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Garmin GPS 10x Dropping Bluetooth Connection
Rudolfs
Hi,

I'm new to this forum. (that sound like I'm joining the AA)

I need some help with my Garmin 10x.

In nRoute I get the following sequence:

1. Attempting Connection to GPS
2. Searching for Satelites
3. Connection broken

This happens over and over, each sequence lasting about 20 seconds.

I have tried various com ports (26, 1, 2, 40), and it all has the same result.

What else can I try? Please help.
tcassidy
If this a newer 10x, you may be having an issue with the Toshiba Bluetooth stack. One of my 10x does exactly that with Mobile PC. The easiest solution is to get a Bluetooth USB Dongle and disable your internal Bluetooth (assuming it is Toshiba).

Another solution could be to use GPS Gate. Download and install it and let it find your 10x. Then set nRoute to the COM port it lists for Garmin products.

Terry
Rudolfs
Hi Terry,

Thanks for your prompt reply. This unit is about 4 or 5 years old. I originally got it bundled with a smartphone. I have tried this unit on another laptop a while ago, but it had the same problem, although that laptop had a proven working setup with another 10x.

My laptop is a Dell Vostro 1520, with no internal BT. I am using a dongle. How do I determine what BT stack I'm using?

I have downloaded and installed GpsGate, and will test it as soon as I have fetched my 10x from the office. Forgetfulness is a bad thing.
tcassidy
Your mention of using COM 40 made me think it was a Toshiba stack. I have not run across any dongles using the Toshiba Bluetooth stack so that is probably a red herring. Hopefully GPS Gate will resolve your issues.

What version of nRoute are you using? Are the maps unlocked to the 10x?

Terry
Rudolfs
I'm using nRoute 2.7.6.

I also have a Nuvi 1410, and the Topo and Rec maps are unlocked to that unit. I also have Tracks4Africa installed, which has open maps.
Rudolfs
I have now tried the connection with GpsGate, but I'm still having the same problem. The connection to the 10x just happens a LOT faster.
tcassidy
Does GPS Gate show a green icon in the notification area?

Terry
Rudolfs
After a bit of fiddling and restarting, it now shows a green icon. Starting nRoute turned it red. Closing nRoute and restarting the 10X turned it green again.
tcassidy
You have to point nRoute to the COM port that GPS Gate lists on its Output tab. That can be checked by right clicking on the GPS Gate icon and choosing 'Settings'. On the Output tab, you will see one COM port listed as Virtual COM(x)/ Garmin Emulator (generic Device). In nRoute, click on Utilities and 'Select GPS'. Select the Serial port button and change the drop down to the COM port listed in GPS Gate.

Terry
Rudolfs
Done that. Now I get a screen that looks like the attachment. The GpsGate message alternates with " Running OK, Unknown data is coming in".
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10x.jpg  
Rudolfs
It does the same, regardless of which mapset I select.
tcassidy
Sounds like a problem with the 10x. However, you say that GPS Gate stays green forever as long as nRoute is not running?

Terry
Rudolfs
This is what I have, without interruption, if nRoute is not running. The second screenshot shows the only anomaly I can find in GpsGate, all the other items shows "Running OK!".
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10x2.jpg   10x3.jpg  
Rudolfs
And suddenly it works! I have no idea why now, other than the laptop and the GPS being switched off for the last 8 hours. I am now TOTALLY confused, but it WORKS!

I will try it out over the next few days, and let you know how it behaves.

Thank you so much for your help and patience, Terry. Garmin should get rid of their support department and pay you guys instead. This is a magnificent resource that you have here.

Rudolf
tcassidy
The 10x is capable of Garmin data format and standard NMEA output. It starts on power on in NMEA mode and switches to Garmin if it receives a request from a Garmin program such as nRoute. Possibly, it needed a full reset. Lets hope it stays up ok now. Are you still using GPS Gate?

Terry
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