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Windows 7: Setting up bluetooth GPS in conjunction with Microsoft Streets & Trips


16 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Setting up bluetooth GPS in conjunction with Microsoft Streets & Trips

Hello, i am a new membber. My name is lynn. I am totally blind and use a screen reader for all my computing needs. I am attempting to set up a iblue 737a+ gps receiver to my laptop running windows 7. I am totally lost trying to do so?! i am *very* new to windows 7 and am afraid i don't speak windownese very well. Can someone walk me through the steps to set this thing up so i can use it with microsoft streets & trips, which is accessible to me. The gps unit is bluetooth and i know it works and is fully charged. The problem i have is trying to understand what sounds like "blah, blah, blah" to me when reading instructions on the web. Thanks in advance for any assistance. Lynn Williams


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16 Oct 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeorgiaLady View Post
Hello, i am a new membber. My name is lynn. I am totally blind and use a screen reader for all my computing needs. I am attempting to set up a iblue 737a+ gps receiver to my laptop running windows 7. I am totally lost trying to do so?! i am *very* new to windows 7 and am afraid i don't speak windownese very well. Can someone walk me through the steps to set this thing up so i can use it with microsoft streets & trips, which is accessible to me. The gps unit is bluetooth and i know it works and is fully charged. The problem i have is trying to understand what sounds like "blah, blah, blah" to me when reading instructions on the web. Thanks in advance for any assistance. Lynn Williams

Morning Lynn

The first thing you deed to do is install a driver. The driver allows windows to talk to the device.

You can find the driver on this web page. GPS Receiver

Installation should be straight forward but if the driver is older than windows 7 it may need to be installed in compatibly mode. That is also a fairly simple procedure.

If necessary installing in compatibility mode is easy. You right click the installer, go to properties, then compatibility. Click the box that corresponds to the Operating system corresponds to.

Thats it.

It that doesnt fix the problem let us know and we can continue.


Good Luck

Ken
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16 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hello ken,

Thank you so much. I found the download called gps view for i-blue 737a+. When installing the gps view, it is asking me a bbunch of questions that i don’t know how to answer. They are as follows:

When i firstg start the install, it says “please choose” and has 99 com ports to choose from. How do i know which one to choose?
2. Please choose: followed by a bunch of numbers including 4800, 9600, 14400, etc., etc. Again, how do i choose?
3. Mcnh and then an edit field, which at this moment appears to have a 0 in it.
4. Gsv: followed by a blank edit field.
5. Another one that says gsv: followed by a blank edit field.
6. Speed: followed by a blank edit field.
7. Fixed sbas mode: followed by a blank edit field.
8. Another one that says fixed sbas mode: followed by a blank edit field.
9. This is followed by a whole slew of combos that are not being identified to me at the moment but i do have a sighted husband who will be home shortly that can probably help me with those if i know what they are supposed to be set on. Then, it has a choice of either “disable or sbas that can be checked. Then some more edit fields. (i think these may have something to do with longitude and latitude coordinates. I seem to hear those words when i use a special cursor from my screen reading program.)

This is followed byan “on button” that seems to be the end of it.

I know this is a lot to ask but i have no clue what all these settings are. I do know that my receiver is already set to run on com 4 with my mobile phone along with a different gps program, so i know it is probably what they call “discoverable”. Thank you for your assistance.\
Lynn
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16 Oct 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

Lynn,

Welcome to the Win 7 forum! Hopefully we can get your Bluetooth GPS receiver working with MS Streets & Trips.

You probably don't need to download a driver, Win 7 has standard Bluetooth drivers that should work.

First thing that we need to do is "pair" the Bluetooth device with your computer. Turn the GPS on and place it near your laptop. Then on you laptop, click on Start, then Control Panel. Under "Hardware and Sound" click on the link "Add a device". A window will come up and after a few seconds of searching it will display any devices it finds that can be added. You should see your GPS listed there. If you don't see it then let us know and we can help you troubleshoot that.

Assuming you see it there, right-click on it and select "Add device". During this process you will be given some choices, one of which is to use a pairing code or password. The pairing code is "0000" (four zeroes, no quotes). Once you enter the pairing code, Win 7 will install drivers for the Bluetooth device to install it as a Serial port. Once that is done, you will be ready to use it with MS Streets & Trips.

Let us know when you have the GPS paired with your laptop and then we can help you configure MS Streets & Trips to use the GPS.

You don't need to install GPSView as it is just a sample program to demonstrate GPS functionality, you already have MS S&T so you don't need it.
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16 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hello Stgrollin and thank you for your help,

Believe it or not, I actually found the add a device button earlier and had tgried I with no results. Following your nstructions, I did it again and it does not see the receiver. So I clicked the link that said “What if Windows doesn’ find my device?” Trying to think ahead to what info you may need, I copied the info as well as my results to all they suggest. Here are my findings:

• Make sure the device you're trying to pair with (connect to) isn't turned off, low on battery power, or in sleep mode.
*** All are working as needed. I don’t know about the sleep mode.

