gps to laptop

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 18:55
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HI ALL,
Can any one tell me if you can get an addaptor to run a magellan gps on a laptop with no comm port to suit, this is a new laptop. My home computer has this port and the gps works fine.any help would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - David (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:07

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:07
If you have a laptop with USB ports you can get adaptors to convert the serial cable from the GPS to USB so it plugs into the laptop.

Not sure if this site shop has then but dick smith should. You may need to load the drivers as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - David (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:13

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:13
The site shop has then for $39 + postage.

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Follow Up By: Terryfied - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:51

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:51
You are lucky its not a garmin $142.00 for the garmin usb to serial adaptor.

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Follow Up By: WillyWish - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:01

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:01
Terry,

Why not just use a generic usb to serial? Garmin and Magellan accessories are just too expensive!

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Follow Up By: Terryfied - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:16

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:16
Will, I originally bought a generic brand,however no matter how much we tried (even with different settings and configurations) the garmin would only work with its own branded cable.
I do believe GPOZ have a similar cable for $90.00.

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Follow Up By: WillyWish - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:32

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:32
Hi Terry,

What Garmin GPS are you using?

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Follow Up By: Terryfied - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 19:10

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 19:10
Will, I use a garmin 60c.

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Reply By: Member - AdrianLR (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:34

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 19:34
I use the one from Jaycar for a Magellan 315 with a HP4200. Works fine. You'll need to check the port assignment the laptop gives the adapter (mine defaulted to COM6) so that you can tell your mapping software where to look.

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Follow Up By: Member - AdrianLR (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 00:13

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 00:13
Also important - you must install the software that comes with the adapter. It won't work without it.

A couple of other hints that others have mentioned in previous posts - turn the GPS on before the computer otherwise the port may be recognised as a mouse and always use the same USB port so that the com assignment doesn't change.

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Reply By: WillyWish - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:03

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:03
Can get them off ebay also. I also have a magellan but opted for a $90 usb GPS which is permanently mounting in the car for use with laptop.

Good luck!
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:09

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:09
The adaptor is the solution, however you will probably find your mouse pointer takes on a life of its own. Reason - Windows detects the USB to Serial Adaptor as a pointing device - eg mouse.
Sugestions :
1. As above - always plug the USB into the same port.
2. To solve the mouse pointer problem - with the cable disconnected, go into :
control panel/system/harware/Device Manager.
Select Mice and other pointing Devices.
Locate the 'new' one and click disable.

With the device disabled, you never get the 'mouse out of control' problem again.
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