Bluetooth On A Palm Vx

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Bluetooth On A Palm Vx

Postby esbark » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:29 pm

I am about to obtain a TDK Blue5 Bluetooth Sled for my Palm VX . Will Pathaway run on this setup via bluetooth.?

What I mean is that the bluetooth sled will only work with Palm O/S up to version 3.3. Pathaway 4 requires version greater than version 3.5. what about earlier versions of pathaway? would version 3 work? or would I lose a lot of functionality.

Finally does my version 4 licence allow me to use an earlier version like 3 ?
if it were to work? :?:

I have pathaway 4 running well on my VX but need to rid myself of the serial umbelical cord.


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Postby Scott » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:55 pm

You can try PathAway 2, but it was created long before Bluetooth was available for Palm devices. Yes there is a significant feature difference bewteen PW2 and 4.

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Bluetooth on a palm VX

Postby esbark » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:23 pm

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Bluetooth On a Palm VX

Postby esbark » Thu May 03, 2007 2:12 am

Scott,

I realised that asking for Bluetooth on a palm vx was asking a bit much so I abandoned the VX in favour of a Palm M515. I bought a BlueM bluetooth sled and a brand new IBLUE 737 which is the latest all singing and all dancing GPS receiver. The only snag is that it wont hold a reliable fix on the map no matter what settings I try. The initial fix is spot on but then the fix starts to wander all over the map before the map freezes and I am having to soft start it again and again. I think half of the problem is that there are two many setting choices and I cant get the right combination. The GPS says that it is 115200 Baud with NMEA 0183 V3.01 ( default GGA,GSA,GSV,RMC) whatever that is. Can you suggest settings for baud rate,NMEA protocol,timer com or not. Pathaway is perfect on a serial connection on my old VX but I cant get it to work on bluetooth with this new equipment.

I am certain that there are no issues with the GPS and I am running 4.00.64 latest download.
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Postby Scott » Thu May 03, 2007 2:23 am

It's best to try to use as low a baud rate as possible. If the unit can communicate at 4800 baud, that one is probably best. It is no advantage to use a faster baud rate. What may be happening is that there is an overflow because the screen refresh can't keep up with the data flowing in.
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Bluetooth on a palm VX

Postby esbark » Thu May 03, 2007 2:40 pm

Scott,

Thank you for that. I think you are right. I noticed last night that the unit could indeed communicate at 4800 baud and that that setting seemed to give the best results.
I will carry out exhaustive tests this evening and report my findings.

Thank you for your quick reply.

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Bluetooth on a palm VX

Postby esbark » Fri May 04, 2007 1:19 am

Scott,

I ran a pretty comprehensive test as promised:-

Protocol = NEMEA
Baud = 4800
Timer Com = Checked

The bluetooth connected fine and my position was shown accurately on the map.

It seemed to be pretty stationary on the map ( I was sitting in the garden ) with the position arrow just flicking slightly as expected. SO FAR SO GOOD

I tapped home to come out of Pathaway and it wouldnt switch pathaway off. ( it just locked up)

I reset everything and connected again I looked at the Sat status page and all was well. I then went back to the full screen map view and it crashed. after resetting everything again I had a "out of memory" then a "fatal exception" then a screen freeze. After resetting between all of these events and setting up various settings which had been changed I decided that if I could get it navigating then perhaps if i did not touch anything then it just might be feasable to navigate. So I started to walk. My position changed on the map but it was not now particularly accurate so I think that made up my mind. Back to my serial cable I am afraid.

Perhaps bluetooth istnt such a good idea after all.

I will revisit it sometime in the future (':(')

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Postby esbark » Wed May 09, 2007 1:39 pm

I am revisiting this problem. I dont like to be beaten !!!!

I read every posting in this forum which mentioned BLUETOOTH and came across a recommendation by a guest "MRUSHT" suggesting the purchase of a receiver from AKTRONIX in Singapore.

My existing serial GPS contains a sirf 3 chipset and it is manufactured by by Globalsat and it works beatifully. I found a GPS with this same chipset on the AKTRONIX site so I have purchased one. It is advertised as working at 4,800 baud which encouraged me to buy.

I will report my findings in this thread as soon as I receive it.

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Bluetooth On A Palm Vx

Postby esbark » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:50 pm

Well I got my Bluetooth GPS from singapore but I still cannot get any significant communication.

I am blaming the fact that the M515 Palm PC and the bluetooth adapter with which I am using it (BLUEM) are quite dated now and are probably the reason for my failure.

PW is working beautifully using a serial connection so I will leave it at that. I can get a full 8 hour navigation session out of my batteries which I suspect would be difficult to achieve with a bluetooth enabled PDA.

So I guess that I have to accept the fact that I am beaten !!!!!! ( but not Unhappy )

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