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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Please NOTE: This page has been replaced by the PathAway Support Forum. For the latest FAQs, please refer to the forum.


PathAway for Windows Mobile
PathAway for Palm OS
PathAway Tools
GPS Connectivity and Support
Map Conversion and Calibration

PathAway for Windows Mobile- FAQs and Notes

Bluetooth Port

The Bluetooth com port to use for connection may be Com 8 or Com 5 depending on the Make, model and ROM version of the PDA. Dell Axim x30 or HP6300 use Com7 for bluetooth.

Bluetooth not working on the Dell Axim X30 or the HP 6300 series

On the Dell Axim X30 or the HP 6300 series, do the following: select Com 7 from the GPS Configure dialog, Port dropdown list, then select "Connect". Data will then begin to flow in the status screen. (Note. This solution is NOT verified)

Tracking using Bluetooth GPS locks up constantly

My Bluetooth PDA locks up constantly, is there a way to fix this?

Yes, if you are using a Bluetooth-enabled HP iPaq, there is a driver you can download for Pocket PC 2003 that will solve the lockup issue. You can download the updated Bluetooth driver from the HP website. (Note. This solution is NOT verified)

Bluetooth GPS on QTEK, iMate, or O2 XDA II PDA

Why doesn't my Bluetooth GPS work with my QTEK, iMate, or O2 XDA II PDA?

Certain essential Bluetooth functions were not included with the above PDAs, but there is a solution, Pocket Bluetooth Tools, available for free download. Keep in mind this software is freeware, and while it has no affiliation with MuskokaTech and is therefore not supported by MuskokaTech, several PathAway customers report success using the product. (Note. This solution is NOT verified)

April 10 2005 - Tomtom Software / Bluetooth Issue

My Bluetooth GPS does not work with TomTom GPS drivers 2.07, 2.08 installed.

If Tomtom software is installed with the version 2.07 or later GPS driver then PathAway (or any other software) will not work with the any Bluetooth GPS when using a WM2003 PDA.

It appears that when Tomtom released its version 2.07 gps driver to correct some Bluetooth problems with these PDA's it prevented all other software from accessing the Bluetooth GPS.

Version 2.06 of the GPS driver should not have this problem. Caution is adviced if you try to install this version. It is unknown whether this driver will work on you PPC.

Note : Remove the current TomTom driver before installing version 2.06. (This can be done from the Start Menu by selecting "Start" > "Settings" > "Remove Programs", and highlight the TomTom ~ GPS and click the Remove button).

For details, see the topic "TomTom GPS 2.09 breaks other GPS applications" in the TomTom forum on www.pocketgpsworld.com: http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=5061
(Note. This solution is NOT verified)

GPS Configuration for Garmin M5

What is the communications protocol, baud and port for acquiring GPS data from the M5 Antenna?

For the Garmin M5, set the GPS->GPS Configure options as follows
Protocol: NMEA
Port: COM2
Baud rate: 4800.

Aug 27 2004 - Pocket PC Processors supported

What processors and operating system does PathAway for Windows Mobile support?

Check the PathAway for Windows Mobile System Requirements most up-to-date OS versions and processors supported.

How to get maps onto SD card.

I have installed the software for Pocket PC (Windows Mobile) and installed it on an iPAQ Pocket PC. How can I import calibrated PathAway maps. I have transfered a prc file operative on Palm OS devices to the SD card but I could not access it from the software.

You need to do one of either:
- Put the map .prc into the \PathAway folder on the storage card
- Use the new PathAway Map Manager, Open the .prc file, then choose "File->Send to Windows Mobile". Choose the "Storage Card" option.
- In PathAway, you can register a folder on the card for PathAway to look for maps. Go Into the "Options->Folders" dialog, choose Add..., and check the folder on the card where the map is stored.

