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Old 23-07-2014, 03:22   #1
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Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

Hi guys, this problem has probably been discussed before but I cant seem to find anything about it

opencpn works great but I keep losing the routes I set up and all the gps settings, its like it just goes back to a fresh install

anyone any ideas

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Old 23-07-2014, 03:43   #2
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Re: lost routes/gps settings etc

Which operating system?
Which OpenCPN version?
Are you able to post the logfile?

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Old 23-07-2014, 04:19   #3
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Re: lost routes/gps settings etc

hi carcode,

windows 7 home premium

Version 3.2.2 Build 2013-05-08

if you tell me what the log file is called i'll do a search for it and post it

thanks for this
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Old 23-07-2014, 05:33   #4
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Re: lost routes/gps settings etc

When you click the question mark symbol in the toolbar you will get a window like this attached here.
Click onto "Copy Log File to Clipboard" and paste the clipboard contents in e.g. Notepad. Save the file as log.txt. Then make another extension to this file e.g. "log.txt.doc" to be able to post the file here as attachment. This is needed because of the restrictions in this forum.

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Old 23-07-2014, 05:48   #5
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Re: lost routes/gps settings etc

here we go

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Old 23-07-2014, 07:09   #6
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

Thank you for the log.
That is indeed strange:
Until the start of OpenCPN at 22:32:44: 2014-07-15 everything works fine.

But after the start at 15:15:50: 2014-07-22 OpenCPN failed to read its configuration data as documented in the log:

15:15:51: Error: Failed to convert file "C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini" to Unicode.
15:15:51: Warning: can't open user configuration file 'C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini'.
15:15:51: File C:\ProgramData\opencpn\navobj.xml seems not to be well-formed UTF-8 XML, used fallback ASCII format conversion - some text information might have not been imported.
15:15:51: Failed to load C:\ProgramData\opencpn\navobj.xml: Error document empty.

The file navobj.xml holds all your navigation data such as routes, tracks and waypoints. When this cannot be accessed you will not be able to save any such data.

I guess something has happened to the Windows operating system between 2014-07-15 and 2014-07-22 but I don't know what because I have no knowledge about Windows. Hopefully someone other can help.
Please look if you can find any file called C:\ProgramData\opencpn\navobj.xml.5 or C:\ProgramData\opencpn\navobj.xml.4 or C:\ProgramData\opencpn\navobj.xml.3
These are backup files of navobj.xml and may contain your old data.

Delete or rename also the file C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini so OpenCPN is able to generate a new one.

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Old 24-07-2014, 03:35   #7
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

hi Gerhard

there are no navobj.xml files and no opencpn.ini

i'll try doing a complete reinstall I think

thanks for your help
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Old 24-07-2014, 15:06   #8
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

complete new download and reinstall

still no .ini file nor .xml files
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Old 24-07-2014, 15:12   #9
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

Please read the manual!
Start here: Installing OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

Under W7 the .ini file should be located at C:\ProgramData\opencpn

Check your settings of Windows Explorer in order to be able to see the file.
You might try to work under the Admin account.


(OpenCPN won't work without an opencpn.ini file - so it has to exist in your system)
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Old 29-07-2014, 07:35   #11
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Re: Lost Routes/GPS Settings etc

An addendum from another user...

I'm just lucky. This problem happened to both of my laptops within a two week period. One of them is running Mint Linux, the other Windows 98.

Mint happened a few weeks ago just before my trip (I'm currently cruising for the next several weeks). Windows XP is my low power enroute computer which lost the routes last night.

Glancing through the Mint log it looks like even the log reset itself. I don't see much data there, and what I do see doesn't seem very interesting.
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