OziExplorer & Garmin

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 12:43
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Hi all,

Having just replaced my laptop, I have lost the old Garmin software which I used to up/download data to my Garmin 12XL.

When using OziExplorer, do you need any other software to connect the Garmin, or will OziExplorer immmediately interface with it?

I already have the Auslig maps so want to set up an integrated system which allows me to create waypoints, routes, etc. as well as do real-time navigation.

Second question: My new laptop does not have a serial port. Has anyone used a serial to USB converter to connect serial accessories such as GPS or satphone? Any problems doing this?
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Reply By: Coops - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:32

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:32
Answer to second question is a resounding YES !
USB converters are not always successful with about an 80% strike rate.
Also OziExplorer tries to find Com port 1 whereas Garmin is set to Com port 3 (I think). Once you change that default setting you should have no problem but believe me until you discover that little secret it's a nightmare.
Hope I've been clear enough. I'm no guru but tryng to help.
cheers
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Follow Up By: Coops - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 03:56

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 03:56
Jaycar sell the appropriate connector and I can vouch that this works. Price escapes me though - sorry.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:01

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:01
I have sucessfully used a USB serial port with the Garmin but haven't tested it for more than a few minutes.

I was advised against using USB to serial with my CDMA phone, instead getting a dedicated USB cable for the phone.

With some other software with connects to a radio via serial, the USB to serial converter reads perfectly but fails when doing large writes.

Might be worth buying one from somewhere where you can return it if it doesn't work for you. You shouldn't need to pay more than $50-$70 for one. Some shops will want up to $150 and it's the same brand that another shop will sell for $60.
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser1 - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 18:09

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 18:09
Thanks, guys.

Looks like I'll have to order a copy of OziExplorer and see what happens!
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 20:13

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 20:13
Hey you should order it from our Adventure shop - Your member money reward for this order will be $6.50 and you will not even have to pay any shipping fees.

Membership has advantages if you are not already members then join now.

David
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser1 - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 23:16

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 23:16
Done - looking forward to receiving it.................:)
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