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My Earthmate LT-40 doesn't work with Streets & Trips?
smash591
I have read a number of posts on Laptop GPS World, and I guess I need to start with a description of my problem. Last year I purchased Delorme Street Atlas 2009, and my package came with a LT-40 USB GPS receiver. I have successfully used the StreetAtlas software since installing it. It is now 2010 and I decided to switch software instead of upgrading the StreetAtlas. My decision to switch is based mostly because of software interface difficulties.

Before I purchased the Microsoft Streets and Trips software, I checked the compatibility info, and the LT-40 claims to be a NMEA device. So I installed the Streets & Trips software, and nothing happened. The S&T software cannot detect my GPS. Remember from above, the GPS works fine with the SA software on the same machine. So what gives? Any comments are appreciated.

Here is the details on the machine:
Toshiba Satellite A205 laptop with Vista Home Basic (32 bit) OS.
tcassidy
Unfortunately the LT-40 does not come with a serial driver (output to COM port). However Delorme has a free downloadable program that will provide COM port data so you can use the LT-40 with S&T. I think it works with Vista 32 bit.

DeLorme Serial Emulation Driver for Earthmate GPS Receivers

Terry
avtaylor6
I have a similar problem with a Delorme Earthmate GPS LT-20. Is there any way to make it work with MS Streets&Trips on a 64 bit version of Vista? The Emulation Driver won't work with System 7 or with Vista in 64 bit mode according to the notes with the driver. Any other software that will perform the magic connection?

Will an older (2006 or 2007) version of the Microsoft hardware work on a 64 bit system?

Thanks for any help.
Alan
tcassidy
The problem isn't with S&T. The software Delorme has released to allow their GPS devices to work with other programs does not support 64 bit operating systems. If you wish to use the LT-40 get a copy of Delorme Street Atlas 2010 and you'll be good to go. Otherwise, consider another GPS.

Terry
avtaylor6
Terry,
Thanks, I had almost come to the same conclusion. I think instead, I will follow yours and others suggestions to other Streets & Trips owners and buy a used or cheap MS GPS receiver.
Thanks again for all your help,
Alan
Marvin Hlavac
Alan, how cheap is cheap? You could buy a brand new BU-353 for under $40.
tcassidy
Most any USB GPS receiver other than those made by Garmin and Delorme will work with S&T. Of course, one of our favourites for its all round durability and moderate price is the GlobalSat BU-353.

Terry
tcassidy
Maybe you could sell your LT-40. It is an fine GPS when used with Delorme's map products.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Maybe you could sell your LT-40. It is an fine GPS when used with Delorme's map products.

Terry
Alan has an LT-20. Not likely worth the postage to anyone when you consider how inexpensive either Street Atlas 2010 with LT40 bundle or Streets&Trips 2010 with GPS bundle are these days.

...ken...
tcassidy
Sorry, got the post confused with the header. I agree the LT-20 isn't worth the powder to blow it to hell these days.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Sorry, got the post confused with the header. I agree the LT-20 isn't worth the powder to blow it to hell these days.

Terry
Well, I wouldn't have gone quite that far. If it works and you can't afford a new one, it's worth gold to you.

But your implication that it does not compare very well to inexpensive currently available technology is correct.

...ken...
avtaylor6
Thanks Ken & Terry, your knowledge helped me identify the need for, then search and find a used Pharos GPS 500 locator to use with my existing copy of Streets & Trips 2009.
Alan
Ken in Regina
Hi Alan,

You will be happy with the Pharos 500. It's a good performer and it's the one that Microsoft used to bundle with Streets&Trips until this year.

...ken...
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