The Garmin entry in the drop box appears if the system contains the Garmin USB device driver, even if no Garmin USB device is present. Happens only on Windows, as there is no Garmin USB driver for linux and Mac.
I should be able to test for the Garin USB device, and remove the Garmin entry from the drop box if there is actually no Garmin USB device installed. I think very few people are using Garmin USB connected devices anyway, and it can be confusing if the device is a Garmin serial device.
Is anyone actively using Garmin USB direct connected GPS receivers, i.e. without USB-Serial cable or other such interface? They seem not common in boats, since BU353 style pucks are so cheap.... I have a hockey puck style GPS18, which of course does not support or need uploads. Maybe the Garmin 172?
Dave, Right now I use com ports to connect to Garmin (172 on previous boat and 76 on the current one) They are in the cockpit and I use them to control the AP. They never crash. My next computer will not have a com port so will use USB to com. I can forsee upgrading the 76 to a usb only device with map capabilities. So would like to see that option remain.
Not a problem, just a note:
Garmin car gpses (Nuvis etc) require a so-called usb driver to access them as a "drive" for updating maps and to access sd cards in them .
This "driver" shows up in Oport dialoguebut they don't function as a gps. I don't think it's O's fault. It looks to me that Garmin puts it into the registry as a gps,the same-as and "right in there" with a Real usb gps....
Ignoring it is easy.
Imagine a newbee with Opencpn uses cm93 with standard setting (or also base setting) the rocks are not displayed ! And even while using mariners standard with all options checked the rocks are not displayed if one touches the "r" by malchance.
please test these rocks and a wreck at: 39 02.2661 N 001 36.6188 E
Sail.. Rik... Happ.. Dave..
Or why not simply emphasising new, and maybe old , users to carefully read the excellent wiki. Especially if using vector charts. What's discussed here is all exhaustively mentioned there, including the possible danger to toggle the "r" switch.
But I can agree to exclude the "r" switch. I've never used it but it's not unlikely to have it toggled by mistake.
/It's not my intention to sound didactic but the wiki is really great!
....and as rocks and dangerous wrecks (UWTROC, OBSTRN, and WRECKS) are not meaningless information they should also be visible in "Standard" and "Base" setting by default.
What appears in "Standard" and "Base" is regulated in an international standard, so I don't think we want to change that.
I have, for a long time, advised new users, who bothers to read the documentation, to start out using "Other". "Other" is also sensible to use in real navigation, inactivating a lot of shortcuts, that are hard to keep track of, and avoiding the risk that some essential features are hidden.