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Old 04-26-2016, 07:29 PM   #21
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Sometimes windows has issues with remembering a usb device when first plugged in. It does not like the device moved to another usb port. So may have to uninstall the device and reinstall it. Then there are the hidden usb devices in device manager, you may not see unless you boot into safe mode. Maybe boot in safe mode and delete all gps devices, then restart and see if it gets redetected.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:38 PM   #22
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I guess what I don't understand is how when we all have boats worth many tens of thousands of dollars, and that are sometimes our homes, "free" and $300 aren't pretty much the same thing. I think the $300 you spend for Coastal Explorer (or pick your favorite commercial, supported product) is among the best money you will ever spend on your boat. Heck, a gallon of bottom paint costs that much. Of all the places to try to save $300, this one seems really severely misplaced.
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I think I said it poorly. Every $$ matters. It's the prioritization of how some people spend it that puzzles me.
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I guess what I don't understand is how when we all have boats worth many tens of thousands of dollars, and that are sometimes our homes, "free" and $300 aren't pretty much the same thing. I think the $300 you spend for Coastal Explorer (or pick your favorite commercial, supported product) is among the best money you will ever spend on your boat. Heck, a gallon of bottom paint costs that much. Of all the places to try to same $300, this one seems really severely misplaced.
For me, it's a backup to a backup, but the fact that it's free and it works is a huge plus. $300 matters to me because I operate on a fixed budget and every dollar counts. From where I stand, $300 is half a battery bank...or a galvanic isolator...or a new backup VHF...or a new fishing reel. Spending that on a 3rd tier piece of equipment doesn't make sense.

But if I wanted to add a new large monitor and run it as my main nav system, then it makes all kinds of sense to spend the $300.
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For me it's my primary because it is mindlessly easy to use.

I use it more than my Raymarine chartplotter for a variety of reasons.

It cost me $29 versus over $1000 for the chartplotter only section of the MFD. Fortunately both sets of charts were free...but the Ray charts cost to update where the Open CPN are free...

Don't get it? Yep, I don't get why anyone would go the other way and love to spend money on something inferior in my experience...well maybe not inferior but OpenCPN, gets me 2500 miles a year without an issue and a pleasure to work with. No bells and whistles installed, but have not needed them either.
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From where I stand, $300 is half a battery bank...or a galvanic isolator...or a new backup VHF...or a new fishing reel. Spending that on a 3rd tier piece of equipment doesn't make sense.
It's also 12 cases of Corona and a gallon sized can of beer nuts!
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Personally, I love OpenCPN simply because I can modify it to suit my own needs.

I've built plugins that extend it's capabilities, I've experimented with driving my autopilot through it, and I've got it to run satisfactorily (is that a word?) on a $35 Raspberry Pi.

But I'm too old to tell other people what to like. I'll leave that to the Admirals.
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See this example of a Pipo perfectly integrated with OpenCPN used as a Plotter.

Pipo X9 (64 GB) with OpenCPN.
Meanwell SD-25A-12 galvanic isolated power supply.
TPLink Nano router (TL-WR702N) used with TightVNC and VNCViewer to connect to a Tablet.
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For the record guys I got so dam bloody mined about not being able to solve this problem I went out and purchased a brand new Lenovo tablet with Windows 10 O/S and downloaded BU353S4 it works perfectly data flow and L&L changes as puck relocated time is correct as it date etc. I them installed OpenCPN 4.2 again plus charts all good however my problem as with the other laptop still exists. I have other associates using openCPN 4.2 without problems I dont believe it is my BU353 as functions perfectly so what the heck do I do now
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PS just tried my BU353S4 on another vessel on my marina all good so I am at a total loss must have been a pirate in a previous life!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PS just tried my BU353S4 on another vessel on my marina all good so I am at a total loss must have been a pirate in a previous life!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PS just tried my BU353S4 on another vessel on my marina all good so I am at a total loss must have been a pirate in a previous life!!!!!!!!!!!!
Join one of those windows forums seven, eight, ten I linked earlier and maybe they can help.
They have been helpful to me,
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A free GPS tester for windows, which may or may not work according to the reviews.

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I have other associates using openCPN 4.2 without problems I dont believe it is my BU353 as functions perfectly so what the heck do I do now
1. In OpenCPN, under Tools->Options->Connections, what Data Connections does it show? How does that compare to the comm port configuration for the BU353 you see with Windows Device Manager?

2. Under Tools->Options->Connections, tick Show NMEA Debug Window. What does it show?
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I think everyone's a little wrestles and cranky after the winder and that we all just need to go boating to clear all this up. What do you say? Boating, anyone?
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I think everyone's a little wrestles and cranky after the winter and that we all just need to go boating to clear all this up. What do you say? Boating, anyone?
Hell yeah!!!!
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I am going to try an earlier version of OpenCPN and see if it makes a difference if not well!!!!!!! I only require it for coastal cruising these day and not offshore anymore so it's price suits my purpose
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Tried OpenCPN 4 with same result. De Bug window shows nothing in script box but a chart showing colors for various catagories
Data connection shows correct comport ie as per GPS install.
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For the record guys I got so dam bloody mined about not being able to solve this problem I went out and purchased a brand new Lenovo tablet with Windows 10 O/S and downloaded BU353S4 it works perfectly data flow and L&L changes as puck relocated time is correct as it date etc. I them installed OpenCPN 4.2 again plus charts all good however my problem as with the other laptop still exists. I have other associates using openCPN 4.2 without problems I dont believe it is my BU353 as functions perfectly so what the heck do I do now
So then maybe your windows OS has gone and corrupted itself. That does happen hundreds of thousands of times a day all over the world.
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