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How to configure i-Blue GM-2 for Microsoft Streets & Trips?
lorel
I followed the instructions on this web site how to set up i-Blue GM-2 USB GPS. It is using virtual serial port 4. But no lock so far. Anyone care to tell me what I may be doing wrong? Followed instructions for GpsGate and no luck. BTW, I would rather not use GPS Gate, not interested in purchasing its license.
Marvin Hlavac
Lorel, the utility software attached to the i-Blue GM-2 review on this website will let you set the baud rate to 4800 and update rate to 1 Hz. That is all that Streets & trips requires of that USB GPS receiver.

It is possible that you've done that already. Quite often people configure everything correctly, but testing GPS receivers indoor doesn't allow for a GPS fix. Take it outdoor, into your car, make sure the GPS unit has a clear view of the sky, give it several minutes, and most likely all will be just fine.

GpsGate is not necessary to use iBlue GM2 with Microsoft Streets & Trips.
lorel
I have the gps sitting out side my window but nothing no sats so far. So something is miss configured.

I am getting data on the gps data but its scrambled. Cannot read it. Perhaps some setting is incorrect. I went into control panel and selected the virtual port speed and selected 4800 from its default reading. Not sure if that was necessary.
Marvin Hlavac
Not necessarily. It often happens, after a GPS receiver is transported over a long distance, that it takes even up to 20 or more minutes to acquire its first fix.

Also, it is possible your building is good at blocking the weak signals from the GPS satellites.

I don't have my iBlue GM-2 in front of me, but I think there is a LED that starts blinking as soon as it acquires a fix.
Ken in Regina
Using the control panel and changing the baud rate on the COM port does nothing useful. You must use GPSView to force those changes onto the GPS receiver, not the COM port on the PC. And you must also use it to force the frequency of data updates from the receiver to 1Hz.

You can only make both of these changes on the GM-2 using an older version of GPSView. As Marvin said, it is posted in the thread where we did the review of the GM-2. All the information is in that thread. Please read it. If there is anything confusing in there, we'll be happy to clarify.

...ken...
lorel
It looks like I am getting data strings in every second, but it's going to the error log as scrambled characters.
I cannot change the GPS baud rate to 115200. it is grayed out and cannot change it when the app is ON or OFF. It is a much lower number. Would this scramble the incoming data strings?
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Ken in Regina
Did you push the "Set" buttons beside the Update Rate (should be = 1) and BAUD Rate (should be = 4800)? When you do that, the settings above in the COM port should reset and the data strings should look better.

If not, try turning the COM port Off and back On.

...ken...
lorel
Ken,

Yes, I did push set in all the options. Did you look at image of my settings? I included it.
Ken in Regina
Yes, I looked at your settings but there is no way to tell from a picture if you actually pushed the Set buttons so I had to ask.

I tried it myself tonite with the GM-2 and Streets&Trips. I used GPSView to set the Update Rate to 1Hz and the BAUD Rate to 4800. Then I closed GPSView and ran Streets&Trips, hit the Configure GPS button to select the COM port that the GM-2 is using, then hit the button to start the GPS tracking and it worked fine.

I agree with Marvin ... I continue to be impressed with how quickly that thing gets a lock and how many satellites it can see from my kitchen table.

When you connected the GM-2, did you just let Windows find the driver and install it by itself or did you try to install something from the CD first?

...ken...
lortech
I did pretty much what was asked. Hit all of the set buttons got the little confirm windows except maybe two, then pushed the on button.

This time, I was getting Chinese or Japanese characters in the error log window. If it was working properly, then I should not be getting no errors right?

Also, when I close the application, then reopen it, the settings are reset to default. How can I prevent this?

What Windows version are you using? Did you test this on all Windows versions?
tcassidy
Which version are you using that you would like us to test it with?

Terry
Ken in Regina
I have tested it on Windows XP Home SP3 on my Acer Aspire One netbook and on Windows 7 Ultimate on my old Acer laptop.

I don't know what you mean by "Hit all of the set buttons got the little confirm windows except maybe two,..." I also don't know where you are getting that data that shows up in your Notepad window.

You should only need to change two things.

Using GPSView v1.2.1, in the COMMAND window near the top there is a "Please choose:" and three controls beside it: a baud rate selector, a COM port selector and an "On" button. Select the correct COM port and ignore the other two for mow.

Half way down the window there is a "Fix Update Rate" block with three controls: a dropdown to select a number and two buttons, "Query" and "Set". You simply use the dropdown to get a "1" and then press the "Set" button.

Right beside the "Fix Update Rate" block there is a "Baudrate" block that has two controls: a dropdown to select the BAUD rate and a "Set button. You use the dropdown to get "4800" and then press the "Set" button.

That should also force the baud rate in the "Please choose" selector at the top to match. You should not have to mess with any other stuff.

Now, if you click on the big "NMEAData" button at the top of the GPSView window, you will get a blank window open up. This window will display the data when it starts coming in but nothing should show up in it until you press the "On" button near the top of the COMMAND window.

When you press the "On" button near the top of the COMMAND window you should shortly start to see data scrolling in the NMEAData window. Each line should start with a $ sign and will start with things like $GPGAA or $GPGLL, etc. with a varying amount of data following them on the line.

If you see something else, you have a mismatch between the BAUD rate in the "Please choose" selector and the BAUD rate you have set the GM-2 to in the "Baudrate" block selector. Just fix it to make sure they match. For testing purposes it does not matter what BAUD rate you use ... just make sure they match.

You can't change anything in the "Please choose" line without hitting the "Off" button. Then make the change and hit the "On" button.

For purposes of using Streets&Trips with the GM-2, you must force the GM-2 to use 4800 in the "Baudrate" selector and hitting the "Set" button.

...ken...
lortech
If you do not get a lock on any satellites, will you get data in the NEMAdata window?

Also, I ran GPSview, and had 20 memory access violation windows pop open on my OTHER PC which runs XP. I think I had this happen once on a Vista Acer laptop.

I will try the laptop outside, and see if it works. Not too hopeful it does. I have done everything on this, and still have issues.

BTW, does your GM-2 have only one flashing yellow light or two, when it locks onto a GPS satellite?
tcassidy
One flashing yellow light. And yes, I had to set the input to 115200 to find the unit. However, it hasn't been plugged in for quite a while.

Terry
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Ken in Regina
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If you do not get a lock on any satellites, will you get data in the NEMAdata window?
Yes.

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Also, I ran GPSview, and had 20 memory access violation windows pop open on my OTHER PC which runs XP. I think I had this happen once on a Vista Acer laptop.
Can't help you there. That's an indication of some other problem on your computer.

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I will try the laptop outside, and see if it works. Not too hopeful it does. I have done everything on this, and still have issues.
You don't need a lock for the test. The receiver will send whatever it is able to and let the navigation software decide if it wants to do anything with it. For instance, it will report what satellites it is seeing and the signal strength of each as soon as it sees anything at all coming in. If the navigation program has a satellite information display, it will use that information and display it to you. GPSView will use this information for the "Satellite Signal Level" and "Satellite Show" graphic displays.

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BTW, does your GM-2 have only one flashing yellow light or two, when it locks onto a GPS satellite?
One light. Flashes until it gets a lock, then it's solid. ...... Or is it the other way around ... ... Anyway, it's one or the other.

...ken...
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