Connecting GPS to Thinkpad

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 11:59
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To the computer buffs;
I have just purchased an IBM thinkpad for travelling and for work. One problem GPS Garmin 11+ has a com port plug and the thinkpad has a USB port. Have tried several computer places with no luck for an adapter
Ray
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:37

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:37
These do exist.

IBM itself has an adapter. IBM USB Serial/Parallel Adapter - p/n 22P5298.
RRP $149. Buy online at http://www.ibm.com.au/shop/.

You should also be able to find something suitable at the larger computer shops at less cost. In Sydney, try David Reid Electronics on York St.
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Follow Up By: Mikef_patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:49

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:49
I think he needs Serial (probably DB9) to USB ?
MikeF
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:56

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:56
PS.... This thing is made to link parallel printers and serial connected PDA's to a Thinkpad via the USB port. I don't know that you will be able to get the GPS functionality through it. Can your software address UBS ports?

Can Garmin advise?

Mikef_patrol ... That's what this adapter provides serial and parallel through a UBS port.
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Follow Up By: Mikef_patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 16:01

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 16:01
Sorry Savvas, depends on how you read "USB Serial/Parallel Adapter". I read it 'USB Serial'/Parallel Adapter not USB 'Serial/Parallel' Adapter.

TTFN
MikeF
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Reply By: Mikef_Patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:50

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:50
No serial port on a ThinkPad. Well, never buy one of those then!
MikeF
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Reply By: Mikef_Patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:52

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:52
What model is it Raymond?
MikeF
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Follow Up By: Raymond Charlton - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 14:20

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 14:20
Hi Mike
Model IBM 2656KAM
Ray
PS Have now found source for cable Timeplus in Melbourne $89. Most computer places had now idea what I was asking for Time plus knew instantly and has them in stock as they sell the Garmins and several of the new laptops don't have com ports
Thanks to all who replyed
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Reply By: Mikef_Patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:52

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:52
What model is it Raymond? I have a GPS2+ as well and use it with my Toshi. :)
MikeF
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Reply By: Mikef_Patrol - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:59

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 12:59
Raymond

Search for "Serial to USB" at www.google.com.au. Plenty of places to get a serial to USB cable.

HTH
MikeF
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Reply By: Will - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 13:05

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 13:05
Raymond,

The Garmin has two cables for comms transfer one RX and one TX, just find out which one is RX and Which is TX on the USB port (any computer shop will be able to tell you or even better find it on the internet...
Then you just wire it in, you will have to buy a USB male.
Be aware that USB also has power, do not connect it to that one as it may blow the GPS comms...

Will
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Reply By: Member - Mike - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 13:32

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 13:32
Raymond,
Another resource for cables, and I got mine there is;
http://www.gpsoz.com.au/.
Seems to specializewith your type of problem at realsitic prices.
Mike
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