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navgazer
I am trying to configure my Vaio laptop with Vista Business so it can detect my bluetooth gps receiver Xaiox Wonder - X. I have not have a success yet. At this point, the GPS receiver indicates that has a good satellite signal and a good BT connection, Vista has configured the BT conection but, and here is my first problem: I do not know how the information of the receiver get to the laptop. Do I have to set up especial files to recieve the data? Where? At the Bluetooth Exchange Folder? My best bet is: there must be a software to do that. Which? My second problem results when I try to use the strret map software GPSS form UK. It does not detect the information that supossedly the receiver is sending. Any suggestions?
Thank you for your attention
tcassidy
If the laptop uses the default Vista Bluetooth stack, you should see a little blue icon whith a white b on it in the notification bar ( bottom right of your screen. Right-click on this icon and choose 'Add a Bluetooth Device' from the top of the list.

Make sure your Bluetooth GPS is turned on. Check the box on the Bluetooth Wizard screen and choose Next. The program will search for all Bluetooth Devices within range and display them as a list. Choose your device from this list (if you don't use Bluetooth, it may be the only thing on the list) and click Next.

You will get a password screen. Click the Use the Passkey found... radio button and fill in your passkey (probably 0000).
The program will connect to your device and show you which COM ports it is assigning. Make a note of the Outgoing port and click Finish.

You will then have to tell your navigation program to look at this COM port to find the GPS.

Terry
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Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
You will then have to tell your navigation program to look at this COM port to find the GPS.
Unless you have the software-only version of Garmin's Mobile PC, in which case you just have to tell it "Use Bluetooth" and it will find it. (You still need to go through the Bluetooth wizard first, one time, as Terry described.)

...ken...
tcassidy
Actually, most of the programs discussed here will automatcally find a Bluetooth GPS, some via its COM port (S&T, iGuidance, SA and sometimes nRoute) and one via Bluetooth (Mobile PC).

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the one mentioned, GPSS, nor its capabilities.

Terry
navgazer
Thank you for your answers. It looks like I will have to find out how GPSS finds a bluethoot GPS.
I will keep you informed.
Edgar
navgazer
You were right Terry, GPSS was not listening to the BT COM port. I found the way to fix the problem and now everything is working. Thank you very much
Edgar
tcassidy
I'm happy to hear it works ok.
Glad I could help.

Terry
lghitis
Hello, maybe somebody can help me with my bt garmin receiver the mobile10. It works fine with the maps of the USA instaledl in my laptop.But I cannot makeit work with Google Earth Plus. It just says it could not find the device. Any ideas.

I want to use it in Israel, and I cannot get any maps for my laptop that work in Israel.

Thanks very much.
tcassidy
Is that the GPS10 (the one with the magnetic base and miniscule power connector) or the GPS10x (with the belt clip and mini USB connector)? Either are capable of standard NMEA output, however will be switched to Garmin mode if you use them with nRoute. To restore it to NMEA, cycle the power off then on again.

If you are using Garmin Mobile PC, it connects directly via Bluetooth to the GPS. Earthplus needs to know which COM port the Bluetooth stack has assigned to the GPS10/10x.

If you can let us know what Bluetooth stack you are using and what version of Windows, we can tell you how to determine the appropriate COM port to point Earthplus to.

Terry
lghitis
Thanks for the reply. It is the gps10x bluetooth receiver with the clip. I was able to connect the Nroute to the GPS receiver, however when try to connect to Google plus, it goes trhu all the coms, stops at the ones that is supposed to, but then it continues with all theother coms and finishes by saying that it did not find the device. There is no place to coonfigure anything, but just select garmin or magellan.
Of course I do nrttry to connect both programs at the same time.

What do you suggest? Thanks very much.
tcassidy
Make sure you power down the 10x after using it with nRoute. Then turn it back on and try the other program.

Terry
lghitis
I did. Ijust did and still it does not connect. Do you know for a fact thatitt should work? If so I wonder what is itthat I am doing wrtong. I choose Garmin and import. Is there anything you should see where it shows that the BT receiver is connected to GE?
tcassidy
I am not familiar with the program. Maybe it wants a Garmin-type signal as you have to set it to Garmin.Two things to try; set the input to Magellan and see if it works; or run nRoute and when it finds the GPS, shut nRoute down but don't cycle the power on the 10x. Then try GE (set to Garmin) again.

Terry
lghitis
Thanks, I will try that.,
Do with you know of any free or paid laptop maps for gps of Israel?


Thanks.
Marvin Hlavac
Hi lghitis, welcome to the forums. Try to post the question to Garmin Mobile PC section.
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