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Old 28-07-2013, 08:59   #1
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Mac OpenCPN and GPS

I Have installed the latest version of opcn on my MacBook pro. When I try to connect to the GPS/AIS transponder I do not see the connection in the serial dialog box. The transponder works fine with other software. It is a Em-trak B100 and is USB. Can anybody help? I'm sure it is a case of finger trouble
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Re: Mac opencpn and GPS

If you have installed the USB driver for the Em-trak B100 (I hope there is a driver for Mac OS X at the delivered CD and not only for Windows) you should go to the connection tab of OpenCPN options and create a new serial connection for AIS COM and 38400 baud.

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If you have installed the USB driver for the Em-trak B100 (I hope there is a driver for Mac OS X at the delivered CD and not only for Windows) you should go to the connection tab of OpenCPN options and create a new serial connection for AIS COM and 38400 baud.

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I can't download the driver from e Em-trak website. It requires a login and I can't see anyway of doing that. The B100 works fine with Mac ENC so I'm not so sure the driver is the problem.
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Re: Mac opencpn and GPS

Open a terminal and type: ls /dev/cu.* to see if the driver is installed.
If yes it should show up with some name pointing to your device.
Enter the whole name e.g. /dev/cu.yourdevice in OpenCPN serial settings.

Example is here:
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$ ls /dev/cu.*
Result:
Quote:
/dev/cu.BlueGPS284785-SerialPort /dev/cu.GerhardMuellersiPhone-W
/dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem /dev/cu.HeidiPhone-WirelessiAP
/dev/cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync /dev/cu.NMEA-SPP
/dev/cu.ElmCan-BT-DevB /dev/cu.SeriellerAnschluss
/dev/cu.ElmCan-BT-SPP
You may try also ls /dev/tty.*
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Open a terminal and type: ls /dev/cu.* to see if the driver is installed.
If yes it should show up with some name pointing to your device.
Enter the whole name e.g. /dev/cu.yourdevice in OpenCPN serial settings.

Example is here:

Result:

You may try also ls /dev/tty.*
Thanks, found the driver for my modem as /dev/cu.usbmodem1421. It now works, but should opencpn have found that? Maybe a problem ?
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Thanks, found the driver for my modem as /dev/cu.usbmodem1421. It now works, but should opencpn have found that? Maybe a problem ?
OpenCPN has poor roots for Macs. Only the last version works usable with Macs. Maybe this changes in the future...
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OpenCPN has poor roots for Macs. Only the last version works usable with Macs. Maybe this changes in the future...
I have windows installed on my MacBook pro and OpenCPN works well on that. I also have MaCEnc installed, which works well but lacks real AIS support.
I would not solely depend on a pc for nav given the proble with water and corrosion. Maybe I might try a Toughbook sometime in the future.
Thanks again for your assistance
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