What do I need to do to use my laptop for GPS navigation?
Hello, and thanks for your helpful site. I owned a Laptop VAIO VGN Z-530N that one of the main reasons to buy it was GPS built in. I'm wondering how to use the GPS. I can't turn it on and I don't know how and what softwares are suitable for my laptop.

Could you let me know the step by step process to enable it? Or is there such a GPS built in device in my Laptop?


Majid Kormi
Marvin Hlavac
Hi Majid,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

To setup a laptop (any laptop) for GPS navigation is rather easy. You need two things: Most laptops don't have GPS receivers built inside them. This may change in near future. I'm not sure if yours has one, or not.
Hi, and thanks Marvin. Could you please check my laptop if there is a built-in GPS or not? As far as I've check there must be inside, but I don't know how to use it. If you do me this favor, I'll appreciate as much as I can.

My laptop: VAIO VGN Z-530N SONY, made in Japan.
Marvin Hlavac
Majid, yesterday, before I posted my reply to you, I actually did a brief search on Google, but all but one references I checked said nothing about GPS. One source did mention a built-in GPS.

I have never owned a laptop with a built-in GPS, so I'm not sure what to suggest to you. I think if you would go to the Device Manager, you could find a reference to the GPS (provided the driver software has been installed).
I didn't see any reference to GPS. Possibly, it is GPS ready and requires a WWAN Express card with GPS capabilities to work with an internal antenna. One of the other posters had a laptop like that. I think it was Dell though.

Marvin Hlavac
Majid, if you think your laptop is supposed to have a built-in GPS functionality, but are unable to use it, I'd suggest to contact the manufacturer.

Most laptops don't yet have GPS receivers inside them, but that doesn't prevent us from running GPS navigation software. A USB or a Bluetooth GPS receiver can be purchased for as little as $40 or even less.
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