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Not having a whole lotta luck so far. We left on the 3rd of September - Suzi's just a little superstitious and wanted to leave on a Thursday not a Friday. So we travel several hundred yards and drop anchor. And our Heart Link 2000R craps out. No lights on the display at all. Get out the meter and start checking - there's a little black box and the power light is out on it. but there is power to it - I'm thinking "Crap, you can't fix a black box." Checked out everything else I could and then pulled up anchor and went back to our slip, head hanging at the appropriately contrite angle.
Contact friend Mike who's a whiz at boat electronics. He gets HIS meter (much bigger than my meter - I have meter envy) crawls into the appropriate position for checking aforesaid Link 2000R. And he starts checking the fuses which go to the wires which sense the state of the batteries. "I already checked those fuses, Mike," I said, "They're fine."
"I'm not checking the fuses, I checking the fuse holders," Mike responded, "and they're not looking good." He wigglerd them and the lights came on on the Link 2000R. He cleaned the contacts, put the fuses back in and said, "You should be fine now, change the fuse holders as soon as you can." We had a rum and we left again. Suzi now refers to him as "Miracle Mike." (And believe it or not, He brought the Rum!)
Off to the Labor Day weekend fireworks on the Rhode River (spectacular) and on to some world class relaxation (raising the standards, we are.) Putzing round on the Severn, Spa creek, Weems Creek, taking lots of photos. Over to St. Michaels for the Log Canoe Races - some of the best photos that were ever taken were taken by me, yes, me, of the Log Canoe Sailboat Races. But you'll have to take my word for it - because after I downloaded them onto the computer and erased the chip to take more the next day - the computer crapped out.
So much for superstition.
Spent a day trying all kinds of stuff trying to fix it, went ashore, borrowed a car, went to Best Buy and bought a new computer.
And herein lies my problem that I want to ask you guys and gals about. My Garmin GPS (both 76 and Map76) connects to my computer (to run my charting software, Captain's Voyager) with an RS-232 to USB cable which requires a driver from Garmin. The disk which came with it only has drivers for Windows XP, 95 and 2000. The XP driver worked with my old computer which has Vista but it's a 32 bit computer (ancient technology - I bought it new almost 15 months ago) My new computer (lucky me) is a 64 bit. The driver won't work. I searched the internet and can't find anything. E-mailed Garmin today, but haven't heard back yet. I don't expect much from them.
Anybody encountered this? Any solutions?
I'm afraid to get up each morning because I'm afraid something else will go wrong. Fortunately, I can stay in bed all day if I want to. But I don't because I keep spilling rum on my pillow.