Linking old Magellan to Netbook

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 14:53
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Well, I managed to sort all my maps out and transfer everything to my Netbook

Then I went and tried to link the dashboard GPS to the Netbook.

I keep on getting a COM PORT error

I have tried the first 5 COM PORTS without any luck.

The Baud rate of the GPS is set at 4800 and so is that of Ozi on the Netbook

Any ideas on what I can try next?

(I did all of this 7 yerars ago with my first laptop but have forgotten most in the intervening time...lol)


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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:06

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:06
Hi Willem,

It's going to be one of a couple of things,

1. The comm port is disabled in the BIOS of the Netbook. You'll need to get into setup of the Netbook to check and change this setting. During startup something like "Press F2 for Setup" will appear on the screen. Press the F2 key and have a look around to see if comm 1 has been enabled.

2. There is something else under I assume Windows XP that has grabbed the comm port. There'll be something like a modem pre-configured in the setup of windows that has nabbed the port.

3. Are you using the Windows On-Screen Keyboard to touch screen type? For some reason on my PC I use for OziExplorer the On-Screen Keyboard grabs comm port 1. I've no idea why!

Hope this helps,

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:28

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:28
Thanks Geoff

Can't fimd any reference to Com Ports in the Bios. Maybe I am looking in the wrong place

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:29

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:29
Willem
Somewhere in Ozzy there's a setting that allows you to select the type of GPS your using, been a long time since I used it , could be in preferences or something like that. It has a list of various makes to select.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:28

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:28
Thanks Doug, that has been sorted


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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:46

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:46
Willem

If you go to the Oziexplorer site under utilities there is a program called GPS port checker.
Free to download.
This may help.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:30

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:30
G'day Wim

How are you?


Will follow that lead up.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:27

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:27
Well I did that

No Comm Ports


Bugga!!!


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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:24

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:24
What make of laptop is it and what operating system is it.
Everything has com ports They cant fuction without them

In XP u find them at Control panel/system /device manager/hardware.
Cant say where in Vista

Everything is listed alphabetically so ports come below network adapters and above processors. At least they are on this one.
With 10 years of working on computers they are always there.


Sometimes you can change the port from within the program you are using. You can in Copilot dont know about Ozi as I dont have it on this machine.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:32

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:32
Correction Path is

Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device manager/Ports(COM & LPT)



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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:55

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:55
Graham

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Yes, I know the alphabet....LOL

No, nothing there relating to anything resembling Port etc

And I double clicked on all headings....nothing!



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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:19

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:19
Morning Willem.

Judy & I are both well.
Having read most of the replies and your comments I would check you adapter.
Your laptop should see the USB device once you connect it. If not (as it would appear) I would suggest the adapter is US or is not supported by XP. You could try and see if there are any update USD drivers for XP or your laptop.

As an aside, I will be back in the Northern Simpson this year.

Looking forward to catching up in St George.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:32

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:32
Thanks Wim


The USB/Serial Adapter worked before through Windows XP on the old Laptop. I have not used it for a while though. Can't really see what can go wrong?. Maybe it got cooked on the dash by the sun.

My Simpson travels are over. Will be out in the Western Deserts again this year followed by a trip to the east coast via St George. Will catch up with you then.


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Reply By: festy - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:48

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:48
What model Magellan?
Have you set it's I/O protocol to NMEA?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:31

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:31
festy

Map 330

'Have you set it's I/O protocol to NMEA?' Not sure what you mean

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:49

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:49
Hi Willem

In the Control Panel open system. Go to Hardware then Device Manager.

The Comm ports in use will be listed. Open the one connected to the GPS and under port settings make sure it is also set to 4800 baud.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:37

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:37
Hi Bob

Thanks. I got into the Device Manager but there is no reference to Comm Ports. The closest thing I can see is USB Root Hub or USB Universal Root Controller. I checked all of those and they are in working condition. Took the Laptop out to the truck and plugged it in to the GPS but no joy there either. Same old message comes up.


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:15

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:15
Gday Willem,
Have another look and see if
"Ports (COM and LPT)"
is listed in device manager. I'd be surprised if it wasn't there.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:35

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:35
Surprise!!!! :-)



G'day Phil

No reference to Port, COM or LPT

Went into Device Manager and also System devices

Nothing there


????

Dunno


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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:41

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:41
Willem

I note that until I plug in the GPS the Com Port option is not visible in the device manager. As soon as I plug it in the Com Port option appears.

To make it appear you need to plug a valid device into the USB port ie a USB to serial adaptor. Maybe the adaptor you are using to plug the Magellan into the USB port is not working, or is not compatible with your netbook.

I can send you a known working one to try if you like.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:27

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:27
Thanks for the offer, Bob

I will exhaust all other avenues first before I call on you.

My Magellan is connected by a USB/Serial Port adapter.