• Make sure you haven't already added the device to your computer. Devices that have already been added aren't displayed in the list of devices you can
connect to in the Add a device wizard.
***I haven’t added it so I don’t see how it could be there.

• Make sure the device is within wireless range of your computer, typically within six to nine feet for most Bluetooth devices, or within 100 feet for a
WiFi device. If you aren't sure if the device is in range, try moving it closer to your computer. If there's a wall between the device and the computer,
try putting the device and computer in the same room.
***I have it sitting on the table right beside my laptop.

• Make sure there are no other devices interfering with the wireless device, such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, or other wireless devices.

***My microwave is not operating currently, my mobile phone is in the other room and as far as I know, that’s the only things it could possibly be referring to.

• If your computer uses an external Bluetooth or WiFi adapter, make sure the adapter is working correctly and is attached and installed properly.
***If it does, I don’t know anything a about it.

• If Bluetooth capability is integrated into your computer, make sure the Bluetooth radio transmitter is turned on. This might also turn your wireless network
receiver on and off. Many laptops have an external switch for turning the transmitter on and off. If you aren't sure how to turn it on, check the information
that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.
***Now, this may be something to look ingot. I do know we turned on a switch a long while back so that I could get my laptop networked with my printer and my desktop, and I’m thinking this would be the same one. If not, when my husband gets home, I can ask him tgo look at my laptop. If anyone owns a Toshiba L500 series with Satgellitge, maybe tghey could ltell me where to find this magical switch! J

• Make sure the device is discoverable. When a Bluetooth device is set to be discoverable, it sends out radio signals to advertise its location to other
devices and computers. If you aren’t sure how to set your device to be discoverable, check the information that came with your device or go to the manufacturer’s
website. A device (such as a wireless mouse or a keyboard) might have a button on it that you need to push, while others (such as a Bluetooth mobile phone)
might have a setting in their software menu that you need to select to make them discoverable.
*** Nothing mentioned in the manual and I feel no switches or buttons on my GPS receiver, other than the on/off one.

• If you're trying to add a wireless network device, it must be configured for your wireless network before you can add it to your computer. If you aren't
sure how to do this, check the information that came with the device or go to the manufacturer's website.Note
• Some WiFi devices need to be put into a discovery mode known as Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) before they can be detected. To learn more, check the
information that came with the device or go to the manufacturer's website.
***HUH???

• If you’re using Bluetooth software from a manufacturer other than Microsoft, Windows might not be able to detect your Bluetooth device and let you add
it to your computer. To check if your Bluetooth software came from Microsoft, follow these steps:
1. Click to open Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel search box, type Bluetooth, and then click Change Bluetooth settings.
3. In the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, click the Hardware tab and look for Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator. If you don't see this, then your Bluetooth
software didn't come from Microsoft.
***All I saw was change connection settings. When in there, it tells me that I have it set to work with USB and allow data devices when connected to the computer among othe things. I don’t recall all of them now but I can get it back if you need It. Thre were no tabs in there at all.

Was this helpful?Nuh-uh!! LOL

Thanks, Lynn
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16 Oct 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I think (not 100% sure on this) that the GPS is only discoverable for a measured amount of time when you first turn it on so what I would do is turn the GPS off, then back on, just before you click on the add device link.

You do need to make sure the Bluetooth radio in your laptop is on. I have a Dell laptop and there is a little light to indicate the Bluetooth is on. The light shows a symbol of 2 crossed flags.
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16 Oct 2010   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

According to what info I found regarding the Toshiba L500, pressing the FN+F8 key cycles thru 4 modes: WiFi enabled, Bluetooth enabled, All disabled and All enabled. Depending on whether you also use Wifi, you will need to select the Bluetooth enabled or All enabled mode.
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16 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hi strollin. Ok, i do use wifi as well, so i will try it and get hubby to watch the lights, i suppose(?) Is the function key the same as the windows key? God, i hate to feel so stupid. I may not be able to do this tonight as my husband is going back hunting in the morning and is going off to bed very soon. Thanks so much for your help. I will post again as soon as i know what is going on here.

Lynn
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17 Oct 2010   #9

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

No, the Function key is not the same as the Windows key. Hopefully, your husband could direct you to it. On the keyboards I've used it always is on the lower left portion of the keyboard but I don't think there's a standard place for it.
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17 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Good morning, Strollin,

Hubby did show me where the FN key was. (Right next to my Windows Key) but it didn't seem to do anything when I did the key sequence. So, I decided to call Toshiba to ask them if there was a switch I needed to locate. The gentleman there told me this model, (L505) doesn't have a bluetooth device and that I need to get one and install it. I am going shopping here in a bit and will pick one up while I am gone. Does this sound likely to you? I thought all of these models came with bluetooth capability.
Thanks, Lynn
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