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Garmin nRoute Windows 8 installation problems
Wychwar
Have successfully used a Garmin GPS18 and nRoute on a Windows XP laptop for a number of years now. Tracking and recording the route taken by the ship when enjoying cruising holidays. Also managed to get the hardware and software working on a Windows 7 netbook computer when doing a river Rhine cruise.

The last two cruises have been plagued with the laptop losing the GPS signal every time the cabin steward switched off any light in the cabin (the battery has a very short run time so had to leave the charger permanently connected).

Have now purchased a new Windows 8.1 laptop. Mapsource has installed O.K. and the GPS receiver has been recognized but all attempts to use compatibility mode to install nRoute 276 have failed.

Has anyone solved this problem?

Wychwar
tcassidy
I have certainly installed nRoute successfully on a 32 bit Win 8 computer - no compatibility settings required. Haven't tried it on a 64 bit one yet but I think Ken has.

Try installing it without bothering with compatibility mode.

Terry
tcassidy
Just tried it on my Microsoft Surface running Win 8.1 (64 bit) and it installed fine. I have it running with a Garmin 10x GPS using Canada MetroGuide v5 as that is an unlocked map.

Terry
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Wychwar
Hello Terry.

Thanks for your reply. I have now managed to install Nroute. Downloaded a new copy and ran the install immediately with no problem. The new computer is working with my GPS18, Nroute and Mapsource.

Has anyone had experience of losing gps connection when the power to the charger is turned when the charger is connected to the laptop?
tcassidy
I would suggest you need a new GPS. The 18 is pretty old and newer ones are a lot more sensitive and faster at initiating. I suspect your maps are locked to the 18 but you can overcome that in nRoute by using GPS Gate.

Terry
Ken in Regina
I just installed nRoute and GPSGate Express. I was able to connect to both of my Bluetooth GPS receivers - Garmin GPS10X and i.Trek M7 - with no problems. I haven't tried a USB receiver yet.
Ken in Regina
nRoute looks quite nice in portrait mode. Controlling it with touch gestures is okay except you still have to use the arrow keys to move the map around.

It has survived amazingly well. It has all the features I need. The only minor inconvenience is having to reverse convert the new GMAP format maps. But even that went really fast on my Surface Pro.
tcassidy
Since we often recommend the GlobalSat BU353 S4 as a great USB GPS, I tested it with the Surface Pro, GPS Gate and nRoute. It installed automatically and GPS Gate set up a Garmin port with no issues. I set nRoute to the correct port and was connected immediately.

Terry
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Boyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
It has survived amazingly well.
For me, the poor graphics performance limits the usefulness of nRoute. I don't use it with routable maps like City Navigator, but topo maps that I make myself with a very high level of detail. nRoute just chokes on these with my HP Slate 500 (which admittedly has a netbook-class CPU). It is not usable at all in track-up mode.

The same maps perform acceptably on MobilePC, so I think nRoute is just too old to take advantage of the newer graphics chips.
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