Installing GpsActionReplay can be done on any system. However, it requires a Java Virtual Machine to be installed previously.
Indeed, rather than being platform dependant, a Java program is dedicated to a more general machine, a "Java Virtual Machine". Any system provided with this virtual machine behaves exactly the same way as other systems as far as Java programs are concerned. It's the reason why the same GpsActionReplay program runs on every platform.
It is a 3 steps installation which will be fast if you've got an ADSL (or so) connection
1. Install Java
You need to install a JRE (Java Runtime Environement) from the java.sun.com site.
If you use Windows, the best is to use the automated process on http://www.java.com/en/download/windows_automatic.jsp
Otherwise, here are the tips for a manual installation: Go to java.sun.com site and download the Java that fits your system. To complete the Java installation, you may have to add to your "path" environement variable the path to the bin directory of your Java installation. Concretely, assume you installed Java in C:\j2sdk1.4.0\. Go to Start then Setting Panel, then System then advanced then environment variables then select PATH, and add to it, at its end, ;C:\j2sdk1.4.0\bin (don't forget '\bin', which is the directory in which are located the Java bin programs). In order to verify Java is fully installed, just try to type "java" (in a shell, in an MS-DOS like box), and look if your system recognize it or not (if so, it should say to you how to use this command, else it should say java isn't a valid command name. in this latter case, please check your path, it must be wrong).
2. Upgrade Java to enable serial port communications
Nota: if you don't want to use the direct download from GPS, you can skip this point 2. GPSAR should launch anyway, but won't provide downlaod as long as this library isn't installed.
Since GpsAR 2.3, direct download tracks from Garmin GPS is provided. However, your Java Virtual Machine must be prepared to that, by adding the COMM library.
For Linux and Mac users, please refer to rxtx.org on the web to see how to install "rxtx" and "comm" libraries.
For Windows users, here is how to do:
A- Install comm.jar:First, you have to download this file :
and to put it the the j2sdk1.4.0\jre\lib\ext\ folder of your Java installation(it may vary a little as far as "j2sdk1.4.0" is concerned, depending on your Java installation)
B- win32com.dll:Then, you have to download :
and put it in: j2sdk1.4.0\jre\bin
C- Setting the porperties:At last, you have to dowload:
and put it in: j2sdk1.4.0\jre\lib\.
A+B+C Automatic procedure:
~Erwin~ provides a program here:
3. Install GpsActionReplay
Check our dedicated forum here: www.gpsactionreplay.com/forum to look for an answer, or to post your question.