PathAway for Palm OS - FAQs and Notes

Nov 25 2004 - Garmin Protocol on Tungsten T3

I'm trying to get Download data from my Garmin GPSmap176 to my Tungsten T3. I can connect to my Garmin. The GPS and T3 can have a 1 way conversation in NMEA mode for logging tracks, but in Garmin - Garmin mode for transferring points, tracks, etc I can't get the units to connect.

There is a known bug in the T3 for two-way communication. A workaround is to apply the following patch software, Unfortunately costs some money, but it is the only solution we have found for this so far. Hopefully PalmOne will fix this someday. Here is the link for the patch: http://www.handango.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?productType=2&platformId=1 &productId=64193

Aug 30 2004 - Loading Maps onto Expansion Cards

Is it possible to load maps onto the additional Expansion card such as Memory Stick or SD card. When I choose "Send to Map to PalmOS via HotSync", it only installs the map to the main memory of my Palm Handheld.It would be great if I could load the maps into the additional memory as one map is 11M so the entire area that I would like to load would be around 99M. Which would fit nicely into my 128M stick.

To put maps on a memory or SD card, you can save the map to a file, then install them to the card using the "Palm Quick Install" or "Palm Installer" program, and choose the Expansion card as the destination. PathAway looks for maps in the /Palm/Launcher folder and the /Palm/PathAway folder of the card.

You can also transfer maps to the card after they've been installed to main memory. In the PathAway dialog "Options->Maps", select a map, then choose the menu option "Move to...". This will allow you to transfer maps to the cards.

Aug 19 2003 - Why PathAway on the iQue?

I have a Garmin iQue 3600, and it comes standard with software and maps. What benefits does PathAway have over the standard Garmin offering?

The iQue comes with maps and software targeted mainly towards driving and points of interest. While the maps that come with the iQue are top notch, they do not cover all purposes. For example, it does not come with topo maps or nautical maps. Some 3rd party application may provide less expensive or better maps in these areas and in parts of the world not covered by Garmin.

One of the key points of Pathway is to allow you to use your own maps. It doesn't matter whether you've scanned paper maps, downloaded maps off the internet, or have digital maps on CD-ROM. PathAway provides tools to convert maps and calibrate them to the proper geographical coordinates. In fact, PathAway has a conversion SDK for PC Mapping applications to seamlessly convert to PathAway format from within the PC app. Touratech-QV is an example of this implementation.

PathAway also provides more In-Hand database management of your personal points, routes and recorded track logs. There are also tools for converting data to and from PathAway format. So the software is open to PC apps to further utilize the captured location data.

In addition some users may prefer a particular feature or user interface of PathAway not present in the Garmin offering. I encourage you to try PathAway for yourself.

We believe PathAway is an ideal complement for the Garmin iQue. With the Garmin software, maps, and points of interest, you have a great driving and POI companion. With PathAway, you can do everything else, manage and capture your own points and tracks. Use any PC software to convert and analyze your data.

May 4 2003 - GPS Connection PathAway 2 to 3

- My GPS Connection doesn't work now. It used to work in PathAway 2.
PathAway 2 used only the "Timer-Based Communications" for connecting to GPS devices. PathAway 3 implements Interrupt-Based communications to make the program more responsive to user input while connected. This method is preferable if it works for the GPS device. If you have been encountering difficulties with GPS connectivity, you can set PathAway to use the "Timer-Based Communications" as in Version 2.
To set "Timer-Based Communications":
- In GPS Configure dialog, turn ON the setting for "Timer Comm". This will set the program to communicate on a timer rather than the new Interrupt based communications. "Timer Comm" has been shown to fix conections for NavMan, Magellan Companion, and Bluetooth GPS units. NOTE. Palm OS 5 based devices do not have this option available.

2003 - Following Recorded Tracks

- I selected the Full screen map view and a previous recorded track. I can see the track and all points. But if I select the menu->>Goto->Start of track or End of track, nothing happens.
Have you set the track to FOLLOW, or ACTIVATE?

