you have an external GPS receiver for your Windows Mobile powered
device and would like to run GPS-enabled applications, there are some
settings you may need to configure before your device will function
Setting Up a Bluetooth Connection
your GPS receiver connects to your Windows Mobile powered device via
Bluetooth, you will need to configure the connection using the
Bluetooth Control Panel item. The following walkthrough demonstrates
how to set up this connection, but you should consult the documentation
for your GPS receiver to see if any additional steps are needed.
Setup a Bluetooth Connection
From the Start menu, click Settings. On the Connections tab, click the Bluetooth icon.
Turn on your GPS Receiver.
On the Devices tab, click
Add New Device... The settings application will search for your device. When it is found, click Next.
GPS receiver may require a passcode in order to create a secure
connection. Consult your receiver documentation for this code. Enter
the code and click Next.
- On the Partnership Settings screen, select Serial Port and click Next.
Select the Mode tab and check the Turn on Bluetooth checkbox if it is not already checked.
Select the COM Ports tab and click New Outgoing Port.
Select your receiver from the Add a Device list and click Next.
From the Port
drop-down list, select a port number. Remember the port you choose. You
will need it when you configure the GPS Intermediate Driver.
Click Finish and exit the Bluetooth Control Panel item.
Configuring the GPS Intermediate Driver with the GPS Settings icon
GPS Intermediate Driver is a software layer between a Windows Mobile
application and the GPS hardware drivers. This allows applications to
work with a variety of GPS hardware. The GPS Intermediate Driver uses
the registry to determine what COM port should be used to communicate
with the GPS hardware. The recommended way to configure the registry to
work with your GPS device is the GPS Settings icon.
Using the GPS Settings icon
From the Start menu, click Settings. On the System tab, click the External GPS icon. On some devices, this item has a different name. See the notes below.
On the Programs tab, select any available COM port from the GPS Program Port
drop-down list. The GPS data sent through the GPS Intermediate Driver
is streamed to applications through this port. This should not be the
same port that your GPS receiver is configured to use.
On the Hardware tab, select the COM port your GPS receiver is configured to use from the GPS Hardware Port drop-down list.
On the Access tab, make sure that the Manage GPS Automatically checkbox is checked.