UBS v COM Port for Oziexplorer

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 22:47
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I use to use Oziexplorer with a Garmin II+ and a PC with a COM port. My new PC only has those skinny UBS ports!!

How do I connect my Garmin II+ onto them - is there some sort of adaptor?

Also, do I need to do anything to the configuration to get the PC to recognise the UBS port as a COM Port?

I did go to the Oziexplorer site but it's almost impossible (if not impossible) to send a simple e-mail address to a help desk. Obviously success = less customer focus. Remember we buy OR don't buy your products!
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Reply By: Member - Brian (WA) - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 22:56

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 22:56
Hi Mike. Go to They have them $74. Hope thats what you want. Cheers Brian
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Reply By: pjchris - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 22:57

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 22:57
I have used OziExplorer for years now and find the author of Ozi one of the best for responding to enquiries. That's what I like about the product. Written in Australia AND you can email the author direct.
They actually aren't big enough to have a help desk. Email and see what happens. Also there are great support groups for OziExplorer and OziCE in Yahoo groups. Go there and search for groups to do with OziExplorer.

In answer to your question (Which would be a problem with any mapping program nit just Ozi) you need a USB to serial adaptor. These are available at any computer shop and should cost less than $50.

Of course if you go to the OziEplorer web site , click on the OziExplorer heading in the left column, click on support, click on GPS FAQ (Frequently asked questions) then read the answer to the third question "My PC only has USB ports (does not have a serial port), how do I connect my GPS" you will find the same answer as above...

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Reply By: Glenno - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:00

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:00
If you need a USB to COM port converter Ebay has a huge range of cheap cables.

Is this what you need?

[ View Image]USB to RS232



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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:08

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:08
Try this GPSOZ
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Reply By: dingbat - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 08:19

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 08:19
Dick Smith cat no. xh6451--dolplhin brand usb to serial $69.94
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Reply By: pjchris - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 09:14

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 09:14
Computer World Cat# 117345 Cworld USB to RS232 $24.00
Don't pay more than $50. You're paying too much if you do.

Go to the local Computer shop, they'll have it. Even Harris Technology charge $60 or less for the three different types they stock, Belkin, Targus and Comsol brands.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:00

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:00
Mike raises the interesting question of why GPS manufacturers can't get their faecal material together and make GPS to USB port cables to suit their products?
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Follow Up By: Groove - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:36

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:36
GPS to USB converters are a generic device they dont really need to matched to a particular device.

Having said that when faced with a simialr dilema I actually purchased a USB GPS for a little more than the price of a converter and it works a treat, doesnt need a holder or external power supply, gets its power from the USB cable.

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Reply By: Member - Meggs - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 11:08

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 11:08
I had the same problem as well. I searched around and found out the ones guaranteed to work cost $75 but some people had some success with a cheap USB to RS232 cable. I too the risk and got one delivered for $22 from ebay. When I tried to install the driver I got a message that this has not been tested with Win XP so I aborted the installation and serached the net for generic drivers and loaded them and it worked fine. I found it you install the drivers leave the cable disconnected during the installation restart the computer and then you can plug the cable in at any time.
What worked for me may not work for you but it could be worth a try.
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