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Topic # 10212 10-Nov-2006 12:50
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Any help / advice / comments most appreciated here!  

I've managed to put together a cable to connect the Ipaq to a Garmin GPS (one end Ipaq, other end Y split fits to Etrex and 60CS). Tried it with both GPSs but can't get a connect.  I've wired up pins 7 & 8 from the Ipaq (from ) to the appropriate pins on the plugs Rx<-->Tx but without any joy.  Neither Wififofum, G7towinCE, nor Winfast Navigator can connect to a comm port: GPS set to NMEA and 4800. 

3 possibilities spring to mind:
 - I stuffed the cable wiring: possible, but it all checks okay on the meter
 - The 6365 is like the 6315 and doesn't have serial on pins 7&8: although it does apparently support an external kbd
 - there's a magic tweak required on the 6365 required to get a comm port enabled for use?

The error messages (serial port timeout, asyncinit error, etc) seem to indicate that the program can't see/initiate the Ipaq port rather than just no data coming through.  I've gone into Start/settings/System/iPAQ Keyboard and the keyboard and sound boxes are both blank, i.e. not enabled, but knowing this unit I don't really trust that it's been turned off!

Has anyone else got one of these little beasties talking with a GPS or any idea where I should start looking?


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Reply # 51860 10-Nov-2006 12:57
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Welcome to Geekzone. You can't connect a GPS via USB to Pocket PC, unless the handheld comes with USB Host (which only less than a handfull do) and you have appropriate drivers/programs. You should be looking at a Bluetooth-enabled GPS for use with a Pocket PC.

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Reply # 51875 10-Nov-2006 15:03
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The GPSs I'm trying to connect both have serial ports:  (RS232) Tx, Rx, and Gnd.  The 60CS also has usb but that's another port altogether. 

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