Use my PDA as a GPS receiver for the laptop?
I have an HP rx5915 PDA with a built-in SiRFstar III GPS receiver. Is there any way to use the GPS receiver from the PDA to use on my laptop? The laptop is an Acer Aspire 5610Z and I have Topo USA 6.0 software. I can't get the software to see the GPS??? Am I out of luck?
Ken in Regina
You first need to check and see if your PDA is capable of outputting the GPS data over the connection to the PC. Most are not capable of doing this.

Mandolin Guy
Even if it is capable of outputting the data, I would prefer a separate antenna. Somehow, I just can't see tying up the PDA for long periods of time.
Windows Mobile is a preemptive multitasking OS. You can simultaneously use it as a GPS, to play music, and to talk on the phone. Nothing gets tied up. Granted, this is going to eat your battery.

Dedicated USB/Bluetooth GPS receivers are really cheap these days. I think it's worth buying one to save yourself the time and hassle.

For the record, though, you can use Franson GPS Gate to retransmit the NMEA stream from the GPS chip to a Bluetooth link. This would turn any touchscreen Windows Mobile device into a Bluetooth GPS (the software is not available for non-touchscreen Windows Mobile smartphones). Instructions here: Use Windows Mobile Pocket PC as a Bluetooth GPS

GPS Gate is not free, so really, you're not saving much money. If you go to the bother of setting this up, it's going to be as a backup, or for ubiquity (you always have your phone with you), or some other reason.
Thanks for the replies. I think that I will go ahead and get a seperate receiver. I am sure it will work better this way.
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