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    Is it possible to run two GPS applications at once? I was about to start on a small application that uses the com port your GPS is on to grab info every once in awhile and I don't want it to interfere with the already running navigation system.
    Is it not possible to read from a com port from two seperate applications?
    Thanks
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  • #2
    I don't see why not, it seems that NMEA protocol is a passive one... but then again, I have never personally used a gps system myself.
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    • #3
      Give this site a browse: http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html.

      I use an OEM GPS receiver (Garmin GPS25LV) which has two com ports. Probably you want to invest on one of those.
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      • #4
        You'll need a software (or hardware) com port replicator. Do a search for one on the forum. I have a freeware version that works but I forget what it's called.

        *edit* edik beat me to it. That's the one I use.
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        • #5
          GPSGate maybe?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by dodgetimes2
            GPSGate maybe?
            I'm using GPSGate to run 3 GPS applications simultaneously. (Netstumbler + 2 Navigation packages) and it has worked perfectly on XP ever since I intalled it. Two thumbs up from me.
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            • #7
              Maybe you should consider this bluetooth receiver from Emtac. I know its bt and runs on batteries and costs more, but it is capable of connecting to 4 devices simultaneously via the bt virtual com ports straight out of box.
              http://www.gps4fun.com/trc_bluetooth_trine.php

              I have one of the earlier ones (without multilink support) and it works like a charm always!
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              • #8
                Thanks for all of the information guys! I probably wouldn't go for getting a new GPS device as the application I am making will be released to forum members and I don't want everyone that uses it to have to get a new GPS module If all it requires is an external application then that will work for me. I'll try one of those two apps and get started right away on the programming.
                AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
                Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
                Installed.


                -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
                -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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                • #9
                  Just use this one http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html post earlier.
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                  • #10
                    Yes?

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                    • #11
                      I have a USB GPS which creates a virtual com port, which I'd like to share.. Xport does not work with virtual ports, any ideas?
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                      • #12
                        See my post above.

                        My USB GPS is also on a virtual com port and GPS Gate works perfectly.

                        I've been happily sharing to 3 apps on 3 different com ports simultaneously for the last 6 months without a problem.
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                        • #13
                          or just look for the little dot next to COM64. If you don't see it, compass ain't working. Open the compass config and close it again. Might work.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Frankino
                            I have a USB GPS which creates a virtual com port, which I'd like to share.. Xport does not work with virtual ports, any ideas?
                            I think the problem is that you only install Xport2. No it won't work by itself. You have to install Compass as well. Together, these 2 work wonder.
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                            • #15
                              I'll give it a try tomorrow, in the meantime I solved with GpsGate
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                              256mb DDR-2 533
                              80gig 3.5" SATA HDD
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                              100% installed and working :D

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