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Microsoft Streets and Trips doesn't recognize my GPS receiver
bunnytrigger
Wanted to introduce myself and request help at the same time. I have been reading about GPS tracking and PPC's for a few days. Im excited to have found this forums since Im actually wanting to use my onboard lappy inside my vehicle. I currently own and HTC Touch Pro from Sprint that has a built in GPS. I have tried using GPSGate to display on MS S&T but have been unsuccessful. Google earth works fine, but im unsure why Streets & Trips nor MS Mappoint want to play nice with GPSGate.

The only way I was able to get Google Earth to work was via Activesync.

I searched the forums before asking, so apologize if I missed it. Can anyone help me or guide me in the right direction. I don't mind providing more detailed information.

Thanks in advance, you guys seem to have a great community. I am an admin at ppcgeeks.com, let me know if there is anything I can help with around here.
tcassidy
How, exactly are you using GPS Gate - In a server/ client setup between your HTC and laptop? Any other way and I can't see why you would need it with S&T.

Terry
Ken in Regina
To follow on from Terry's question, you should not need GPSGate for your GPS receiver to work with Streets&Trips or Mappoint. Your built-in receiver should show up as a COM port when it's running. The nav programs should be able to find it automatically if it's enabled and functioning.

In other words, if GPSGate is finding it, the nav programs should be able to find it without GPSGate running.

If the nav programs won't find it automatically without GPSGate running, you should be able to force it by pointing the nav program at the specific port. With the GPS receiver enabled (turned on, whatever) just go to the Device Manager and look at the COM ports to see which one it's on.


When GPSGate is running, does its system tray icon turn dark green?

With GPSGate running, are you trying to make the nav programs use the same COM port that GPSGate is finding the receiver on? If so, that won't work because GPSGate already has that port attached. You need to force the nav programs to one of the virtual COM ports that GPSGate is creating for output. They will be listed on GPSGate's Output tab.

And finally, back to Terry's question, why are you running GPSGate? Just curious.

...ken...
raybeau528
I recently purchased Garmin's Mobile PC with the USB receiver but haven't been that enthralled with it so I downloaded the trial version of Streets and Trips and I also couldn't get S&T to recognize the Garmin USB receiver. I read this post and installed the trial version of GPSGate and voila S&T now sees the Garmin receiver. According to GPSGage the Garmin USB Receiver doesn't support NMEA.

Using a Garmin GPS as input

The USB version of Garmin GPS receivers (like Garmin 18) do not support NMEA, they only support Garmin's own protocol. Therefore very few GPS applications can use Garmin USB GPS receivers. GpsGate solves this problem! You can connect GpsGate to a Garmin USB GPS and GpsGate will make the Garmin GPS appear as a normal NMEA GPS connected to a serial port. And! You can connect any number of GPS applications to the GPS at the same time! Including nRoute!

Detecting Garmin GPS using the Wizard
The easiest way to detect a Garmin GPS is to use the Setup Wizard. If you have already run the Wizard you can do it again by opening the Settings dialog and click "Setup Wizard..."


So are others successfully using a Garmin USB receiver with Streets and Trips without GPSGate?

Ray
tcassidy
If you are running WindowsXP, you can use Garmin Spanner to output NMEA data to a COM port from your 20x. Unfortunately it does not work with Vista.

A better solution is to get another USB GPS such as the GlobalSat BU-353. They are quite inexpensive.

Terry
Ken in Regina
The GPS20x is a fine receiver. It's cheaper to buy GPSGate Express than to buy another receiver if you don't really need or want one.

...ken...
raybeau528
So then it is true that MS Streets and Trips requires GPSgate to function with the Garmin USB GPS receiver?

I did notice that GPSgate express is only $12.95.

Ray
tcassidy
Yes. If you are unable to use Garmin Spanner because you have Vista, then you need GPS Gate Express to use a Garmin USB GPS20x with any navigation program (such as Microsoft Streets & Trips) except Garmin.

Terry
raybeau528
Yes, I am running S&T on a laptop with Vista. Thank you for your response.

Ray
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