Globalsat BU-353 & Windows 7 not working with Google Earth
Hi, I've been using my Globalsat BU-353 with Windows XP for a few months with no problems but after upgrading to Windows 7 I can't get it to work with Google Earth and GooPs.

It's listed under Device Manager as 'Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM 4)' and the driver seems to be installed ok. When I run the GPS Information program it appears to pick up the GPS data ok such as Lat/Lon etc. The GPS mouse itself has the red light flashing.

I'm also using XPort (CuriousTech) so I can run more than one instance of GPS software, as I was doing with Windows XP. The XPort settings I have are: Input Port - COM4 (green light), Baud Rate 4800 with 'Enable Ports' ticked and COM1 (green light), with COM2 (red light).

When I open GooPs it automatically opens Google Earth, and the GooPs GPS options are set as Port: COM1, Rate: 4800, and 'Autoconnect' ticked. The GooPs window shows "Signal Acquired" but nothing happens on Google Earth.

On Google Earth the GooPsServers box is ticked but it displays an alternating yellow and green light across the front of the folder. Even with GooPs disabled I can't get Google Earth to locate my current position. I go to Tools>GPS>Realtime and select the protocol as NMEA, tick the 'automatically follow path' box and START 'real-time tracking', but nothing happens. The Google Earth screen just sits there showing blue in the middle of the ocean.

Anyone know where I'm going wrong because I've run out of ideas?

When I was playing around with Goops and GE I had to boot with the BU-353 connected or the driver didn't load correctly. That was with Franson's GPSGate running as a service.

You might give that a shot. I would have to either stop GPSGate, plug in the BU-353 and then start GPSGate or boot with the BU-353 plugged in.

Thanks Ted. After hours of mucking around (and pulling my hair out) it turned out to be a Google Earth problem. A simple reinstall solved the problem.
Glad to see you've got it going.

Ted About