help with gps

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 09:31
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hi all
i need help i have an ibm laptop with window 98,ozi explorer and hema top end loaded on it, a data cable and a garmin 12xl gps
the thing is when i plug the gps into the laptop nothing hapens
i have seen other setups and when they are switched on they have a dot to show there position
i live in mt isa so the map covers the area i live in
any ideas
thanks in advance michael
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Reply By: agsmky - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 09:44

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 09:44
Oziexplorer will not automagically start up "moving map" with your serial connection.....Hit Ctrl+S to start communications with your GPS (as long as everything else is set up correctly). Alternatively use Ctrl+M to bring up the MM map control system and start it from there.

Andrew
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 09:56

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 09:56
Check to see if the GPS is communicating with the laptop, then check to see if the GPS has acquired satellites. Both of these can be checked using Ozi's menues.
Good luck.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:45

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:45
Also make sure that your GPS is not plugged or off until you have opened Oziexplorer.

Whilst Windows 98 is OK having Windows XP is a lot better. I am not sure as to the technicalities but found that fater I dumped 98 for XP, my operations ran smoother

Cheers
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Reply By: F4Phantom - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:52

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:52
I have a little program called GPS information, it scans your com ports and tells you which com your gps in on. I have found it useful if you cant get them talking. If you want it I can email it to you.
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Reply By: bgreeni - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 16:21

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 16:21
using win 98 is OK, have used it for years on an old laptop with Ozi.

A few things you must have right.

1. check waht baud rate you have set on the GPS and make sure that Ozi has the same rate set in configuration.

2. Make sure Ozi has the correct GPS selected in configuration

3. Make sure the GPS is locked onto satelites

4. Make sure that the correct com port is set in Ozi. There is a small program on the Ozi web site (Port checker found on the utliities page) that will check your com ports

Good luck, and ask again if you have problems, or try the Ozi pages in Yahoo groups
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 09:15

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 09:15
An make sure you have selected "NMEA Out" on the GPSr
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 17:52

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 17:52
Have you configured your maps and data correctly, there is a lot to set up before this will work.
I could do a list on what is required. Or if possible give us your email and could send you more info.
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 18:28

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 18:28
The most common reason for this happening is if you have the GPS turned on before the computer boots up it thinks the GPS is a mouse and will not recognize it.
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 18:53

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 18:53
This could be the case if they are using a usb to serial adapter, however i didn't think this was a problem with "inbuilt" serial port and win98 (which i would guess a lappy running win98 would have).

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:21

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:21
Does the
garmin have a usb connection? I know the Magellan s don't. I have to use an adaptor with mine.
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:55

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:55
yeh...most of them have started incorporating usb connections (several models still maintain the serial port as well) Only the older models won't.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 20:00

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 20:00
just to add.....the 12xl doesn't have USB (as it is quite old by GPSr standards).

Andrew
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:47

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 19:47
Hi Michael,

On my Garmin (128) I have to change the communication protocol from Garmin/Garmin to NMEA/NMEA. Unless you do this the little beastie won't talk at all. Then I have to tell Ozi Explorer what type of GPS I am using in Set up. Also which port it is connected to (usually Com1). I am using a USN/Serial emulator and I have to use Com5. Let us know how you get on.

Mike
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 20:25

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 20:25
The should be USB/Serial. Sorry
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Follow Up By: festy - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:31

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:31
You don't have to change the protocol, Ozi can do moving map using the Garmin protocol which saves switching protocols everytime you want to upload waypoints etc.
Under Ozi's COM configuration, just tick 'Use PVT for Garmin instead of NMEA'.
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