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NikTheGeek
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:57 pm    Post subject: Software to test nmea output Reply with quote

Hi, is there any freeware I can get for PC and PocketPC that will test the output/connection of a GPS system? My iNFORAD has a nmea ouput, but before I spend any money on software, I want to make sure it works. Particularly on my Acer N30 PocketPC - I have the connection to the iNFORAD working ok, but in the case of the PocketPC it says it's an unknown device.

Anyway, thanks in advance for any ideas or advice...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winfast Navigator works. http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=8
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, I've downloaded it but the pocket pc's sync cable is at work so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to try it! Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It didn't work Sad
The Acer N30 still prompts for a driver when I connect the iNFORAD and Winfast navigator doesn't see it - I selected COM7 (USB) as the Acer has an active USB port and the iNFORAD is USB.

Any ideas???

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nick,

I thought the Inforad had a serial port connection that created a virtual USB port via the Inforad lead. If you try to connect the Inforad unit to any PC with a normal USB lead it doesn't recognise the device either. I have connected my Inforad via the Inforad lead to my Compaq laptop running Microsoft AutoRoute 2002 and whilst AutoRoute 2002 does not act as a navigation program the Inforad output did tell AutoRoute where I was so the output does work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just checked the Windows XP hardware manager and the Inforad appears in the ports list as: Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port ( Com4 ) on my machine. It does not appear in the USB port list. Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was using the iNFORAD's own usb lead as my Acer pocket pc has a standard (active) usb port on it - one of the very few hand helds that do.

Unless of course I should have selected something other than USB from the software if the lead isn't really a usb lead...

I've never had a gps anything before so I'm working in the dark really Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the Inforad communicates with the PC via a serial port and the lead is basically a serial lead modified to fit into a USB socket because some new PC's do not have serial sockets. I have never had a PDA but your Acer manual should say if your's has got a serial port.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I understand it, the Inforad lead istalls itself as a virtual serial port but I'm not sure if you need an existing actual serial port on the PC for the installation to work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at my old post on how I connected an Inforad to a Ipaq pocket pc to run with TomTom, might help explain. http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=20638&highlight=inforad
Basically the output from Inforad is serial data and the lead converts it to USB ( there is a chip buried in the inforad lead which is why you cannot connect an Inforad to a PC using a standard usb cable)
The data is standard NMEA but appears to be inverted. I do not know of any software fix, I built a small hardware converter.
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