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f5fstop
Is there any other alternative to sync a laptop running garmine with a GPS receiver; other than that piece of garbage produced and sold by Franson?

Over the past few months, every time I have needed to use this software, I have been forced to remove it, then re-install after a computer shut down. This is regardless of how I shut down GPS Gate. Not convenient, but at least I could get this terrible software to work.

Now, it appears the software won't even load up after another re-install.

I have the license key, it appears to change nothing.

Therefore, does anyone know of any other software on the market that will also work, and I do mean work; not like GPS Gate. Or have I just been temporarily screwed by this Company.


The computer used is a Toshiba, 2GHz processor, 3 GB Ram, running Vista 32 bit.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by f5fstop
Is there any other alternative to sync a laptop running garmine with a GPS receiver; ...
Could you be a little more specific about what you are actually trying to do?

1. I don't know what you mean by "sync". GPSGate does not sync anything. It takes the GPS data coming in on a USB or Bluetooth port and splits it onto multiple virtual COM ports so you can run two or more navigation programs at the same time using one GPS receiver. If you ask it to, it will also take standard incoming NMEA data and convert it to the proprietary Garmin protocol on one of the virtual COM ports if you need the Garmin protocol for something.

What are you trying to use GPSGate for?

2. By "garmine" I assume you mean you are using something you bought from "Garmin". What is that? Maps? Which map product (name)? A program of some kind for your laptop? Which one (name & version)?

...ken...
tcassidy
GPS Gate is the best multiport GPS software on the market by a mile. It's a no brainer to use with mixed Garmin products. If you are having problems, look elsewhere because it is not GPS Gate that is causing it.

Terry
f5fstop
Syncing may not have been the correct word to use. I mean to allow the GPS receiver to work with the Garmin software that is installed on my Toshiba. For those who say this GPS Gate software is the best, does not answer my question. I asked if there was another software that will do the same as GPS Gate. If not, then I will have to go to another type of topo software to bypass GPS Gate. IT DOES NOT WORK CORRECTLY!

In addition, the owner (or someone) at the software company does not know what customer service is, other than when something does not work, they do refund your money right away.

I was going to post his answers which were short and not helpful in any manner. But decided to just end this now. This software might work for some, but does not work for all. And if customer service is needed, this is not the company to work with. I will say they refund, but they do NOT help.

I wrote the compay a month or so ago about the install/re-install problem. I wrote them last night in regard to the software now, will not work. I had the product key (3RZuqkbKeNr ... bkUvxH), and that does not help.


I'll let it drop here. I'll just purchase new software to use on the laptop that does not require this software to work.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by f5fstop
Syncing may not have been the correct word to use. I mean to allow the GPS receiver to work with the Garmin software that is installed on my Toshiba. For those who say this GPS Gate software is the best, does not answer my question. I asked if there was another software that will do the same as GPS Gate. If not, then I will have to go to another type of topo software to bypass GPS Gate. IT DOES NOT WORK CORRECTLY!
But you don't say what software you are trying to use.

Is it topo maps? Or is it some Garmin program that you are trying to use to navigate with topo maps? What garmin program?

I am not aware of any Garmin software that requires GPSGate to work. I have Garmin nRoute, Mobile PC, Mapsource and BaseCamp. I don't need GPSGate to make any of it work. It all works just fine without GPSGate.

I have many Garmin map products, including topo maps and road maps, and also third-party Garmin-compatible map products. None of them require GPSGate to work.

...ken...
Hermen
Ken in Regina

Can you do real time tracking in Base Camp? I have Base Camp on my laptop and a 76cS that I want to connect to track my position on the laptop. Doesn't seem to have an option for it on the software unlike the old version.

Thanks, Hermen
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Hermen
Ken in Regina

Can you do real time tracking in Base Camp?
Nope.

...ken...
Hermen
!@#$%%^

That's why I bought it! Is there any way to get around it with additional software? Why would they have taken this feature off the previous version? It worked great!

Thanks Ken
tcassidy
BaseCamp does not cost anything. It is a free download. If you actually have MapSource maps on your computer, rather than just on the 76, you might consider nRoute. Garmin has abandoned it but it is still available.

Terry
Hermen
I bought Garmin TOPO Canada. It is a DVD with maps. Cost about $125. When installed I get two icons, one for BaseCamp and one for MapInstall.

I have a Panasonic Toughbook with a truck mount that I want to connect the GPS to. Much easier to see than on the small GPS screen. Can take the hand held and go when hunting or hiking and then back to the truck. Can also change

Thanks for your help.
tcassidy
Unfortunately, Topo Canada is in the new map format Garmin is using which is not compatible with nRoute. You will have to get a copy of MapReverseConverter (JaVaWa GPS-tools | Use City Navigator Europe NT with MapSource 6.13.7). Slight hoop to jump through there as you must send an email to the person who wrote it to obtain a copy.

Next, download the latest version of MapSource from Garmin (Garmin: MapSource Updates & Downloads) to give you a different view of your map. It can read both the old and new versions but might have a problem if they are both available at the same time.

Then download nRoute 2.76 from Perry (Index of /perry/nroute) and the Canada Topo map should be listed if you converted it right. I think you can even use your 76 as a GPS as that map is not locked.

Terry
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Ken in Regina
Yes, I have Topo Canada v4. It works great with nRoute and my eTrex Legend HCx connected as the GPS receiver. So the 76 will work fine with that combination. You will not get the 3D terrain view that Basecamp provides, but you can still use Basecamp for planning if the terrain view makes it easier.

...ken...
Hermen
So I'm confused then; Topo Canada v4 does work with nRoute, or do I still have to convert the maps?
tcassidy
You have to convert the maps. Both Ken and I have already done that in the past.

Terry
Ken in Regina
@Hermen, yes, you have to convert the maps to the old format. It's really really painless.

nRoute is an older Garmin navigation program that they stopped developing awhile ago. As Terry said, it's a free download. The maps were distributed in a different format at that time. nRoute does not understand how to find and use the new format. So the ReverseMapConverter that Terry pointed you to will convert the new (.GMAP) format back to the old format.

It's quite legal because it does nothing to alter the map data. It simply changes where it is stored on your hard drive and adds the necessary Registry entries so that nRoute and older versions of Mapsource can find and use the maps. It also leaves your original installation untouched, so any programs that might only understand the new .GMAP format will still be happy.

@Terry, you don't have to remove either of the map sets. I still have the original .GMAP installation and also the converted maps. Basecamp and the new Mapsource do not seem at all confused. I'm not sure which set they are using but they both display them just fine.

...ken...
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