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Setting up a GPS in Odyssey Navigator
Ken in Regina
Okay, I checked. The GPS10x is currently showing up on COM13. So I can either mess about with Device Manager to change it. Or I can just run GPSGate, which will automatically put it down on 2, 3, 4, and 5 for me.

Guess which method I'll use if I want to run Odyssey Navigator with my 10x?

...ken...
tcassidy
Definitely the other method from what I would do!!

Terry
Ken in Regina
I suppose I could mess with device manager and move it to COM9. Hopefully it would stay there and I wouldn't have to do anything else with it. But that would also require me to remember which USB port I had the BT dongle plugged into at the time.

Naw.... I'll just use GPSGate if it's on too high a port for ON. Much simpler.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
I just checked and Xport also works just fine with the GPS10x Bluetooth GPS receiver. And it's free (well, donationware if you find it useful). Much easier than having to mess with Device Manager to move the COM port. And then try to remember to always get the Bluetooth dongle in the same USB port every time.

It's always good to have choices.

...ken...
tcassidy
Changing the BT dongle to another USB port changes the COM port assignments? Never seen that but I might not have been looking.

Terry
Ken in Regina
I'm pretty sure it does. USB GPS receivers definitely show up on different COM ports as you move them to different USB ports and I'm pretty sure the last time I tested on my laptop I got a different pair of COM ports as I moved the BT dongle to different USB ports, too.

...ken...
tcassidy
That is only true of the BU-353. Try the 2 different Microsoft USB GPS devices and you will see they maintain the same driver and COM port regardless of the USB you use. This was the one thing I didn't like about the PL2303 driver which originated with USB to serial devices. I think the reason was to allow more than one COM connection.

Terry
tcassidy
I tested the BT dongle on my main computer as it is easy to move. I checked the COM port for the iTrek at COM11 and moved the dongle to another USB. Windows installed all the ports again but, as you say, the iTrek was now on COM19. So, changing the BT dongle to a different USB port does change the COM port assignments (with this dongle anyway).

Terry
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