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How to connect furuno marine gps model-31 to a pc using serial port

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  • fire1961 Aug 03, 2008

    What wires on the serial cable goes to the ones on the gp-31

    I needs that diagram please.

  • awilobempa Aug 07, 2008

    I bought a Furuno GP31, but I am unable to configure it with my PC, having Windows XP as operating sustem.

    There is no signal after connecting it to the system's com port.

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Connecting cable to PC - see

http://furuno.inforce.dk/graphics/14_Softwares/09_gps/FURUNO_GP-32_pc_connect.pdf

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Downloading data from my FURUNO GP-30 gave me no problems. But it took me long time to figure out why I coudn't upload waypoints and routes to the GP-30 via the serial port in my ThinkPad T30.

I tried nearly everything tested the cable, tested a lot of different software and even wrote a little c-program to communicate with the serial port. I also tried a serial-to-usb converter with no results. Then I stumbled over this RS232 Tutorial. According to this - serial ports are not just serial port but can be divided into three general categories:

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