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Getting a GPS receiver to work with Windows 8.x & 10
werdnanostaw
If you have a modern PC with UEFI note the issue with GPSGate and solution in this link:

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5655-uefi-franson-gpsgate-failed-create-virtual-serial-port
Ken in Regina
I've moved the portion of the discussion that diverged into the upcoming "Collections" feature in Windows 10 Maps app to a new thread in the Software section.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5668-collections-windows-10-maps#post50788

It would be helpful if someone could take a fast look through it and see if it makes sense in the new context and that I didn't miss anything. Thanks.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
I've updated (again) the link to the GPSDirect sensor driver in the original post in this discussion.

It's now http://www.turboirc.com/main5/

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ohiobenz
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
I've updated (again) the link to the GPSDirect sensor driver in the original post in this discussion.

It's now http://www.turboirc.com/main5/

...ken...
Ken,
I recently purchased a Surface Pro 2017 with the sole purpose of being my Nav unit when traveling and off road in my truck.
I also purchased the GlobalSat BU 353 S4 GPS puck, loaded the software and it is working fine according to the GPS Info software, COM3 4800.
Google maps seems to see it fine, but for some reason none of the other map software does.
MapFactor GPS Navigator can't seem to find it and I can't find a way to point it to COM3.
Windows 10 Maps can't find it.
TwoNav Land can't find it...

So I installed the GPS Direct, installed the sensor driver, COM3 4800 and now GPSInfo gives a COM error and none of the software sees the GPS...

Any suggestions? I'm getting ready for a big trip and the goal was a bigger display, plus TbT software, and software that can read a .gpx waypoint file.
It all works on my Droid but thats the backup plan...
tcassidy
GPS Info gives a COM error as GPSDirect is tying up the COM port. The same applies to MapFactor as only one thing can use a COM port at one time. If you want to use some program that requires a location sensor and another which requires COM NMEA, try GPS Gate. Check its output COM ports and pick one for GPS Direct and a different one for COM NMEA. The free version of GPS Gate Splitter can provide 2 COM port outputs.

Make sure you have nothing using the COM 3 port when you set up GPS Gate Splitter so it can find it and assign it as input. Remember to disable GPS Direct as well.

https://gpsgate.com/products/gpsgate_client

Terry
Ken in Regina
Thanks Terry. I've been a bit under the weather so didn't get around to this one yet.

...ken...
ohiobenz
Thanks.
I loaded Maps Pro and it allowed me to set the COM port, booted up and connected flawlessly.
So I'm dumping all the other software; TwoNav, MapFactor, Navigator etc because Maps Pro can do both the TbT AND open GPX files, plus allow me to set which COM port without additional software....
tcassidy
Yes, I see that software can use an external GPS. Let us know how you make out with it.

Terry
ohiobenz
So far so good. Vector maps work offline. Loading a Ggogle map of tri state area as we speak. I hope to try it tomorrow.
I set the GPS to 2M accuracy and I'll say that running the Surface wih the GlobalSat is the most accurate I have seen on any software.
Ken in Regina
I've been playing with Maps Pro a bit with the idea of purchasing it. I've run into two issues so far. One is a showstopper.

I've been able to use the maps with an online connection. But if I want to download, say, the North America - Canada package to use offline it's going to cost me $11.99. I assume that's US dollars so that's even more. That's for Open Street Maps which I already have installed for Garmin and it cost me nothing.

I guess I could live with that. But....

I can only select a single destination when getting directions to somewhere. If it doesn't take the route I want I'm pretty much screwed because I can't find any way to insert multiple places in between to force the route I want. That's a showstopper for me.

Am I missing something??

...ken...
ohiobenz
It depends on how you use it I guess. When I have data connection I just run google maps. When I get to a route offline I open the gpx file and follow it.
As far as I can tell it lets you record and generate a route as well.
First software I've found that can do both TbT and open a GPX, plus accept my GPS receiver.

Oh, my cost was $4.99 for the app, and $9.99 for the US maps. USD
Ken in Regina
Yes, I found the "Add a waypoint" feature in the "Directions" function. It appears that, at least with Open Street Maps, I can add up to 25 "waypoints" to a route and they can be a combination of town names, street addresses, or Favorites (what we know as waypoints in the Garmin world).

Darn good thing, too. In order to get from Regina, SK, to Alliance, AB, took 5 "waypoints" in between to force any sort of sensible routing.

I had no problem loading my 300-odd "Favorites" from a GPX backup file I keep around for safety. It looks like loading a track file would be just as easy.

So now the only head-scratcher for me is whether I want to pay the money (US$20 or CAD$24) for the offline maps for North America. I already have them for my Garmin apps and my Garmin personal navigation devices (PNDs). So in my case the only reason to get them is to play around with the app.

I just have to decide if it's worth it. It definitely would be if I needed it! Best Windows 10 app I've found so far.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
Here's the route from Regina, SK, to Alliance, AB. Note that between the green and red start and end points I had to place the 5 grey waypoints to force it to take a sensible route. Otherwise it kept taking me up through Saskatoon or down through Calgary. Arrgh!

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ohiobenz
Ken, the offline maps have unlimited lifetime updates so I thought it well worth the price.
ohiobenz
How do I post a pic off my phone?
There's no drag n drop...
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