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    Quote Originally Posted by justintime
    Curiosity:

    Any chance you could build a 'light' version of Compass? The only reason I have it running is because it handles the hibernation resume nicely. but I don't even show the compass, or use Skins, or any of that. Should be able to save a few MBs of memory, since Compass eats 4MB as is right now...

    For my intended use (and I would have to assume more people are on the same boat), Compass doesn't even need interface or anything...!
    That would be nice though i didnt really notice any slowing down on my epia 800 512MB with everything running.

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    Well, creating a simple "Hello World" project in Visual Studio and running it uses 4.8MB. WTF? Damn you MSFT!

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    LOL! So much for that idea! You mean 4 MB memory, of 4 MB file size?

    Oh well, At least you tried.

    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    Well, creating a simple "Hello World" project in Visual Studio and running it uses 4.8MB. WTF? Damn you MSFT!
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    4MB of memory. 24KB file size. It uses a lot less if I don't open a window, but I need that to get hibernation messages. Argh!

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    I need something like this to run both of my gps progs. I downloaded everything on the site, but, am I missing something here, like the documents, where does the files and the compass go?

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    I tried NMEA Compass and XPort but it took me a few tries to get it working, maybe I didn't read enough but I found the whole needing the Compass running and picking COM ports in XPort (other than the GPS port) a little confusing. Overall I didn't want to have to run two apps.

    I'm trying another splitter at the moment which seems easier but costs $$$. I never really understood why you tie in the Compass and XPort, for me it would be so much better to share the ports using XPort then, if I want a compass, to point it at one of the shared ports.

    Just my two cents, all in all though I am very impressed as I wouldn't have a clue how to write a COM port splitter.

    If you had it as a try app and the form hidden could you still detect hibernation? Just a thought.

    Chris.

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    Well, it was originally made to allow others to intercept the data before it gets to the nav software, but I guess there wasn't much interest and the compass was just something I had to make sure it worked. The others like GPSGate are just more integrated so you don't see the driver, app, DLLs and other junk being loaded. It has a lot more features though.

    OK, I haven't tested this at all, so I don't know if it even works but try it out. It's as small as I could get it.
    http://curioustech.home.insightbb.co.../XPortLink.zip

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    Boy, that was FAST. I haven't tested it yet, but it does show up as taking 2.75 MB ram as soon as it loads. Quite a lot, but still a huge improvement overall in memory footprint, as well as overall 'clutter'. I will try it tonight!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    OK, I haven't tested this at all, so I don't know if it even works but try it out. It's as small as I could get it.
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    It was a little confusing for me too at first, but its actually quite straight forward. I use xport2/compass to split nav between FreeDrive and OziExplorer.

    Compass is the easy one to understand. You connect it directly to the GPS, and it shows your speed and direction of travel. Easy. What it also does is looks to see if the xport service is available. Since compass deals with talking to the GPS, it is the app that sorts out all your hibernation issues. But with only compass,

    Xport does all the com port emulation stuff. If compass sees that xport is available, it sends all incoming data through to xport, which in turns relays that onto all the configured output ports. The xport window doesn't actually need to be open for this to work - as long as the 'enable service' box is checked, the service will run with windows. So you run it once, configure your com ports, enable it, close it, then never have to worry about it again.

    Curiosity - compass/xport do everything I need. My only request is that you keep a brief changelog / date of update on your website!

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    heh, OK. I will start logging changes and maybe even use version numbering. I'm just so lazy!

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