I think I got in over my head
as I read thru OpenCPN's manual.
I have a Windows 8.1 laptop
. I purchased the GlobalSat GPS
dongle and loaded it via its own software
I also downloaded 3 of NOAA's San Francisco
Bay raster charts
unit is working perfectly, as I worked with it today around Mare Island Strait.
open up fine in OpenCPN
, but herein lies a possible conflict: the group of maps in my downloads is signified by Folder 20150423_145544, which is what I loaded into OpenCPN's Options > Charts. However, in the Downloads file, that group of maps breaks down as follows, for instance: Folder 18650 opens to Folder BSB_Root, which opens to Folder 18650, which opens to 18650.BSB, 18650_1, 18650_2, and User Agreement.
I could not find in the User Manual, which of the folders or files should be placed in OpenCPN's Options > Charts window.
Nonetheless, with the GPS running, and OpenCPN
running, there is no connection between them, and the Boat icon can be placed anywhere by the Rt-clk options.
Again, going thru the manual, there are all kinds of suggestions for additional downloads to try, such as trying different Runtime components, downloading Classic Shell, changing the .ini file, creating a Portable Windows Version, and so on.
If somebody can suggest some "easy" fix(es), and tell me which of the charts or chart folders I should place in OpenCPN, I would be grateful. If a bunch of changes to the laptop
are required, then I'll just get rid of OpenCPN and use my handheld or dongle GPS's to get position fixes that I can translate to my paper charts.