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    Copilot lose GPS connection

    I just got copilot 2002 setup. I have a Garmin GPS16 serial port receiver and Keyspan 4 port serial hub. When I start the copilot, it initialize the GPS receiver. After a few blocks, the Copilot stop responds and the COM port LED is off. I have to go to the planner and re-enter the driver display and start everything again. I have changed the COM port setting and still does the same thing. I thought maybe the serial plug is not pluged in al the way. I fired up Garmin MapSource and it never loses the connection with the GPS. TripMaker takes forever to lock. Thats why I sold it. Is there anything settings I can change to get it to lock all the time?? BTW, I've searched and came up nothing

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    The garmin is sending out too many signals for the CoPilot software to understand. There is a way to open a terminal to the GPS unit and change which signals are sent to it. I had to to it with mine and I have the instructions around here somewhere. I'm affraid to say but I think the instructions are on a computer in another state...but I'll look anyways.

    BEN

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    Well I did more searching and found some interesting stuff.

    Co-Pilot help needed!

    jshrieve said that enable only GPGGA, GPGSA, GPRMC should work. I've tried it and it doesn't. He has Garmin GPS35PC. I have the Garmin GPS16.

    Someone said that Navman GPS works with Copilot so I tracked down a site that shows what NMEA output the Navman GPS puts out.

    http://www.onlinemarine.com/cgi-loca....htm?E+scstore

    GPGGA, GPGSA, GPRMC and GPGSV. I've tried it and it still doesn't work. Please if anyone know how to make my GPS16 work with Copilot please let me know.

    According to a few newsgroup threads, Travroute changed the software in Copilot 2001 and no longer support standard NMEA GPS receivers. When the software first initalize the GPS, it looks for the Rockwell binary code or some like that. If it doesnt receive those codes, it gives the error message. Not even the generic Rockwell binary code works. Some guy even tried writing a program that converts the NMEA to rockwell output and that still doesnt work.

    Heres more info on that.

    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...33101%2540news

    I guess the only way to get Copilot to work is BUY a Copilot. Anyway, are there any other GPS software out there that offers turn by turn direction, voice guidance, auto reroute, easy destination input, and overall user friendly that also works with Garmin GPS? Also for those who own a Copilot GPS receiver, does the GPS receiver work with any other software besides Copilot?

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    This bums me out...I knew they wouldn't sell the software separate from the GPS...so much for using copilot.

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    No that's not true. Copilot 2001 does use NMEA compatible receivers. I've used it with the rand mcnally receiver without a problem. I'm sure the same is true for 2002 and 2003.

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    That's true I'm using 2003 with a Rand Macnally serial...it works better than 2002...SHHHWWEEEEEET!
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    Thank you,
    I was starting to get worried my new Garmin was not going to work.
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    Originally posted by az1324
    No that's not true. Copilot 2001 does use NMEA compatible receivers. I've used it with the rand mcnally receiver without a problem. I'm sure the same is true for 2002 and 2003.
    I dont think you have experienced the frustration of trying to get a "NMEA compatible receivers" to work with copilot. From what I've read and searched, Navman and Rand Mcnally work with Copilot. I'm not sure If SONY GPS receiver is compatible since it is also a rockwell type GPS receiver.

    http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=e...3DN%26tab%3Dwg

    "In CoPilot 2001 it works differently. CP2K1 looks for a Rockwell
    proprietary NMEA string, ZCH - Zodiac Channel Status. Garmins do not
    send this string so after a minute or two CP2K1 throws up the familiar
    message. However, my Rand McNally does generate this string and so
    CP2K1 works perfectly with either a CoPilot GPS or a Rand McNally GPS.
    I wonder if this is a bug from TravRoute's perspective?"

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    Well since my Garmin has been on backorder to 2 weeks I canceled it and ordered the NavMan. It is bigger that I wanted, but maybe it will do a better job than the Co-Pilot GPS in my truck.

    Although I have a bad feeling the the Co-pilot GPS is just a NavMan in a differant case.
    2004 F350 Ext. Cab
    System not reinstalled in it yet

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    what kind of problem were you having with the Copilot GPS receiver?

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