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Can DeLorme LT-20 work with Microsoft Streets and Trips?
Ron7623
I've been using DeLorme Street Atlas for years. I just downloaded the Microsoft trial software for 2010. But I can't get the LT-20 to work with Streets and Trips.
Is there a work around, or do I need to buy a different GPS receiver.
I'm a newbie to this site, and this topic may be old but I couldn't find it after browsing for a while.
Thanks for any guidance.
Ron
tcassidy
You will need the free Delorme serial emulator to have that GPS work with any other navigation program such as S&T.

DeLorme Serial Emulation Driver for Earthmate GPS Receivers

Terry
Ron7623
Outstanding. Thanks for the prompt reply.
Ron
Ron7623
Not only thanks for the advice, but it Works Like a Champ too. I installed the program on a 12" Dell laptop and an Acer Aspire One 8.9" Netbook. I ran MS Streets and Trips.. and the signal showed up without a hitch. So, on a lark, I opened up Delorme's Street Atlas 2009 simultaneously and it had a signal there also.

Again, many thanks.
Ron
tcassidy
One of the Microsoft guys on this site linked to a blog containing a step-by-step for using the LT-40 (same procedure) and S&T. If I wasn't so useless at searching, I could have answered even sooner. Maybe Marvin can point to it.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Ron, after using DeLorme Street Atlas for years, do let us know how you like your new Microsoft Streets & Trips after you play with it for a while.
Ron7623
Well, Here is a preliminary report.

I can't see Streets and Trips becoming my main squeeze, the Delorme program has many features that I can't do without. But on the other hand, S&T is much more thorough in the respect that more of the streets are named.. and the added functionality of using the live maps is outstanding. The images Bing brings up are about a year old (or so it seems) so they are very useful to me.

I am a lumber salesman. I have to go to job sites that are not on either of the mapping programs. New streets being poured are not on the map, so SA lets me draw in the streets and name them. But ST lets me view the area as it is being developed a year ago so the streets are usually in Bing.

Anyway, S&T has been very useful this past week. I will use them both.

I guess the biggest hurdle I've got to overcome is that I know every Delorme Street Atlas shortcut, and can use it with expertise. The Microsoft product is soooo different in how to do things, I may have to grow a little more brain to master it.

Regards,
Ron
Marvin Hlavac
Ron, that is the beauty of a laptop, you can have more than one mapping program installed on it. When you need a feature Streets & Trips has, launch that program, when you need Street Atlas, use that one. That's something people cannot do with a little personal navigation device.

By the way, since you are in sales, you may find the following of interest: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/661-video-teaches-sales-reps-how-use-microsoft-streets-trips
monkey2
Just downloaded the Delorme Serial Emulator, followed instructions, got "Error Reading setup initialization file" and refuses to run. Trying to use LT-40 GPS on Streets and Trips 2010 on Asus 10.1 running Windows XP Home SP3.

Asus decided it doesn't like Microsoft GPS. With Streets opened, selected configure GPS, USB 3 comes is the match. When I click connect or run, I get USB port is in use by another program. Nothing besides the MS GPS is plugged into the USB port. What's my problem?
tcassidy
The message doesn't mean that something else is plugged in, rather that some other program is already using the signal from the created COM port. You don't have GPS Gate running by any chance?

Terry
monkey2
Terry, Never heard of it .. I checked processing running didn't see it .. I've never knowing used it. I have Streets 2010, DeLorme 2010 on my Asus 10.1 netbook.
monkey2
Streets & Trips GPS doesn't connect on Asus, but works on my Lenovo 3000N200, but it's home, I'm on the road. I really like Google maps on my Droid, but the smaller device doesn't show the bigger picture when the traffic snarls from fender benders .. shutting down highways. If it has, avoid, that would help. I then pop up the Asus, but only DeLorme will run. It fills up the screen to the point I can't see like I could in Streets. Streets used to run, kinda iffy, some yes, mostly no. Does DeLorme use the "Gps Gate"?

Streets has been my favorite for years, but it has a nasty habit of changing my start times to fit destination stop times. If I was doing sales, I might want destination time weighted .. but I key off start time. I normally have to set the time at 6am to 6am, I'd like to be able to string daily start times on a long trip leg. Then time & distance to next gas would be easier. But Streets does it for a little bit, then it changes to stop weighted, and refuses to undo. That's what drove me looking for a better mapping program. and upgraded my DeLorme .. You DeLorme guys .. you run it on 10.1 netbooks?
monkey2
I recently had a meeting at an airport hotel by Pittsburgh, my Droid found the destination at Pittsburgh not at the Airport .. so it forced me to run my Lenovo 3000N200 with Streets & Trips from North Carolina.. when I got to Pittsburgh, they had renumbered the highways .. I was running the trail .. so after guessing the road I wanted, (it wasn't), I was able to cut thru the airport back roads to get back to the hotel.

On the return afterward, I used the Droid-Google as it had the updated route numbers, but halfway home, a big truck had a rollover & it shutdown the highway, so I fired up the Lenovo & Streets, got off and hit the back roads.

As I approached my new road on my intended route, the road wasn't there, it vanished from the Streets map and Streets auto-routed to the next road. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Even off-ramps on Interstates were shown on Streets but vanished as I got ready to exit using the Auto-route map. So I used my Droid to verify the road existed .. my 7 hrs return trip became 13 hrs to get home! The DeLorme was also useless in threading thru the mountain roads.. Now maybe Google Maps on my Lenovo or Asus 10.1 along with the Droid w/Google will be the solution?? But Google Maps on Notebooks doesn't seem to be a reality yet?
Ken in Regina
You can use Google Earth with a GPS receiver and without an internet connection.

The free version of Google Earth has a 2GB disk cache that you can preload with the maps of the area you want to travel in for offline use. It's a nuisance because the only way you can load the cache is to browse the maps online at the level of detail you are likely to need. I have heard rumours of a utility program that makes it easier to load the cache but I have not had any luck finding one.

It is much easier to use a GPS with Google Earth if you use a "helper" program like Earthbridge or GooPS. Otherwise it can be a bear to get the realtime navigation working.

You might want to bench that LT-40 and get a receiver that is friendlier. Any USB receiver that produces standard NMEA output will work fine with both Streets and Street Atlas.

...ken...
monkey2
Ken, How about this one at Geeks_com
UD-731-BP -- UniTraQ UD-731 USB 2.0 44-Channel GPS Receiver Black?
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