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How to use Garmin Nuvi as a GPS receiver for MS Streets & Trips (via GpsGate)
FraggedLocust
I have a Garmin Nuvi 255w that I would like to pair with Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009. One of the problems is that this device uses the USB instead of a COM port. I have read that GPSGate is a solution to this problem for this GPS, but I have yet to get GPSGate to see the device. The device works fine under Windows exploring and Garmin updating, so I don't understand what the problem could be.

Could I get some pointers on setting up GPSGate with my GPS?
tcassidy
Turn on the Nuvi and hold your finger on the battery indicator for 10 seconds or so. When a test menu comes up, connect the USB cable and press Exit. Then see if GPS Gate can find it.

Terry
Ken in Regina
As Terry indicated, the Nuvi navigation devices to not send the GPS data out the USB port by default. They are programmed just to allow you to transfer other stuff (Favorites, routes, tracks) back and forth between the Nuvi and the PC. If you have a model that is able to act as a GPS receiver for your PC, you need to do a special ritual to tell the Nuvi to switch modes and send GPS data out the USB connection.

If Terry's sequence doesn't work, try turning around three times, spitting over your left shoulder and sacrificing two virgin hampsters while facing 237 True.

...ken...
FraggedLocust
Thanks. That worked perfectly. Had a little hiccup selecting the output on GPSGate for Streets and Trips 2009, but after a quick visit to the doc, it's all corrected now.
Ken in Regina
Thanks. That worked perfectly. ...
Which method? Putting your finger on the battery indicator or sacrificing the hamsters?

...ken...
FraggedLocust
Well I mixed it up a bit to make sure it stuck. I started off with Terry's method, and then I turned around and spit. Couldn't find any hamsters, though, so I had to settle for virgin DVDs.
sledgehampster
and sacrificing two virgin hampsters
Wow, not even sure how to respond to that... :rofl"
t923347
@ FraggedLocust

Don't know if you still need help with your 255 but it I picked this up on another website and it worked perfectly with my 780 connected to my laptop:

"When you connect the Nuvi via USB normally, it is recognized by Windows as a storage device (like USB Drive). For the GPSGate recognize the Nuvi, you must connect it to the PC as a GPS and not as a PenDrive. The next steps explain how to proceed:

- Turn on the Nuvi without connecting the USB cable to the PC.
- Enter diagnostic mode by pressing the icon of the battery for about 10 seconds.
- As you enter the diagnostic screen, connect the USB cable and then exit the screen by pressing "Exit". Wait for the installation of the driver by Windows (the first time takes a while).

There, the Nuvi is connected to the GPS mode. Now let's create a virtual COM port that emulates a serial connection.

- Open GPSGate and follow the setup wizard as follows:







This is the GPSGate up and running:



The results in S&T look like this:


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avbuddy
I did all the turning around, spitting, killing spiders, throwing snowballs and using cleverly designed words before i stumbled upon this forum and my last two words are thank you.
Ken in Regina
Welcome avbuddy,

Glad you found something helpful. Happy New Year!!

...ken...
CJAB
Thank you for your post, it saved me a lot of time!!!
I wish I would have found this months ago...
Peace
mjdesalvio
t923347, in your instructions
- Turn on the Nuvi without connecting the USB cable to the PC.
- Enter diagnostic mode by pressing the icon of the battery for about 10 seconds.
- As you enter the diagnostic screen, connect the USB cable and then exit the screen by pressing "Exit". Wait for the installation of the driver by Windows (the first time takes a while).
I have realized that on my Windows 7 netbook, I needed to leave the GPS in diagnostic mode for Win7 to install the driver and display that it is ready to use. Streets and Trips 2010 recognizes this as a GPS after configuring with GPSGate however, I am stuck with a "searching for sat" and an eventual error message that non enough data could be collected.

I want to confirm that when using a Garmin 1490 as a GPS receiver, you remain in diagnostic mode. I ask this because if I click exit after connecting to the PC, upon exiting the diagnostic screen, my netbook will disconnect as a GPS and reconnect upon the GPS restarting in normal PC mode (similar to a flash drive).

This is what leads me to believe that you must remain in diagnostic mode to use the GPS as a receiver for Streets and Trips. Please advise!

Does anyone have any suggestions to make this work. Nuvi 1490 appears to be completely compatible with Streets and Trips 2010.

Thanks!
tcassidy
Does the GPS Gate icon turn green?

Terry
t923347
@mjdesalvio - sorry I can't be much help to you. Those instructions were for Vista 32Bit and a Nuvi 760. I now use Windows 7 and although I still have the 760 it's 1500 miles from where I am currently living. I don't have GPSgate installed on my current Windows 7 64 Bit laptop so can't test it for you on my 1490 either.
Ken in Regina
Streets&Trips is not telling you anything useful. It sees the virtual COM port that GPSGate has set up, that's all. It will respond the same way any time you run GPSGate and connect Streets&Trips to the virtual COM port, even if there is no GPS connected to the PC.

I think if your 1490 goes into mass storage mode as soon as you exit from the diagnostic screen, it is a model that does not support being used as an external GPS receiver. This is the way my 765T behaves.

...ken...
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