Like I said above. I plugged it in the Netbook but a search still failed to find a Com Port

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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 18:41

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 18:41
Hi Willem,

I have a Magellan Meridian Gold and it is a real hassle getting it to work with Ozi and even with DiscoverAus I kept loosing the com port on my old lap top. So I went and brought a Global Sat BU 353 off e bay for $75 now I run Ozi and Discover on my new EeePC 901 with ease change from one Ozi to Dis and stop nmea and start nmea. Heap faster and easy to install. Now running all my mapping on a 4 gb sd card in the EeePC. Still have the old Magellan on the dash though.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:39

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:39
Thanks Bruce. Now yer talking science fiction to me...lol

Will bear that in mind but will try to fix this the cheaper way first



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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:46

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:46
Bruce, I Googled the device. Looks to me like a GPS receiver without any buttons..

I don't Really Need to have a Moving Map but it would be nice. I already have a PDA but I cannot upload Waypoints to Ozi on the PDA...or haven't worked that one out yet...LOL


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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:50

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:50
The EeePC is the same size as your computer I believe, at this size they are really great for using for moving maps. they are light enough for the passenger to have on their laps. So Annie uses it for her planning instead of having a paper map out (when we are on the black stuff ) but will be great when off road, sitting on her lap no vibrations. I have the Nuvi 760 and old Megellan in front of me incase I get lost hahahahahah
I t took some time to get all the Ozi stuff sorted, but I think I have it by the b''ls. The other way is to get some one on Skype and then run thru it with you to make shore you have configured it properly. Which I could do for you some time if you like.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:39

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:39
if you haven't allready done it or been told it try it

GpsPortChecker

gps_port_checker.html
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:59

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 21:59
Hi Richard

See reply 3 above


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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:28

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:28
Willem,

The Ozi Explorer site has a considerable amount of info on Magellan GPS connections. After a quick flick through it seems to me that you may have a problem with the serial port/USB adaptor (IE the way you connect the GPS to the PC)

I have queried direct with Des Newman on early Vista problems. He replied quickly with a cooperative attitude. I am sure he would have come across your problem with the abundance of these new Netbook thingies.

Good Luck :)

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:39
Thanks Kingo

Might have to go that way :-)


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Reply By: ctaplin - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:36

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:36
I also have an Acer Aspire One and they do not have COM ports or LPT ports, just USB ports.
What type of fitting does your dashboard GPS have as unless it is USB it will not work with the Aspire One without purchasing a USB-COM port adapter and the Aspire One will then pick it up.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:30

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:30
HI Chris

I have a USB/ Serial Port adaptor from way back in 2002. Maybe it ain't working...... but how can I check it?


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Follow Up By: ctaplin - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:33

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:33
Hi Willem,

You would definately need drivers installed for your Aspire One to recognise the USB/Serial adapter.
Without the driver installed it should show up as an unsupported device in Device Manager.
If you no longer have the CD that can with it, perhaps look for a brand or model written on the USB/Serial Adapter and Google for drivers.

Hope this helps...

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 00:42

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 00:42
Willem,

what about this:

USB GPS Mouse


or this:

Serial to USB adapter

from the EO shop. Or use the info to get it locally.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:35

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 07:35
Thanks Gone Bush


I have a Serial to USB adapter


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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:39
When those adapters first came out they were hit and miss, unfortunately.

If yours is old maybe go to a PC shop and try a newer one in the shop before you buy.

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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:10

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:10
Hi Willem,
Having read all the responses to your query so far there is one possibility that has occurred to me when I changed my laptop setup. Did you reload the serial/usb adaptor device drivers into your netbook? If not,that is probably why your comms port doesn't see it because there is nothing in the operating system to drive it.
Try re-installing the device drivers.,(i.e. if you still have the disk?????). Otherwise you will have to google for the drivers & download onto a disc. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:26

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:26
Hi Topcat

Believe it or not, I still have a USB Flash Driver! I don't throw much away..lol. Not sure if it is the same one for the serial port but can always dig up the paperwork somewhere. Trouble is my new puter does not have a CD player. So I will have to somehow load it to a Memory Stick.

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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 18:12

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 18:12
Hi Willem,
To load the driver files all you need to do is copy all the files off the CD onto the memory stick . If you know someone handy with a computer with a CDROM that can read the disk, just put your memory stick into the usb port on their PC and copy the files across then insert your memory stick into your netbook & load the driver from there. REMEMBER-You must have the exact driver for you serial/usb adaptor otherwise it will not work & could possibly conflict with other setups. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 18:35

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 18:35
Hi Topcat

Yes I have a desktop computer. I am not sure that the CD I have found relates to the serial port/usb adapter

Have downloaded driver for the USB and transferred it to SD card.

So will load it into the Netbook and then go test it in the truck


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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:03

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:03
Follow up

I installed the Driver Cure but it won't do a scan without being connected to the internet...bugga


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