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National Geographic TOPO on Netbook
Catalinaminerals
Hi Everyone,

I'm new to GPS, so please bear with my basic questions. I am hoping to install National Geographic Topo state series on an Acer Aspire One netbook for the purpose of tracking my position in real time in the wild. I would like advice from other users who have worked with the software.

I'm currently researching GPS receivers to use with the software. Despite the TOPO! Compatability chart stating that "most Garming USB devices" are compatible, the staff has told me that there is no compatible dongle. Searching online, a number of Dongles advertise their compatibility with this software. Who am I to believe?

If a handheld receiver is nessesary, I would be interested in other users experience. The Magellon Triton series is touted for it's compatibility with the software, but reviews of the device show multiple issues and few satisfied owners. Since the device will mostly be used in conjunction with the software on the netbook, many of the advanced features of the handheld are unnessesary.

I appreciate any help with my decision. Researching online has led to more questions than answers so far.
tcassidy
Any USB dongle should work with that software. The GlobalSat BU-353 is popular.

Terry
Catalinaminerals
Hi Terry,

I appreciate the reply. As I said, I'm new to GPS in general. I have a Canmore dongle which I've been unable to use with the NG software. Is there a special step that I need to take in the setup process that I'm unaware of? The dongle came with bare bones instructions, and National Geographic support has been unhelpful at best.

Regards,
Michael
tcassidy
I assume the Canmore GPS comes with a driver. This would provide a COM port output when the GPS is connected to a USB port. I am not familiar with NG Topo but it probably has some way of letting you specify the COM port to receive GPS data on. Set this to match the Canmore COM port and it should work. The GPS would have to have a good view of the sky to obtain a locked signal.

Unfortunately the NG Topo site does not provide any information to say these products actually do work with a GPS. They list ones (handhelds) you can exchange POIs with but say nothing about using it standalone. Does it work with a GPS?

Terry
Catalinaminerals
I thank you all for your attempts at helping with this situation. I'll begin another thread detailing my experience in attempting to work with Topo! support staff.
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