I installed OpenCPN
4.2 on my Windows 10 system, and it hung up so many times that I was forced to reinstall OpenCPN
3.2, just in order to navigate. I use this program mainly for its intended purpose, which is to navigate in real time, so I can't tolerate repeated crashes.
The one crash I can track to an action on my part was in designing a route
. I started with a waypoint near my current
boat position, which was right near the waypoint I had entered the day before, as the place I wanted to anchor
. The program prompted me, as usual, with RouteCreateScreen, "Use nearby waypoint?" I selected "Yes", as I almost always have done in 3.2, and the computer hung up -- "OpenCPN not responding." I finally had to reboot, and this time when I chose that waypoint location I answered "Use nearby waypoint?" with "No". The program hung up again.
There were numerous other crashes for unexplained reasons. Additionally, I had great difficulty getting the connection to my GPS
to work -- especially uploading waypoints. So in the end, because I need a navigation
program, I uninstalled OpenCPN 4.2 and installed my old OpenCPN 3.2, which works fine, but only after I did a complete reinitialization.
I'd love to move back up to the most recent product, but am leery of doing so. I haven't seen this problem reported here before; was it perhaps because one of the data files was corrupted? Unfortunately, those files are now gone, so I have nothing to send developers.