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Just FYI, none of the DeLorme stuff will work with anything but DeLorme. Their GPS units, at least the older USB ones, were highly proprietary and didn't work with anything but their own software either.

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There must be a solution that doesn't require going back to DB-9 and RS-232.

These may help...
Serial Port Utilities : COM Port Terminal - Serial Port Activex

But it will still be hit or miss.
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I use SeaClear with a USB GPS. I forget the exact process I used to get it working, but I remember it was mostly getting it pointed to the proper port.

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Some USB GPS units will have a driver that is designed to emulate a standard RS-232 com port, and those will generally work just fine. It is the ones that don't emulate a standard com port that are a royal PITA. Most of the USB-only, low end Garmins fall in to that category.

One interesting GPS unit I use is a Bluetooth one, which shows up as a standard serial port... the unit I use is solar powered and talks to the laptop via the built-in BT interface. Much more convenient, and no setup hassles.

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Just FYI, none of the DeLorme stuff will work with anything but DeLorme. Their GPS units, at least the older USB ones, were highly proprietary and didn't work with anything but their own software either.
Yes, that's apparent to me now. Too bad, as the driver made a cool little display.

BTW, switching to higher COM numbers in the Prolific driver didn't work, either, although it seems quite happy to handle the Holux "GPS Viewer".

Thanks, guys...there must be a way around this, even if it involves a program other than SeaClear.

The Holux GPS acquires way more rapidly than anything aboard, so I'm not going to return it, but I just need to find a program that will accept its feed via a virtual COM port (it doesn't look virtual, mind you, as I am manipulating its settings in Device Manager.)

Thanks again for your help.

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I use a BU-303 USB GPS to provide postion data for Seaclear on a laptop.
I just installed the driver that came with the GPS and pointed Seaclear to that port (port 5, 4800 bps), and it works great. I didn't need anything special but I don't really know a lot about PC's and try not to. Perhaps you are over thinking the issue?

As far as SeaClear, I have a Lowrance plotter at the helm with the Nauticpath chart chip and find myself resorting to SeaClear on the laptop sometimes since the charting is so much clearer.

I'm considering trying the Navionics Platinum chart chip to see if it would help the helm plotter equal the piece of mind the Seaclear provides.

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I've been running Coastal Explorer as my primary plotting Software for the past 2 years and am very impressed with it.

It was a challenge getting the GPS to talk with the PC, had to run Franson GPS Gate GPS splitter, simulator and logger. Serial port splitter. - Franson GpsGate as a port emulator with a serial to USB converter (USBGear DB-9 Serial PDA Adapter Cable) . Ended up being a hit or miss getting a connection to the PC, so I ended up getting a new Garmin hand held with USB output (connected to the external antenna).


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Like midlifesailor, I also have a GlobalSat GPS receiver, the BU-353. It comes with a driver and a virtual COM port utility, which is also available for download from the GlobalSat website. Using the included utility I've not had problems getting SeaClear to see the receiver. Perhaps that utility would also work with your receiver. Worth a shot.

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The BU-353 is a model I remember, but maybe this is why. I didn't spend so much on the Holux that I would resent having it as a spare, so maybe that's what I should buy. There's no chance I want something other than a USB input.

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I use this usb to serial converter for Captan software
Amazon.com: Cables To Go - 26886 - 13in USB To DB9 Male Serial Adapter: Electronics
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