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Navionics Chart Updates

I must be getting slow..those senior moments are becoming my normal state!

I recently bought two Navionics charts for my brand new Raymarine hybrid touch e125 chart plotter (…more posts on that to come…)

Somehow I didn’t realise that I am eligible for chart updates for 1 year. There is an app to install on your PC that gives you access to your charts on the PC as well as on the chart plotter – duh.

Navionics have cleverly wrapped this offer up within the requirement to open an “account” in their online store. Once you download the

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Virtual Comm Port …pitfalls, and crazy mouse

Well here we are in 2012, and navigation equipment manufacturers still don’t know that laptops don’t have serial ports anymore. If you want NMEA data fed from your instruments into your chart plotting software you are forced to use USB/serial port converters. This means that you will need to create what’s called a virtual comm port and that in turn needs a special software driver. This is when the fun starts.

Whatever you do don’t but any USB / Serial converters that use Prolific software drivers. Don’t do what I did and ask for or shop for “Windows 7

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New laptop…final verdict

Well I have been using the Acer Aspire 5750 for 3 months now and apart from MS Office and all the usual other bits of software have loaded quite a bit of sailing software to connect up with the new set up on my boat.

The laptop is fast and has taken everything that I have thrown at it. Some posts will follow about the connectivity challenges I have had – none of which are a problem with the laptop!

So the conclusion of this episode is – great laptop..

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Buying a new laptop for the boat (part 2of2) ….

In part 1 of this posting I was trying to see how best to approach the task of getting a good replacement laptop for my old Dell XPS M1530 (deceased).

After digging around the web, and trying to judge what was good and what was lacking with my old laptop and the uses to which it was put, I came up with some selection criteria.

Pleaese look back at post 1of2 if you haven't read it already, but in summary here are my selection criteria:

Benchmark software capability – MaxSea TZ (3D graphics + real time signal processing

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Buying a new laptop for the boat (part 1of2)…

The time has come to retire my Dell XPS M1530. Actually it retired itself when the screen faded and drifted away. Despite my attempts to install a news screen which was a surprisingly easy operation – it just would come back to life. Luckily I have a full back up – so other than saying good bye to what used to be Dell’s “Xtreme Gaming “ laptop there was no drama involved.

I bought this laptop in 2008 so 4 years use – and latterly on board the boat running Max Sea TZ software meant I had had my

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