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Technical Q&A » Expedition silently terminates on startup » 1/01/2018 3:56 pm

gamsberry
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I'll give that a try.   Thanks !    There is a Vesper XB8k on the network.

Update: 10.7.14 solved the problem

Technical Q&A » Expedition silently terminates on startup » 1/01/2018 3:03 pm

gamsberry
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I've run into an issue during the annual hardware & software update.    Expedition starts, brings stripchart up and then silently terminates.   It only does this when the Actisense NGT-1 N2K USB network interface is plugged in.   If I start Expedition and plug the NGT-1 in after everything works correctly.    I removed & re-installed the antisense driver.   I ran the Expedition repair install process.   I couldn't find any obvious errors  in any of the expedition log files.   Any suggestions on where to look for clues ?


  • platform: Intel NUC 5i3RYB
  • Expedition 4D 10.7.13
  • Windows 10 - current on patches as of 12/30
  • NGT-1 is  V2.12 firmware (current).

System changes:

  • replaced boot ssd with larger (500gb M.2)
  • added memory (to 16GB)
  • added internal backup SSD (120GB)
  • windows 10 auto patch to current
  • Expedition upgrade to 10.7.13
  • New expedition license key triggered by hardware changes.

 

General Discussion » CMap 4D » 12/17/2017 7:45 pm

gamsberry
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I just purchased the 4D max+ for the Canadian west coast.    It looks like all the fancy features they talk about are available from within Expedition.

Vector, raster, satellite & 3D are all available via buttons on the charts ribbon.   Raster overlay on on vector charts is in a sub menu.

Only downsides are cost & the huge download.   I think this one chart was 6GB vs ~200MB for the vector only version.

Also Expedition 4D would install but silently shutdown on win 10 until Windows was fully current on patches.   

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ITeokZ668hTbYcsIzuSTBxuCsdJNgHyr/view?usp=sharing

Technical Q&A » Disabling Windows 10 reboots and updates? » 3/08/2017 9:45 pm

gamsberry
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if you are running windows 10 pro you can also do it with the group policy editor or registry settings.

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-stop-updates-installing-automatically-windows-10

Whichever way you chose you should strongly consider doing it for windows 10 systems.   Just this morning a Microsoft auto push patch cluster corrupted bitlocker's recovery keys rendering the Surfacebook I use for shoreside planning (and work stuff) unbootable.   This will require a complete wipe & reinstall to fix.   I had already disabled update for the onboard systems & left the surfacebook free range as a test.   Now I know.   If they can't even get it right on their own hardware the odds aren't good for everything else.

General Discussion » Best On Deck Tablet » 3/05/2017 12:04 pm

gamsberry
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I have a toughbook 20.   I needed something that was waterproof, daylight readable & able to be a backup host for expedition should the primary PC fail.  It was the only choice I could find.

I"m not very happy with the setup but I don't think it's the fault of the toughbook.   I use RDP over wifi to remote desktop to the main system for setting the line & gun then start mode.   It lags enough that I can't use it to set the gun reliably but acceptably for the other things.  My suspicion is sending the high res desktop (4k) on the main pc to the lower res toughbook is the problem & there is probably a better way to do it but have not had the cycles look for one.

Technical Q&A » Windows 10 patch invalidating Expedition keys ? » 1/02/2017 10:14 pm

gamsberry
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Today was upgrade day for the boat systems.    I let windows 10 do it's auto patching then tested Expedition to make sure it still worked and it did.  I then upgraded Expedition to 10.5.4.   On restart Expedition displayed the zero license key panel & provided a different code that it had prior to the windows patch.   After selecting OK I get an additional panel that reports "invalid license key ?" then proceeds to run unlicensed.   After I got home I noticed that 10.5.5 had been put up for download.   I installed that on the laptop & it still exhibits the same behavior.

The exact same problem occurred on both the main system & the navigator's laptop.    I've requested new keys from Farallon.  

Are there any logs or information I can collect for you prior to installing new keys ?  I have incremental backups of both systems so I can retrieve prior versions of any files if needed.

Thanks

Guy

 

General Discussion » Hardware Redundancy - what's best? » 8/07/2016 9:48 pm

gamsberry
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I couldn't risk failure on my first Vic-maui so we didn't cut many corners.

I bought a panasonic toughbook 20 to act as backup for the onboard digital yacht aqua compact.   That certainly isn't necessary for expedition alone but I wanted something that could be used on deck for starts and also serve as a standalone  failure host.   Water resistant & daylight readable triples the cost over a pure compute platform.

I use acronis backup on the aqua doing daily system & hourly incremental expedition specific backups to the pc's SD card & two external memory sticks.  One stick stays onboard & the other leaves the boat with me.   I also used a sync program to copy all expedition specific data files to another memory stick that is run on demand - typically after the race.

I set the same software up on the toughbook and I use the synced data from the aqua to load the toughbook for post race analysis.  In a failure situation the expedition specific backups could also be restored in either direction to either machine.

General Discussion » OCENS services » 7/27/2016 10:28 pm

gamsberry
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I'm sure there are many ways to get this to work but since we had an iridium go I was able to use xgate to get gribs, yb tracking & tidetech currents directly from the expedition interface.  Theoretically that should be all you need.

In practice things turned out a little differently.  Our go was a finicky little piggy and the xgate link wasn't great at recovering from interrupted downloads.  YB data was small & two weeks of gribs were large.  So I ended up using the xgate interface for YB data & grib by email through Ocens as the Ocens downloader seemed much quicker to detect a problem & let you restart the download with a minimum of fuss.  

 

General Discussion » Satellite Internet Connetion » 6/29/2016 11:12 am

gamsberry
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I wouldn't consider myself an expert as I only got this working an hour ago

That said, using an xgate subscription and the iridium go you can download position data from within expedition using the YB tracking button.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzRi4-Z5VKWhdmZUblFPdy1NQzQ

 

General Discussion » Usb barometer » 5/16/2016 9:44 am

gamsberry
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I used a n2k barometer from yacht devices.   Seems to be accurate. 

only issue was it was drop shipped via Russian post and took a month to show up.

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