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NMEA communication does not work ( but file transfer is OK)

Problem is with NMEA communication from Explorist 500 to OziExplorer ( or Hyperterminal). Equipment: (Dell Inspiron 1100 with Windows XP - Explorist 500)

Windows New Hardware Wizard shows appropriate dirver is oem45.inf for NMEA mode, and another oem65.inf is presumably for USB mode ( I haven't checked this).

Explorist Settings:
-Menu/Adv.Features/Communications/NMEA Data Com/V2.1GSA/NMEA->COM
-"secret" menu 40 check baudrate 4800 -startup, find satellites and locate position
-plug in to computer USB (with cable right way round, tail downward!) -check with Windows Control Panel/system/hardware/device manager: Explorist on COM7
-also tried simulate mode on Explorist, simulated trace appearing on local map

OziExplorer (build 3.95.4q) configuration:
-GPS : Magellan USB -COM: COM7, 1 stop bit, no parity, NMEA baudrate 4800, Serial Driver 2
-Upon starting Moving Map NMEA start I get no error message, in contrast to case of disconnection or wrong COM port.
-Moving Map/ Show GPS Fix or Show NMEA In window Input and Output boxes remain blank.

Hyperterminal on COM7: -nothing.

OziExplorer's GPSPortCheck:
-shows no NMEA message on any port, including COM7

I conclude that various software under Windows recognise Explorist connection but see no NMEA messages. In file transfer mode, the Explorist appears and works correctly as an external drive. I read that NMEA protocol does not use handshake, so assume that Explorist should not wait for appropriate trigger before sending NMEA position sentences but I have tried moving GPS around or simulating movement in case it only reports changes... still no signal. I have tried Explorist 500's Menu/ Clear Memory to try and get a fresh start. I assume for now that the problem is with the Explorist or the Windows drivers, can anyone suggest a method of restarting from scratch to get it going?

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Try rebooting windows, with gps off connect the cable to gps.

Go out side get a good gps signals on nav menu.

Set the gps communications menu to , nmea, 2.1

Plug the device into a good usb port.

If you look under modems, in control panel you should see a new modem called explorist xxx

If you look at the properties for that you can see its com port number.

I just tried this program http://www.visualgps.net/VisualGPS/

and it views nmea from the explorist, just set the com port to the one in the explorist modem .






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