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moragu
Hello. I'm a new user from Venezuela, I was looking for a forum where I could ask for a trouble with my Bluetooth GPS Receiver. It's Transystem i-737 (iblue), It was turn off for six months and now it shows me the last location where I was (six months ago) and wrong information about time, altitude, etc.. Maybe I have to reset it or something like that. I read the user's manual but there is no information about that issue. Other question is about what is the best navigation software for laptop with maps in Venezuela... Thank you
Ken in Regina
When you do not use your receiver for a long time it needs to "cold start". All that means is that it takes very long to find its current location again, almost like when you took it new out of the box.

As long as the battery is not dead, all you need to do is take it outside where it will get good view of satellites and leave it for 15 or 20 minutes. How long it will take is variable. It might only take a few minutes or it might take 20 minutes or more.

I think you can get Garmin-compatible maps for Venezuela but using Garmin software on a laptop has a number of difficulties (except for Europe and USA). It is not impossible but it takes some work. If you look through the Garmin Mobile PC section of this forum you will see many discussions about it.

I don't know if there are maps of Venezuela that will work on other brands of navigation software. If you use a search engine (like Google or Yahoo) and search for "venezuela gps maps" you should find some more information that might help.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
Here is a discussion you might find helpful. It talks about two different ways you can use Garmin navigation software to navigate with Garmin maps for places that are not in the USA or Europe.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/1496-new-gps-basics

...ken...
d111
Consider using these tools to,

a) multiplex GPS output to multiple applications,

b) fix dropped connection problems:

xPort (freeware)

GPSProxy (free)

GPSGate ($$$)
CharliVN
Hello Alls,

Can some one tell me which Bluetooth GPS have build-in TMC (the FM traffic receiver).

Thank you
drkeshav
Hello friends. I hope this is the right place to get some solution to my problem. My Bluetooth receiver is unable to detect GPS signal. I am using VAIO netbook. I have changed com ports, even reformatted my netbook, but nothing happens. BT receiver is well connected with the netbook. I got the device from Satnav, India. Even their suggestions did not help.

May I expect some help?
Thanks
drkeshav
tcassidy
The ability of a GPS receiver to detect satellites is mainly affected by its placement. The first time you use it, it must have a good sky view for quite a while. This allows the receiver to find satellites and download information about where to look for others. Formatting your netbook will have no positive or negative effect. I don't understand what you mean about changing COM ports.

Is the battery of the Bluetooth GPS fully charged? What program are you using to test the GPS?

Terry
drkeshav
Dear Terry,

Thanks for the reply. In fact the experts at SatNav India told me to configure com 6 for incoming and com 7 for outgoing. So I did that. Nothing happened. Then they told me that if the Bluetooth is inbuilt, then there is no need to have two com ports for incoming and outgoing. One is enough. I did that. I placed the BT receiver in open space a number of times, but it could not detect GPS. I do not know if the device is defective. In that case I will return the device.

The software is labeled as SatGuide, and is provided by Satnav Technologies in India. I think BT receiver has SiRF III chipset. Any more help will be appreciated.

drkeshav
tcassidy
Whether you configure one or two COM ports is usually a function of the setup, not something you need bother with. If there are 2 COM ports, point your navigation software to the one labeled outgoing.

You seem to have been able to set it up with the computer's Bluetooth stack. Did you enter the passkey (probably 0000)? But you haven't said what software you are using to determine that the GPS is not working. What, exactly, do you have to monitor the GPS activity that leads you to believe it is not working?

Terry
Ken in Regina
Terry, he said he's using a program called SatGuide that was provided by the GPS receiver manufacturer.

drkeshav, can you provide a screenshot of the SatGuide screen as it looks when you have the GPS receiver connected so we may see what you have to work with and can make suggestions what you may try with the software?

...ken...
tcassidy
Thanks Ken. I also note the passkey is actually 0183 for this device, not 0000 as I thought.

Terry
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