2003 - Active Tracks vs Following Tracks

- I used FOLLOW. At the first try for ACTIVATE I got an error because I already selected it to follow. Now I tried it again but disabled the FOLLOW before ACTIVATE. And with ACTIVATE it works.
Once you select a track to FOLLOW, it becomes your ROUTE. PathAway automatically prepares a NEW track to record to. So to go to the first track you are FOLLOWING. Choose "Goto Start of Route".

May 1 2003 - Upgrading PathAway 2 to 3

- Is it required to delete all data from previous versions, including maps ?
No. PathAway3 should recognize all exiting data. Just make sure you back it up. Ie. Before installing, HotSync and copy the PathAway files out of your Backup folder.

- With the alert "Databases from a previous version found. Do you want to ugrade these databases? ..." Is this really an option which we have to answer by yes or no? Or is it always necessary to convert the old databases for the new version?
The old databases will still display, but they will run slower. Tracks and Routes must be upgraded before they can be followed. When you choose an old track or route to follow, you will be prompted to upgrade it.

Multiple Tracks and Routes on the screen

- How do I show multiple tracks and routes on the screen at the same time?
In Options-Preferences-Map Display, turn ON "Show All Tracks". Then in the Tracks or Routes Database list, a checkbox will appear beside each database name. You can select which individual databases to Draw on the screen.

- In Tracks list, I have all tracks unchecked, so I expect not any track to be displayed, however, the track that was visible last is still roaming my map :-)
The track you are recording to is displayed regardless of the this checkbox. TO make the current track disappear you need to turn OFF "Show Active Track" from Preferences.

Reasons why program may run slower.

Program seems to run slower when I move tracks, routes, or points to the external card.
When data located on external cards are displayed, the responsiveness of the program and speed of display will be slower. It is recommended that tracks/routes/points that are used frequently to be moved to PALM memory.

Program seems to run slower when I'm using a Projected, 3x3, or non-WGS84 map datum.
There is much more extensive floating point mathematics required to plot on a projected map, or a map that required datum shifting. Hence, the program may run slower if you have a lot of points, or a very detailed track. Note, after the first refresh of an active track or route, the fast refresh should be restored.

Zooming doesn't seem to work

There has been some confusion as to what the buttons in PathAway do. When you create a map it is loaded into the program and displayed in the 100% scale. To use maps of a higher or lower resoultion, you must "resize" the map in an imaging application, then run it through PathAway map manager again. Then, the maps are layered on top of each other to create a "zoom" effect. Note PathAway 3 now offers scaling of the maps.

Once you have maps of different resolution, they are layered on top of each other. The buttons at the top right of the screen allow you to move into and out of these stacked maps. You don't need a map to increase or decrease the view, but if there is a map available, it will be shown. These buttons change shape to show you whether there is a map available.

A square button indicates there is a map available. A round button means there is not. You can also select maps by name by going to the Options-Maps dialog, selecting a map, and pressing the Display button.

PathAway Tools

coming soon

GPS Connectivity and Support

  • What do I need to connect my Garmin or Magellan handheld GPS?
  • I Can't connect to my NMEA compatible device
  • How do I connect to my Rand McNally Streetfinder GPS
  • Kyocera 7135 internal GPS
  • Samsung i330 internal GPS
  • Garmin iQue M5

    How do I configure PathAway for the GPS in the Garmin iQ M5 (for Pocket PC)?

    In the GPS->GPS Configure dialog, set the following:
    Protocol: NMEA
    Port: COM2
    Baud rate: 4800.

    What do I need to connect my Garmin or Magellan handheld GPS?

    First, you need a serial cable and a an adapter cable to fit to your particular Palm OS model. You can find places to purchase cables by checking with your GPS Dealer or manufacturer or by checking the sites listed on out Links page under "GPS Cables and Accessories".

    Once you have the cables and have both PathAway and the GPS connected and turned on, you need to match the GPS Protocol and Baud Rate. On your device, there will be a setup option to set the GPS to NMEA and specify a baud rate. 4800 is the most common baud rate found on most GPS devices. THen, In PathAway, click on the GPS menu, and choose the "GPS Configure" dialog. Set the protocol and baud rate in this dialog to match the settings on the GPS.

