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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac View Post
    Skipjacks, double-check if you selected "NMEA" in Options of the serial emulator by DeLorme. And the chosen com port should be, as Kizer already mentioned, one of the lower ones (below 16).
    The emulator's settings are right. I just don't like using it at all. I want to bypass it altogether like I had it set up before.

    I think the problem comes in with the new motherboard assigning different port numbers to various USB plugs. iGuidance is very temperamental about not switching it's ports around. So when it's hit with a change like that it gets testy.

    I haven't had a chance to really mess with the car settings yet. Hopefully I'll get a chance tomorrow.

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    Alright so here's what I came up with...

    I brought up the system information and found the Earthmate. But it wasn't assigned to a COM port. It was just listed as a human interface device.

    Then when I looked at the drivers they were Microsoft drivers. Is that odd? Are there Delorme drivers specifically for it? I checked all over the Delorme website and all it wants to give me is the serial port emulator which I've already got and that isn't working well.

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    If I understand you correctly, the main issue is that it may take 15 to 20 minutes for the GPS receiver to lock on the satellite signals. That's too long, indeed. It should take a minute or less.

    Where is the GPS receiver located? Could you, at least for testing purposes, remove it from the inside of the car, and place it on the roof of your vehicle? Let us know if it starts performing well. If yes, then perhaps the location of the GPS unit inside your car doesn't allow it to have good enough reception. Also, if you are using any USB extension cable, please remove it for this test.

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    The receiver is on the back dash with a clear line of sight of the sky. That's not the problem. It hasn't moved since it was working fine.

    Besides, it's not just that it's taking forever to lock, it's that iGuidance won't even recognize the existence of the GPS without first routing it through the Serial Port Emulator. I didn't have to do that with my old motherboard (same brand, different model)

    When I go to the Device Manager and look at the COM ports, it's not showing the GPS there at all. It shows up as a USB Human interface Device with a big question mark next to it, but not in the COM ports.

    Also it's using the Microsoft drivers. I can't find a Delorme driver for it. Is there a generic GPS mouse driver out there?

    The other option for fixing this is changing mapping sofware. I'm running iGuidance 2. IT has a history of being a little testy about where it gets it's GPS signal from.

    Does iGuidance 4 take the GPS signal directly from the USP port without raising a fuss? If so maybe I'll just upgrade the software and fix it that way.

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    There needs to be some software to create a virtual com port so iGuidance (and most other programs) can use a USB GPS receiver. If you don't like the one you downloaded, then look for the CD than came with the receiver when you first bough it. There must be the driver on it. With DeLorme USB GPS, if I'm correct, when you start installing it, it should ask you if you plan on using it only with DeLorme software, or if you need it for 3rd party software programs, too. Choose the driver for 3rd party programs.

    (All this will work in the new iG4 the same as in your old iG2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac View Post
    There needs to be some software to create a virtual com port so iGuidance (and most other programs) can use a USB GPS receiver. If you don't like the one you downloaded, then look for the CD than came with the receiver when you first bough it. There must be the driver on it. With DeLorme USB GPS, if I'm correct, when you start installing it, it should ask you if you plan on using it only with DeLorme software, or if you need it for 3rd party software programs, too. Choose the driver for 3rd party programs.

    (All this will work in the new iG4 the same as in your old iG2)
    Do other mapping programs has this flaw? Like will StreetDeck take the USB GPS signal and run it without whining to high hell like iGuidance does?

    And I don't have the install CD. I bought the system used. It's a Delorme product but I don't like their serial port emulator. That's why I'm wording if there's a generic one. I've searched high and low and not come up with one.

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