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Unable to connect GPS successfully to Garmin nRoute in Windows 7
TOphotog
I know that nRoute has been discontinued, but has anyone been successful in getting it to work in Windows 7 environment?

My results:
nRoute starts, it keeps saying on black notification bar that it's searching for satellites, then connection broken, then searching, then connection broken, etc etc. A little grey box comes on the bottom of the Legend HCX screen saying "transfer complete" and then after about 60-90 seconds, the GPS unit turns off by itself. I've tried two different USB cords, and have tried on two different Win7 laptops so I know it's not the cord or USB port.

I just tested it, and nRoute is still working properly on my old XP laptop with no problems. I do have 2009 and 2010 City Navigator installed on both laptops.

Any ideas on getting it to work with Win7? I've searched the forums and haven't found any posts on this subject (or else I missed it). Thanks.
tcassidy
Are you sure you have the Hcx in the right mode? 'Transfer complete' is not a message you should get when using the Etrex as a GPS. nRoute works fine with Win 7.

Terry
TOphotog
Hmmm, interesting. It's in GPS mode, not mass storage device. I used the exact same method of connecting as with the XP laptop where nRoute worked properly. I can get nRoute to work in Win7 but can't connect the GPS successfully to nRoute in Win7.

Yes, I thought that "transfer complete" message was strange as well as I never encountered it before in with WinXP.
tcassidy
Unfortunately, I don't have an Etrex. I have used nRoute in Win 7 , both 32 and 64 bit, with a Garmin BT10x though.

You might want to try GPS Gate. It could find your Etrex and supply the appropriate data to nRoute.

Terry
TOphotog
Thanks for that advice, Terry. I'll try it and see if that corrects the behaviour. Will report back on it.
TOphotog
Such joy. Now the installation of GPS Gate has screwed up my nRoute registry and it won't run. Removed and re-installed three times and still giving an error message. Wonderful, now I've got a new problem to deal with.
tcassidy
Generally, an error message from nRoute is caused by a faulty map, not by GPS Gate.

Terry
TOphotog
OK, after a system restore, and re-installation of GPS Gate and THEN nRoute, it's all working successfully. Thank you for that suggestion, Terry, it worked!!!
TOphotog
Yes, I'd normally agree about the error message cause except that it was working fine a few hours ago, with all installed maps. Nothing changed except adding GPS Gate. The restore and re-installation worked.
tcassidy
It is good you had the appropriate system restore point to go back to. Sounds like you plan ahead! Congratulations and glad I could help a bit.

Terry
TOphotog
Terry, it only takes one computer screw-up to impress upon one's self that system restore is a necessity in life! Right now, I'm running four different laptops, a desktop and Playbook and need to keep it all running perfectly, hence my frustration with this recent not-doing-what-it-should. I have it set to automatically make a restore point with any software changes/installs.

Thank you again for your generous help - greatly appreciated here in TO.
TOphotog
By the way, I downloaded GPSGate Client. Do you know where I can find the download for GPS Gate Express? I searched their site high and low and couldn't find it. It kept sending me in circles but with no download link.
tcassidy
As I understand GPS Gate is now free, I wouldn't know why you want the limited model. Maybe I'm wrong though.

GpsGate Downloads - GpsGate.com

Terry
TOphotog
The download includes a 14 day free trial of GpsGate Client Standard features. I don't see any link to a free version?
tcassidy
I'll have to admit the wording is very confusing to me. I assume it to mean the download includes both but you would need to buy a license to activate the non Express part. You will have to try it yourself however as I have had GPS Gate in one form or another for about 8 years.

Terry
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