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    Sweetie,

    Thats exactly what I would like to have. I would want just the time and lat/long.

    I was hoping to use a webcam and a mouse style GPS so I could save to my CarPC. In this Case JeepPC.

    As well I'd really like to caputure GPS cordinates like you did with your Google Earth. I dont have a regular handheld GPS, but he PC mouse style. I've looked for apps that would capture basic lat/long so I could run it through Google Earth. Everything I run across is a fancy blown up app with tons of features, but Im trying really to keep things simple. Im sure video isn't simple, but hey I have to have a goal you know.

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    I haven't played around much with a PC webcam but here's what you can do about the GPS mouse. What you need to do (if it is possible with your GPS) is to configure it so it outputs only NMEA $RMC sentences. There should be some kind of program that comes with the unit that allows you to do this. Once this is done, connect to the GPS via your serial port using HyperTerm (after setting the proper baud rate, bits, etc. If working properly, you should see $RMC sentences fill up the screen. When you are ready, choose the option to capture the data to a file in HyperTerm. When you are done wiht your outing, close the file.

    Google GPS Visualizer which has a utility to convert your file to a .KMZ file which is what Google Earth likes. Once converted, just double-click on the .KMZ file and you got your path displayed. Good luck!

    BTW, what brand of GPS mouse are you using?

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    Here's a link directly to the Unit I have. I know for sure it has the SirfIII chip. That's about all I know and it seems to acquire signal fast.

    http://store.mo-co-so.com/usb-sirf-i...eiver-p-4.html

    Sweetie, I really am greatful for everything your trying to explaing to me.

    I'm running XP on my MiniITX.

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    Went to the link but could not find a detailed manual on the unit, so not sure if it is configurable.

    I use an oem unit (ublox) in my logger so I can change the output message types, data rates, etc on the fly. The internal microcontroller is doing all this as well as putting the data out to video and writing a Google Earth file to the SD card.

    Well, time to get back to testing and trying to stuff this whole thing in small box to fit in my fanny pack. Will post some better videos later if time allows.
    Good luck on your project.

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