GPS Help

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  1. langer421

    langer421 New Member

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    I have a powerbook g4 and I just went out and bought a magellan sportrak gps. I want to hook it up so I can use some map software I have on my mac, but the only problem I had was the cord for the gps is for a serial port so I went out and bought a serial to usb connector and tried it and now I still can't get anything. Anyone know what I might have to do to get it to recognize the gps?
     
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    i have the same question. hope someone has a solution besides manual entry or using a PC
     
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    what map software are you using?
     
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    I'm not that's the problem. although I do have macstumbler which does have mapping capabilities and it won't pick up the gps at all. I've tried both the garmin etrex and the magellan sportrak and in macstumbler the gps icon is a picture of a etrex
     
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    what serial port adapter are you using?? a mac one, or a PC one?
     
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    I'm assuming it's a pc serial to usb but I was told with that it wouldn't make a difference and I can't see why it would???
     
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    I'm thinking there's a problem with macstumbler where it's not picking it up because I have to configure something because it's supposed to be serial but now it's usb??? I dunno, just a thought
     
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    whoever told you that it made no difference is probably wrong. apple has serial adapters listed in their "made4mac" section of their website, I would trust those as being compatible with OS X
     
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    yes I know about made for mac peripherials but most pc work on macs as well, I can't see why this wouldn't work, it's just a adapter, does not require software so I don't get why it wouldn't work with mac. Do you or have you had gps hooked up to your mac?
     
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    im about to hook up the same gps to my system. i would guess that there is a software issue when using some cheap PC serial adapters. try a made4mac adapter and see if that solves the problem. check the magellan website too
     
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    what mapping software are you using?
     

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