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Delorme Topo USA 8.0 + BU-353 + Acer Aspire One = Compatible?
tcassidy
Just a correction. The COM ports are assigned as you use them. They are not dedicated to a USB port. Depending on which USB you used first will determine which COM port is assigned. Also, there is a way to have the GPS go to the same COM port, no matter which USB port you connect it to.

Terry
crusader
I never just close the lid--It seems to cause issues.

I tell it to sleep if I want to keep everything the same when I fire it up again in a few miutes (sleep still uses batteries). I tell it to hibernate if I want it to remember what I had open but fully shut down. If I don't care what I had open when I fire it back up, I'll just hit "shut down".
crusader
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
Just a correction. The COM ports are assigned as you use them. They are not dedicated to a USB port. Depending on which USB you used first will determine which COM port is assigned. Terry
That's what I thought too, but it doesn't pan out that way (at least not on mine). I can plug my antenna into the right-side USB port from a cold start and it will be COM5 every time. Check it out using the GpsInfo program that came with the antenna.
tcassidy
That is because that is the COM port Windows assigned to the driver when you first plugged the GPS in to that port. If you had first plugged the GPS into a different USB port, your assignments would likely have been different. Once the COM port is assigned, it will not change though.

Terry
crusader
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
That is because that is the COM port Windows assigned to the driver when you first plugged the GPS in to that port. If you had first plugged the GPS into a different USB port, your assignments would likely have been different. Once the COM port is assigned, it will not change though.

Terry

Ahh...So it remembers back when I first did it way back when? OK. Sounds good!

In that case... Disclaimer: Your USB ports may yeild different COM port equivalents than mine, but they will be consistent, once established.
tcassidy
Closing the lid of your computer may put it into Sleep or Hibernate mode. Although I can't remember how GPS Gate responds to Sleep mode, you might want to uncheck the 'Close Input when computer hibernates' to see if that makes a difference. You can access the option by closing the input COM port.

Terry
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Marvin Hlavac
Just a quick note that if you tend to use different USB ports for your USB GPS, you may easily set your GPS receiver to use the same com port in all of your USB ports.

You could do this, one by one, for each of your USB ports, in the Device Manager. Ask if you need more info. It might have been discussed here before I think.
steven4mcg
That brings up another oddity, I can't open the GPS Gate program. Clicking on the icon produces nothing. Does the antenna have to be hooked up for that?
tcassidy
To open the program which is probably running, right click the icon in the notification area and choose 'Settings'.

Terry
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steven4mcg
THANKS!
crusader
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
To open the program which is probably running, right click the icon in the notification area and choose 'Settings'.

Terry
Just to add to that: The notification area is the one in the lower right corner, with the battery status and volume controls. My GPSgate icon is hidden down there, I have to expand the area to see it. Red icon=No GPS, yellow=GPS but no data, Green = GPS with position data.
tcassidy
Sorry, I was late with the screen shot. I always leave the notification area expanded.

Terry
steven4mcg
Welp I've decided that the Aspire One just aint fast enough for the Topo (9.0 plus what I'm asking it to do.)
Since the CPU can not be upgraded any suggestions on a similar sized, maybe even touch screen computer upgrade?
tcassidy
Although I didn't try that program, I'll bet the ASUS EP121 Slate could run it fine. About twice the power of a netbook but the touch screen is a little large at 12". Pricey too! I wouldn't try it on my Fujitsu q550 slate but the HP 500 might be able to do it. It is a little better than a netbook.

Terry
steven4mcg
12" would be even better than the 10" But you're right about the price.
Probably don't need the touch screen the more I think about it.
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