
Are you really sure that a file called gecomapi_win32_pi16_v010_pi.dll exists in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\plugins?

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gecomapiwin32_pi15_... exists is this it??

Ge something.exe was there I tried to open it just now and it says it cannot because something is missing, try another install..
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

Robin...
No it really isn't, get the latest version from PlugIns | Official OpenCPN Homepage to start with.

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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

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Robin...
No it really isn't, get the latest version from PlugIns | Official OpenCPN Homepage to start with.

Pavel
I'm ahead of you, I tried and faile 6 times then opened a GE installer from my 'downloads folder' and it downloaded GE plug in but still does not work. I hate to be beaten but I Have had one stroke already and would like to avoid another just for this, I can use 2.5 still on the old laptop or use my newer Win8 laptop where it does work on 3.2.

Is it perhaps because I still have Opencpn 2.5 loaded and which works with GE? I only really wanted 3.2 for the extended light sector display feature which is easier to use
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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

Robin...
There are 2 different things: 1) Google Earth 2) Google Earth plugin for OpenCPN

There is an installer for Google Earth, which you must run to install it on your machine.

There is no installer for the GE plugin, it is one file you have to download from the location I gave you in the previous post and manually copy into OpenCPN's plugin folder.

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Re: cannot get Google earth running on version 3.2 OpenCPN On Vista

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Robin...
There are 2 different things: 1) Google Earth 2) Google Earth plugin for OpenCPN

There is an installer for Google Earth, which you must run to install it on your machine.

There is no installer for the GE plugin, it is one file you have to download from the location I gave you in the previous post and manually copy into OpenCPN's plugin folder.

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DUH< I TOLD YOU I AM DUMB, THe installer must date back to me putting GE on.

THis laptop had problems and was wiped an re-loaded by a local geek service , losing most of my data and programs in the process, I have done well to get it up to being partially useable as a 'boat only' laptop, this really is icing on the cake of getting something where nothing previously existed after the reload.

Thanks for your help, I will try the file download again if it will work this time....
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Re: SUCCESS!!

One last try and it worked.! I think I will buy a lottery ticket tomorrow.

I suspect my problem were partly caused by my vista reload being a 'worksop special and MS kept trying to tell me it is unlicensed ( it is) however I tried again the download via a mirror site and t worked this time..

What a fantastic resource this forum is, and open CPN a fantastic program too. the geeks I paid mucho monies to were no help really and I ended up buying A new laptop anyway as a result with Win 8 which I don't like much, but I am finally getting used to it more now, Almost a year lter
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