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No answer for USB GPS Device?

This is a discussion on No answer for USB GPS Device? within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; I'm a newbie so apologies up front. I have searched for an answer to being able to hook up a ...

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    racer514 is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    No answer for USB GPS Device?

    I'm a newbie so apologies up front. I have searched for an answer to being able to hook up a USB GPS Device (Garmin 60csx to be exact) and work with Mapoint 2006 but most of the questions I found went unanswered. Is it possible to do this? My laptop does not have a serial port USB only).

    Please help!

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    Re: No answer for USB GPS Device?

    The standard for GPS communication devices is "NMEA". This explicitly says "serial port" (ie. RS-232); and this is what MapPoint supports. This standard is very widespread, but there's an industry trend towards USB.

    The usual solution is for the manufacturer to supply a software driver that you would install on your laptop/PC/whatever. This reads the (usually proprietary) USB communications from the GPS and makes it look like a standard NMEA serial port.
    If your GPS came with a CD, then look on this. Or try your manufacturer.


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    Re: No answer for USB GPS Device?

    I know the GPS' NMEA is well above the standard for Mapoint so I will check with Garmin and thier CD. Thanks for the reply and I will keep you posted.

    Has anyone gone thru this specifically?

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