    Note that for Garmin models, you can also use Garmin-Garmin protocol instead of NMEA. Use this option if you are also transferring track, routes or waypoints between PathAway and the GPS (otherwise you would need to switch back and forth. NMEA for navigation, Garmin mode for transferring data)

    I Can't connect to my NMEA compatible device

    The most common problem seen for GPS connection is improper baud rate selection. Ensure your device communications baud rate matches the baud rate in the PathAway GPS Configuration dialog, To set baud rate in PathAway, select the menu GPS - GPS Configure. In this dialog, ensure the baud rate is set to match that on the device. Also ensure the device protocols match. Some Garmin units have selectable Garmin proprietary interface, and NMEA interface. PathAway supports only NMEA for these units. Once you've ensured the communications match, hook up the GPS and press "Connect". You should see the stream of data indicating there is a connection.

    How do I connect to my Rand McNally Streetfinder GPS

    To configure Rand-McNally GPS for use with PathAway, select the menu GPS - GPS Configure. In this dialog, ensure the protocol is set to NMEA, and baud rate is 4800. Hook up the GPS and press "Connect". You should see the stream of data indicating there is a connection.

    I have a Kyocera 7135 Palm phone. Does your software work with the internal GPS of this model?

    Yes PathAway will run on the 7135. Note, the internal GPS is not accessible to the application at this time. We are waiting on Kyocera to provide the specs for this. However, you can attach an external GPS with a serial adapter cable. See our our links page under "GPS Cables and Accessories" for information on where to get GPS Cables http://pathaway.com/links.htm.

    I have a Samsung i330 Palm phone. Does your software work with the internal GPS of this model?

    Yes PathAway will run on the i330. Note, the internal GPS is not accessable to the application at this time. We are waiting on Samsung to provide the specs for this. However, you can attach an external GPS with a serial adapter cable. See our links page "GPS Cables and Accessories" for information on where to get GPS Cables.

    Map Conversion and Calibration

  • How to create projected maps and set Map Datum
  • Map doesn't show after loading
  • Calibrating OSGB Maps

  • May 1 2003 - Projected Maps and Map Datum

    - How do I create projected maps and set Map Datum.
    With PathAway Map Manager version 3 you can generate projected maps or set the map datum for the map. Or, in PathAway, go into the Map Details-Calibration option. You can set the Projection and Datum parameters. To set the calibration map to "Projection", change the calibration type to "Projection". Here you enter the name of the type of projection and the parameters. See the Advanced Mapping manual for details.

    Map doesn't show after loading

    You may have created a map that doesn't support your particular device. In map manager, ensure you have created the map in a compatible format. 16-bit color is supported only by Visor prism, or Palm OS 4.0 and higher. 256 color requires minimum OS version 3.5. 4-bit gray requires OS version 3.3 or higher. Compression is supported on OS version 3.3 or higher.

    Another problem may be that the map is not calibrated. To view the map. Select the menu Options - Maps. Select the map from the list and press "Show". The map should display on the screen. Check the longitude and latitude of the map positions. If they don't look right, your map will need calibrating. See the user manual on Calibration instructions.

    Calibrating OSGB Maps

    Most OSGB maps have horizontal and vertical OSGB Grid lines. PathAway Rectangular Calibration requires Longitude/Latitude lines to be horizontal/vertical. If this is the case for your OSGB map, you will need to either rotate the map so the Long/Lat lines are rectangular, or you will need to use a Projected map to Calibrate correctly. To calibrate OSGB maps such as this you can use the following projection parameters:

    Calibration Type: Projection
    Datum: OSGB
    Projection: Transverse Mercator
    lon_0: W2.000
    lat_0: N49.00
    x_0: 400000
    y_0: -100000

    Use at least 2 known points for the calibration points.




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