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Windows 10 USB GPS logging
DanMerrick
I'm a total noob here and hope I can get some help. I recently bought a cheapo ASUS x205ta notebook computer and have upgraded it to Windows 10. I also have a Globalsat ‑ BU‑353 receiver.

I used to have a Windows XP notebook and used GPS to Excel software from www.wingwaysystems.com to log speed and position every second. I do car testing and use it to monitor speed while shooting video. All I need is a record of time, position and speed. A text file or CSV file would be fine.

I don't want to install Excel on the little ASUS and I am not sure it even has the capacity to run stand-alone Excel. I often work where there is no cell or data service.

Is there some way to get a simple log of position? I can calculate speed if I need to. The idea would be to load the resulting TXT or CSV or whatever file into Excel on my desktop and analyze the data there.

I haven't done any programming since I was in college and that was FORTRAN.

Thanks,
Dan
Boyd
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Originally Posted by DanMerrick
I don't want to install Excel on the little ASUS and I am not sure it even has the capacity to run stand-alone Excel.
Can't really help with your basic question, but have you looked at Apache Open Office as an alternative for Excel? I didn't want to purchase MS Office for a Windows machine that I bought last year so I gave it a try and have been very impressed. It is free open source software: https://www.openoffice.org
DanMerrick
I've used Open Office and it is not only free but almost as good as MS Office. The GPS to Excel software does not work with it though.
Boyd
Well I think there are a number of programs that allow you to save tracklogs, Garmin's old nRoute software can do it for example. Don't know if it runs on WIndows 10, but I would think so. It's free: http://gawisp.com/perry/nroute/

I believe you would need to use GPSGate to convert NMEA data from the GPS to Garmin's proprietary format. The tracklogs would be .gpx files but they are just plain text XML files. You could convert them to other formats using software like GPSBabel.

I'm sure there are others, OziExplorer for example.
Ken in Regina
Check the app store. There is a Windows 10 app called GPS Satellite that might do what you need.

For the desktop side of Windows 10 check this site. You should be able to find something useful.
http://www.maps-gps-info.com/fgpfw.html#Windows

In either case you might have some challenges getting an external GPS receiver to work with Windows 10. Microsoft introduced the concept of "sensors" with Windows 8.0 and it continues through Windows 10. tcassidy and I have had some .... interesting ... times trying to get external receivers to work with various versions on various devices.

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Ken in Regina
Dan, I completely forgot about some utilities that one of our members (MrUmbra) wrote some time back. I know they still work on Windows 7. I have not had occasion to test them in Windows 10. Here's a link to a post containing a download link for the one that might be most useful for your purposes (triplogv2). I suggest you scan through the entire thread because there are some tips on how to use it that will add some flexibility if you need it.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/3996-gps-software-save-latitude-longitude-location-name-csv#post33100

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Ken in Regina
i have my BU-353S4 connected to my Surface Pro tablet with Windows 10. I'm running GPSGate Express to convert the GPS signal into Garmin format for input to nRoute. It's working nicely.The CP210x USB to serial driver is being used.

The GPS Satellite modern app also works but I can't figure out how to get it to log track data.

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Ken in Regina
Sorry to chase you all over the place but I just found an excellent tool that has huge flexibility in track logging and seems to work pretty well in Win 10. It's Turbo GPS. It's a reasonably new and currently supported application.

http://www.turboirc.com/tgps/

Here's the support forum where you can find a ton of information about using GPS receivers in Windows' new sensor modes if you have any difficulty.

http://www.turboirc.com/forum/

Note that for my current testing of these Windows desktop applications I'm running the GPSGate Express client v2.6.0.042 and pointing the application at one of the virtual COM ports it creates.

...ken...
DanMerrick
Lots to work with here. I'm going to have to spend some time on these suggestions. Thank you all.
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