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    Google maps, "My Location" (GPS with no GPS, cool!)

    This new version of Google maps works on my treo 750 (new wm6 upgrade). It knows your location based on the GSM towers. (no GPS needed, pretty cool)

    http://google.com/gmm/index.html

    Video: http://google.com/gmm/mylocation.html?hl=en

    With google maps, I have to force my treo off hsdpa into GSM/EDGE mode though or it wont lock on correctly. Menu>Preference>Phone Settings>Services>Band Selection>Select GSM instead of Auto or UMTS.

    http://groups.google.com/group/Googl...56b30?lnk=raot


    This other free tower based gps app is better and works even if I don't force my phone off hsdpa.
    http://www.navizon.com/

    I found a way to force google maps to work with HSDPA
    (no need to disable things back to EDGE as posted above)
    Basically, Navizon has a nice option that will setup a virtual GPS port. Here's how you get everything working

    1) install www.navizon.com (it's free)

    2) launch navizon

    3) Menu, Options, hit the left arrow icon (lower right on screen) until the GPS tab appears (lower left on screen)

    4)Set everything as follows
    -GPS: NO GPS (Navizon Virtual GPS)
    -Baud Rate 4800
    -Auto Start (NOT checked)
    -Output Port: COM9: (Virtual)
    -Load outlput port into driver memory (check this box ON)
    -Use physical output port (NOT checked)
    -Click ok

    5) Click start, settings, System tab, External GPS

    6) Programs Tab: GPS program port: GPD9,

    7) hardware tab: GPS hardware port: COM9, Baud rate 4800

    *Note, 9 didnt work for some people, try another combination of matched port settings. (4? or 8?)
    I'm on WM6 (official release)

    8) Access tab, Manage GPS automatically (check this box ON)

    9) click ok, x out, you should be back in Navizon now

    10) click the start action button (lower left screen in Navizon)

    11) You should zip to your location on the map. Ok now while you leave navizon running, go ahead and startup Google Maps

    12) Googlemaps, Menu, Options, GPS Settings, "Set by Windows....." check this on! Click ok

    13) Menu, "Use GPS"

    BOOM ! Google will work and you'll still be n 3G HSDPA full speed internet speed instead of having to force it to slow GSM/EDGE like before.
    Last edited by JazJon; 12/18/2007 at 10:07 AM.
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    That is FAN-TASTIC! Thank you very much for that info!!

    Now I can use LiveSearch and not have to worry about missing phone calls
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattycerts View Post
    That is FAN-TASTIC! Thank you very much for that info!!

    Now I can use LiveSearch and not have to worry about missing phone calls
    Thanks I almost forgot about the MS one. (been awhile)
    http://www.gowindowslive.com/Mobile/Landing/Home/

    I also just confirmed Live Search works great for me with the new GPS enabled option. (fun!)
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    After a soft restart, what is the minimum I need to do to get this to work? Just start navizon, and hit the start button, then start google maps? Everything else is saved?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtiberio View Post
    After a soft restart, what is the minimum I need to do to get this to work? Just start navizon, and hit the start button, then start google maps? Everything else is saved?
    only one more thing, after google maps launches you have to click menu, use GPS
    Last edited by JazJon; 12/18/2007 at 07:53 AM.
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    How accurate is it? Google maps gives you an approximate location within 1500 meters. Is this method more accurate?
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    So far mine shows half a block away via navizon gps connected google maps. (very close!) I'm down town San Francisco though with lots of towers everywhere.

    When I use straight google maps by itself with "my location" (no gps) it shows me 4 blocks over. (plus I have to disable HSDPA and only use gsm-edge for it to even work at all)

    Maybe the fact that hsdpa is still connected makes more tower info avialble to triangulate?
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    Sigh too bad I live in the sticks and dont have any close mapped towers. So can I load the app on my pc, connect a serial gps and map out my town for myself?
    In Geological time Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Soon does mean 6months to 2 years.
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    This does work on my Sprint 700wx, but the location is off by a mile in Live Search (20 city blocks to be exact). I'll try in other locations to see what happens.
    Last edited by skfny; 12/18/2007 at 09:30 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoti View Post
    How accurate is it? Google maps gives you an approximate location within 1500 meters. Is this method more accurate?
    Well, it uses the same methopd so I wouldn't expect precise results.

    The BIG thing about it is being able to stay on 3G, so you won't miss phone calls, maps load faster, etc. Plus you can use LiveSearch with it, which I prefer slightly over google maps.
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    If I wanted to use Navizon for GPS within Google Maps, do I need to launch Navizon each time I needed to use Google Maps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mszatny View Post
    If I wanted to use Navizon for GPS within Google Maps, do I need to launch Navizon each time I needed to use Google Maps?

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    Yes, 1) launch Navizon, 2) launch Google maps, click menu, use gps

    Navizon has an auto start option, but when I do a soft reset windows complains that the security certifc is not valid to launch the .exe (or somethign similar to that) If someone knows how to allow navizon to auto start then you shouldnt have to launch navizon and google should work even after a reboot. Anyone know how to get around that? It sounds like we would never have to launch navizon at all if the auto option launched the virtual gps port mapping at startup.

    Navizon, Menu, Options, GPS Tab (way left) "Auto Start"
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    hello I don't have an option for selecting com9 output port within the navizon program. if I change it to com8 along with the values under gps settings should it work? I tried it and when I click start in navizon it just repeatedly cycles through "phone positining, updating locationa, etc. where is my com9? thanks.
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    i followed everything step by step and I get "no location found". I'm on "H".
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceddown View Post
    hello I don't have an option for selecting com9 output port within the navizon program. if I change it to com8 along with the values under gps settings should it work? I tried it and when I click start in navizon it just repeatedly cycles through "phone positining, updating locationa, etc. where is my com9? thanks.
    Yes. I got it to work with COM4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceddown View Post
    hello I don't have an option for selecting com9 output port within the navizon program. if I change it to com8 along with the values under gps settings should it work? I tried it and when I click start in navizon it just repeatedly cycles through "phone positining, updating locationa, etc. where is my com9? thanks.
    Try doing Step 5 above first, and try again. I remember mine being missing at one point as well but dont quite remember the order I did everything in. You should be able to use any other free com port combination as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoti View Post
    i followed everything step by step and I get "no location found". I'm on "H".
    Did you Start GPS in Google Maps first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
    Did you Start GPS in Google Maps first?
    Sorry for not being clear. I get "No location found" in Navizone. Before even going to google maps (which obviously can't get the location either).
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoti View Post
    Sorry for not being clear. I get "No location found" in Navizone. Before even going to google maps (which obviously can't get the location either).
    Oh, so you can't even get Navizon to lock on to a location. Maybe you dont have e911 enabled from the cell towers in your area yet. I would search the Navizon forum.

    http://www.navizon.com/phpbb2/index.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
    Navizon has an auto start option, but when I do a soft reset windows complains that the security certifc is not valid to launch the .exe (or somethign similar to that) If someone knows how to allow navizon to auto start then you shouldnt have to launch navizon and google should work even after a reboot. Anyone know how to get around that? It sounds like we would never have to launch navizon at all if the auto option launched the virtual gps port mapping at startup.

    Navizon, Menu, Options, GPS Tab (way left) "Auto Start"

    It seems that if you load the program into main memory auto start will function. (mine is on the SD card) I read it on the Navizon forum. You can set data to be stored on the SD card anyway so I guess I can eat up a small amount of main memory for it to work correctly.
    http://www.navizon.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1440
    I'm going to uninstall/reinstall and give it a try.
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