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Difficulties turning Android phone into a Bluetooth GPS receiver for PC
malaki86
I thought I'd try out a couple of different apps available for the Androids which, basically, turn the phone into a Bluetooth GPS receiver.

I tried 3 or 4 of them and ran into the exact same problem. When I pair the phone with the computer, it shows all of the services, including the new one created by the GPS apps - Serial Port (SPP). When I try to turn that one on (on the computer), I get this error: The system cannot find the specified file.

Like I said, this is the same error for every app, so I doubt it's something in the apps themselves.

I'm using an MSI Star Key 3x USB dongle. I've tried completely uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers, as well as installing the newer Widcomm software. Same thing.

Any ideas?
tcassidy
The SPP profile is the most basic one out there and is present on any stack or dongle I have used. The problem is with the phone. Maybe that function is blocked

Terry
malaki86
The SPP function doesn't even exist on the phone until I install one of these apps. That's when it shows up in the profile.
tcassidy
But which direction? To the phone or to the computer?

Terry
tcassidy
Do you mean that the SPP (Serial Port Profile) shows up as a service when you select your phone from Bluetooth Devices on the computer?

Terry
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malaki86
Correct - the SPP profile shows up, but when I select it and hit 'Apply', that's when I get the error message from the 1st post. So, it doesn't work.
tcassidy
Do you have any other Bluetooth device that might test the SPP functionality of the computer? Maybe a GPS?

Terry
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malaki86
The only Bluetooth device I have besides the phone is my headset.
tcassidy
No, headsets don't do SPP. You need to eliminate either the computer/dongle or phone as a source to figure out where to look for the problem.

Terry
malaki86
Actually I'm thinking of eliminating the Vista part of the equation. When I get home next week, I'll have access to a clean Vista 32bit setup, as well as a Win7 64bit. If it works on either of those machines, it's probably a problem in my Vista (wouldn't that be a surprise - lol).
malaki86
I wrote one of the companies who makes one of the apps I tried out concerning this problem. They replied late last night/early this morning saying that they have never seen this issue before. They asked for the download links for the 2 different sets of drivers I used. They said that once I sent them the links, they would download and install them to see if they can find the issue.

Being the fact they said they'd never seen this issue before makes me think it's my install even more now. Vista never has been good, but not it's just getting worse.

What I may do is purchase the 3-pack of Windows 7 upgrades. I can get that for around $150 and take care of the 3 remaining Vista machines I have. 2 of the computers are running Vista 32bit, though. Wonder if it will be an issue upgrading to 64bit.
tcassidy
I didn't notice any difference for the Bluetooth operation in Vista. Both are better than XP but not a lot. I did try Win 7 on my Vista HP but could not see enough advantages to make it worth while getting the drivers.

Yes, I see the Family pack is back temporarily. Definitely a good idea if you have 3 left. You can not upgrade a 32 bit Vista computer to 64 bit without doing a clean install. However the upgrade disk contains both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Terry
ChrisThyme
Was this problem ever solved? Exact same problem....


Chris
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