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Old 30-05-2016, 14:39   #16
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

This is one of the reasons I wrote
FS#1150 : GPS Windows 8 Sensor - Integrate into Opencpn

I just don't understand why people haven't voted for it!
Maybe it should be augmented with these links, but this stuff is in the User Manual too... I just don't think Phil23 should be banging his head installing GPS that should work.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx

Also look at
GPS Geolocation for Win8 GNSS Sensor | Official OpenCPN Homepage
Very early on Petr Šimon wrote a GNSS driver which can be used.
I guess I have always wondered why haven't we incorporated this driver into the program somehow.

And if all else fails check out this page in the User Manual. Sorry it has been so painful.

GPS Setup | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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Old 30-05-2016, 14:51   #17
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Geez Phil, you are posting in another thread too! How will we keep up with this?

Have you cut the wires and are doing something entirely different now?
GPS wont talk to OpenCPN
"My request for help this time is as follows: NMEA cable exiting Unit has screen,orange,green, blue and yellow wires I have a cable I have cut off a BU353 with screen, red,black,white and green does anyone have any idea which to which to try "

Down below you state
"a BU353-S4 installed and functioning perfectly producing data."

...Ok, cool down, it is clearly some driver or setup problem. Can you give us more information as BCN asked? Screenshots attached here, etc?

Forget connection your Lowrance for the moment. AND JUST post in this thread please.

And just to confirm, you are using
OS: Windows 10
OpenCPN Version: ???
GPS Hardware: BU353-S4 with a usb connector
Globalsat Device Drivers: You said there were none. (they get downloaded when the hardware is found)
Have you or someone else ever had another GPS plugged into this machine? ???
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Old 30-05-2016, 16:12   #18
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

I get the feeling we are making simple things difficult by default. (?)

BT GPS does not work.
Why not try a WiFi one?

Dedicated tablet ...
Without GPS sensor? Windows?

GPS sensor does not work.
Windows?

My BU does not work.
8.1? 10? Windows.

3/4 Windows down.

Get a tablet with a gps in it, if you want 'dedication'. Mobile stands for mobile. Wireless stands for wireless.

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Old 01-06-2016, 14:40   #19
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

While I have been using openCPN on other laptops for some years with out problems I guess my advancing years and lack of computer skills (monkey see monkey do my teacher) have caught me out this time. I do not know how to down load screen shots to this message however will have one last shot by trying to provide the data in script.

DEVICE MANAGER

General
Device Type Ports (com +LPT)
Manufacturer Prolific
Location Port #0002 Hub-#0002
Prolific USB to serial Com Port (com 3)

PORT SETTINGS
Bits per second 4800
Data Bits 8
Party None
Stop Bits 1
Flow Control None

DRIVER
Driver Provider Prolific
Driver Date 4/09/2015
Driver Version 3.6.81.357
Digital Signer Microsoft Windows Hardware Capability Publisher
Update Driver To update the driver software for the devise

openCPN "CONNECTIONS"
enabled/type serial/D3/priority 1/parameters 4800
Connection Filters Input: In None: Out:None

NMEA Debug window/ no data
Nothing showing in filter box but icon flashing

GPSinfo Window for BU-353S4

Prolific USB to serial port (com3)
Baud rate 4800
Data is rolling on screen and long/lat correct for the location of GPS

openCPN Chart screen, charts are available
Compass GPS data flow box at top right side of screen red/no data

BU353S4 puck transmitting constant red signal

I really trust the above information will be adequate to resolve my problem as it is driving me to distraction.
Thank you all for your help thus far
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Old 01-06-2016, 14:53   #20
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

For uploading or attaching files use the "clip":
click on it and it will open a secondary window where you select the file(s) to upload, then there is another button to actually upload the files and voila those are going to be attached to your post.

In case a log file is too long or the forum system tells you that the file format is not accepted, just change the file type to .doc (the ocpn log file for example)
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Hi bcn thanks for your patience, does following help and I on right track with screen shotsClick image for larger version

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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Prolific devices are known to be buggy.
Carefully read and follow this link to make them run with Windows:
Family Software Drag Racing - Newsletter#37, Prolific PL-2303 Driver Solution for Code 10

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Old 02-06-2016, 02:41   #23
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Let's try another thing:

From Windows get The Process Explorer:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...rnals/bb896653
Download, unzip and run it.

You will see something like the first screenshot below.
Now use Find from the Process Explorer Tool Bar and enter "Serial", go.
We shall see then which serial ports are in use and which process owns them.
Your COM3 shall appear as Serial2

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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Phil,

Your screen shots show OpenCPN and GPSInfo running at the same time. OpenCPN will not get data from the GPS if another program is capturing that data. How about screen shots of the OpenCPN Settings/Connections screens without GPSInfo running.

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Fabbian,

good eye! Should have seen this...

The Process Explorer should bring up cases where a process does not release the port correctly when exiting or such nice things as background processes or daemons kidnapping a COM port.

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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Unfortunately screenshot of CONNECTIONS without GPS running will not upload to screen for some reason but is exactly the same as the screen shot above with regards to content.
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Hmmmmmmm it did attach go figure
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

Hi bcn, this gets more vexing by the minute, I have nowloaded and unzipped technet.microsoft as advised.

openCPN does not appear at all in the first shot on on clicking find I open the other search shot and enter serial/search nothing happens am I meant to have openCPN and or GPS functioning during this proceedure.
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Hi CarCode tried as you suggested with same result
Good thing I am retired and have got the time but very frustrating none the less
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Re: Open Cpn can't see GPS

When you mount the puck in tools/communications, are you picking the comm with Prolific usb to serial? On my pc it's com3.

I also reloaded Win 7 after Win 10. Thinking about Ubuntu since Win 11 will only be worse.
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