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Old 22-03-2014, 12:36   #1
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gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

ok -- first i am any thing but a techie -- so please be gentle

i just visited the great shopping mall in the west (called the usa) and got a dell pro 8 tablet that runs windows 8

i successfully installed opencpn 3.2.2 and then was able to download my cm93 charts from this computer onto a stick and on to the tablet and get them loaded

success so far

but when i hook up my mobile gps it will not recognize it or i do not get any data from it -- i took the gps out and put it on this machine with opencpn 3.0.2 and it worked fine

when i look at the tablet there are 2 options, or what appear to be, they are

serial garmin-usb and i set the baud rate at 4800

the second is

serial com1 and again i set the baud rate at 4800

one also sayd protocol nmea 0183


anyone have any thoughts -- the original idea is to use the tablet as a backup to my chartplotter if it fails (it has twice)

thanks to all
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Old 22-03-2014, 13:19   #2
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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

The options you are mentioning - are those from the option/communication menu of OCPN?

Your GPS-mouse is connected via USB?

Did you select COM1/4800 - and "apply" or "ok"

When you plug off the GPS and have a look, does COM1 disappear?
And does it come back after pluging in the GPS?

The baud settings in your old PC - 4800?

Under Win8 there is the device manger (pointer at lower left corner, right click) - you might have a look as well what happens when Pluging/unpluging the device.
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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

I'm not sure what GPS you are using but Win 8 has problems with some GPS pucks. I have two similar but not identical pucks - one works fine under W8 - the other flatly refuses to work and I have been unable to locate a working driver set for it. Either puck works fine under W7.
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Old 23-03-2014, 06:00   #4
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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

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The options you are mentioning - are those from the option/communication menu of OCPN?

Your GPS-mouse is connected via USB?

Bcn -- yes the gps puck/mouse is connected via usb port


Did you select COM1/4800 - and "apply" or "ok"

yes sir -- i did set up com1/4800 and hit apply and ok


When you plug off the GPS and have a look, does COM1 disappear?
And does it come back after pluging in the GPS?


when i remove the gps puck - the com1 does not disappear




The baud settings in your old PC - 4800?


yes the baud setting on the old pc is 4800



Under Win8 there is the device manger (pointer at lower left corner, right click) - you might have a look as well what happens when Pluging/unpluging the device.

not sure how to right click on a tablet (sorry techie ignorant) - i just got a pen/stylus


under the options for the gps it reads

com1 4800 under output = none and under filters reads in:none out: none

properites serial is checked and baud is 4800

ignore sentences is checked


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I'm not sure what GPS you are using but Win 8 has problems with some GPS pucks. I have two similar but not identical pucks - one works fine under W8 - the other flatly refuses to work and I have been unable to locate a working driver set for it. Either puck works fine under W7.

Bob of bob evans (one of my favorite when i lived on dirt)

that is most interesting -- we may have to look for another puck of a different mfg - but probably not in tunisia and have to wait until we get to italy

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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

Chuckr - press your 'home' button or swipe from the right and type "device manager" in the search box. Open the device mgr program and observe what ports you have while your USB GPS is plugged in, and without it. (You should also hear a tone when plugging/unplugging the GPS as windows recognizes the change.). If windows doesn't recognize the device then you should go to the GPS makers site and see if they have a windows8 driver for download. If not, any efforts to make it work depend on knowing or guessing which chip sets it uses and finding a compatible driver from elsewhere, and you might need some tech help for that from the maker.

Assuming your device is recognized by windows in the device manager as a USB serial port, you can tap and hold on the device (in the Device Mgr display tree) to bring up a right-click menu, one of the items will be "properties" which will let you view and edit settings. You can change serial port settings in the properties screen including speed, and serial port number (in "advanced").

Your windows settings need to match your OpenCPN settings

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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

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Bob of bob evans (one of my favorite when i lived on dirt)

that is most interesting -- we may have to look for another puck of a different mfg - but probably not in tunisia and have to wait until we get to italy

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I have offered you some weeks ago to visite me in Monastir, so I can help you. But you won't...
A taxi from Port Yasmine to Marina Cap Monastir is also cheap if you don't take the train for 5 Dinar.

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I have offered you some weeks ago to visite me in Monastir, so I can help you. But you won't...
A taxi from Port Yasmine to Marina Cap Monastir is also cheap if you don't take the train for 5 Dinar.

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Gerhardt -- we just got back a few days ago and thought you would be gone -- monday i have to go to tunis to the embassy but will be in contact after that

how long will you be in monastir - mic often comes down so i may ride down with him one day

so sorry i misinterperted
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Re: gps feed into a new tablet for opencpn

ok an update -- we did not want to change the setting in the tablet -- so kept looking for a gps receiver for windows 8 -- we can not even think about how many computer stores we have been in from sardinia to corsica to mainland italy -- sometimes we forgot but we finally found one in crotone italy at a wind dealer that also sold computer stuff -- it is a solar powered with bluetooth and works great -- it is made by hamlet --

as a test had it at the helm today as we sailed up the coast to otranto and worked like a champ --
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