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04-21-2003 06:02 PM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

Just to update anyone who is interested, I got tired of resetting the gps - computer port settings everytime I restarted the garmin software so I returned the "Garmin" usb - 9 pin adapter and picked up a card and added a 9 pin port to my computer. Now it works fine and only cost 35 bucks!
04-21-2003 04:38 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

I just did the same this weekend. The one thing you need to do is to change the comport on you program.
04-20-2003 04:19 PM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

I bought a Keyspan UBS serial adapter to hool up a Garmin 45 to my Gateway laptop which worked pretty well.
04-14-2003 10:32 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

A friend of mine sent his computer to me with the same complaint. I had to reome windows XP and install windows 2000 Pro in order for the USB to serial port to work correctly. Once that was done and the Capn Voyager was installed it found the GPS data on Comm port 5. Works great now, in fact we are using the second USB port with another serial adapter and interfacing to a pactor modem which is also working fine on Comm port 7.
03-30-2003 04:07 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

The Dell inspiron line has 9 pin serial port. I have been using it with my maptech offshore navigator software for 2 years connected to either my Garmin 3 or 48 without any problems. It works great. Garmin provides the wiring diagram for the connection to the 9 pin connector. The wiring takes about 10 minutes of soldering.
Hope this helps. I also have limited tech, knowledge, fortunately all of the wiring was color coded.
03-29-2003 05:51 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

I just purchased garmin''s USB-RS2323 adapter. It works, but I''m not on all aplications in the US Lights and Waterways software. I can''t say I''m overjoyed with it. It''s really designed for something else and I''m sure it''s not manufactured by garmin. It has a 9 pin male plug on one end but it also has screws to hold it down as does the female 9 pin end of the garmin cord. BARELY worth the 50 bucks, but it will get the information to your GPS.

03-29-2003 05:27 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

Garmin actually markets a very nice like a champ...have used with many different Laptops and Gps''...good luck
03-20-2003 01:30 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

Hi All, same problem here in The Netherlands, got a new laptop, after being convinced by supplier there was a serial-port.
Not!!(still mad)
I''ve been searching thru the www, and found a device that slides in the PCMIA-port(hope i spell this correct), this converts, PCMIA-port to serial-port, easy to install hot-plugable.Brand is Silicom, but others have become available since, did cost about $100,= then( 1,5 years ago).
Hoping this helps.

SV Hobgoblin
The Netherlands
03-17-2003 08:31 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

If of interest, I guess someone from another BB saw my question about whether there was a laptop that has 4 USB ports and emailed me the below information.

... ECS makes a good laptop with 4 USB...
good machines with user replaceable hard drive, RAM, CPU, CD ...

03-12-2003 09:39 AM
Electronic charting without a serial port...

Someone told me that he saw a new laptop with 4 USB ports, has anyone seen one of these, and if so what kind is it?
I use a program called NavPak which set up easy on my USB port using an adapter cable and driver disk from RadioShack.
The program will acknowledge any COM number from 1 to 8, and it will talk to 4 ports simultaneously to integrate instruments without a multiplexer. Regards, John F.
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