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Old 12-12-2016, 18:59   #1
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Incompatibility between Windows 10 and USB GPS sensors resolved

The language in the user manual about Windows 10 users having to buy a Windows 10 compatible GPS sensor puck or perform some sort of extensive workaround notwithstanding, I have had good luck with a Ublox-7 USB sensor (looks like a memory stick). The issue apparently is getting OpenCPN to recognize that a sensor is attached to a USB port and producing a position data stream.

When you try to add a connection of this type (serial) under OpenCPN's Settings/Connections menu, there is nothing in the drop down list for available Data Ports. Oops! How do you tell the program where to look? Apparently, the problem isn't really Windows 10, it's that OpenCPN cannot find the virtual ports that Windows 10 produces on its own. After about a day of trying to find a solution, I happened upon a spiffy little piece of driver software called GPSReverse. This is a driver that maps your USB sensor to a Virtual COM port that you can be recognized by legacy applications (which is to say applications that do not fully support all Windows 10 protocols). It's shareware, you can try it for free and license it for $10 if you like it. It works. You can find out more about it here: GPSComplete: GPSDirect,GPSReverse, LocationFixer GPS NMEA Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 10 Sensor Driver iOS Android TCP Bluetooth
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Re: Incompatibility between Windows 10 and USB GPS sensors resolved

Thanks, will put this in the new Owiki.
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