Zac Boyles

I have the Sprint AudioVox PPC-6700 and I know that it has the built in GPS chipset but everywhere that I search I can not find out how to actually access the API. There are a few of the GPS API references throughout msdn & msdn2 but none have an actual walk through.

It is very easy to access the phone API's and contact lists/appointments and whatnot but the GPS is not to be found.

As far as the GPS is conserned one could argue that it isn't ment to be programmed or something but the fact is that in all documentation it says that e911 can use the gps and also applications that need your location (such as movie times or resteraunts in your location).

I really need to find out how to manage this out even with just a simple quordinate set. I'm not looking to use someone elses program I just need to set this up so the city can have reference to where there is either power outages/meters down and anything else like this.

I pitched this idea to the director and he was game so we got 5 of the phones, now if we can get the GPS to give some numbers we can get 50-100 Mobile 5 phones.

Thanks,

Zac



Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)


Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Anthony Wong

Hi,

If the GPS contains a serial port driver, you can access the GPS data with NETCF V2's managed SerialPort implementation.

Cheers,

Anthony Wong [MSFT]





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

DiegoCrespo

Zac, I also have a PPC-6700 and wanted to use it as a GPS device. Did you get yours to work



Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Alex Dresko

More importantly, have you ever been able to install NETCF 2.0 on your PPC-6700 I can't seem to get it to install. It always says "Installation of NETCFv2.wce5.armv4i.cab was unsuccessful."

I'll format this darn thing if I can't find a fix sometime soon.





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Anthony Wong

There's a known bug in the OS which leads to NETCF installation failure. Basically the reason for this issue is what WCELOAD (CAB installer) runs out of program memory and won¡¯t expand files from the CAB. We've implemented workaround in NETCF V2 SP1 (which is approaching beta). It should be possible to install NETCF V2 RTM if you'll manage to free up enough program memory.

In some cases simple reset would do, in others complex today plug-ins and some services needs to be disabled.

I would suggest following steps:

1. Copy NETCFv2.wm.armv4i.cab normally located in %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SmartDevices\SDK\CompactFramework\2.0\v2.0\WindowsCE\wce500\armv4i to the device.

2. Reset the device.

3. Click on NETCF as soon as device reboots.

If it still fails, you're running something big and would need to shut it down.

Cheers,

Anthony Wong [MSFT]





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

williamosullivan

Hi All,

I have the same concerns, I have a Sprint PPC-6700 and a Verizon XV6700, and I can't seem to get the GPS to work via C# when using interop. In order to get the GPS applet to appear in the control panel (like it does when using the emulator) a registry hack is required. Download and install a reg editor like PHM Regedit, and change the HKLM\ControlPanel\GPS Settings\Hide value to 0. (by default it's 1 on these devices), I have noticed that by changing the settings in this applet, it appears to set the values for the GPS Intermediate Driver settings, as per the documentation on MSDN. (It may also do other things, I have only looked here)

My biggest concern is that this device simply does not expose the GPS except for carrier branded functionality. Whenever looking at the specs for this device, the GPS is usually mentioned as afterthought (or not at all), and usually disclaimed by saying something like "GPS for E911" services.

Also to strengthen this hypothesis, I haven't been able to get any GPS mapping software to read the GPS data either.

Can anybody confirm that this device can/cannot actually do what it sounds like it might be able to

Any help would be greatly appreciated!





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Sincerus

Hello-

OK--I am very frustrated and lost. I am missing the "GPS" setting in the:

Start->Settings->Connections tab on my Sprint PPC 6700.

When I first got it, I installed my Iguidance GPS mapping software--and it worked; brilliantly at that!!

Then, I had a problem, and I had to hard reset my device. After I hard reset, this time, I first installed the MS CF 2.0--w/no problems. (one of the reasons that I hard reset was because I couldn't get the compact framework 2.0 installed...is that related to the missing GPS setting I wonder...)

Anyways, so now I cannot get my Iguidance installed because I need to access that "GPS" setting on the Connections tab.

Other than the CF 2.0, there isn't any thing different.

Other apps I have installed:

SPB Pocket Plus 3.1

Marsware WeatherPanel
PhoneAlarm 1.31

JournalBar 3.45

I am lost, and desperate...I do a lot of driving for work, and I need to use my Iguidance GPS software!!!! Any help would be appreciated; please email me at this disposable email if you can:

gpshelp.d.sincerus@neverbox.com

Thank you,
Steve





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Ilya Tumanov

You're installing wrong CAB. Please see this:

http://blogs.msdn.com/netcfteam/archive/2005/10/11/479793.aspx






Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Zac Boyles

That is very interesting stuff. None of the GPS programs that I found would detect a GPS unit available. Note that I did not have GPS settings available in my control panel either.
Now since then, I found another forum article where someone posted a reg edit to show the settings. Here ya go:

One last thing though, after I changed it and the settings appeared, I did select a port for applications to use. After doing so I installed and tested (only one) GPS program that would lock up if I chose the port I had assigned in the settings. Let me know what you come up with.


http://forums.microsoft.com/forums/ShowPost.aspx PostID=287518&SiteID=1

If the link doesn't work the most important part is:

"Download and install a reg editor like PHM Regedit, and change the HKLM\ControlPanel\GPS Settings\Hide value to 0. (by default it's 1 on these devices)"

Posted by williamosullivan in .NET Compact Framework





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Mike Nowak

Hi Zac

I installed PHM Regedit and was able to access the GPS from the control panel. I tried using GPSinfo but I was not successful. I will keep trying with different programs, and I will let you know if I find something. Please let me know if you are successful. Thanks!







Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Greg Brady

Has anyone found a program that can access the GPS data from Sprint I saw someone is using iguidance but it doesnt say with or without a external reciever. I did the regedit and got the GPS settings ICON to appear but now what do we do

THanks





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

David Burhans

Any updates on this yet



Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Kazmi

All,

 

             I also have PPC-6700 this devise does no have the GPS chip that will work with any software it is only for 911. To make this devise work for direction you need to buy a GPS chip and I am looking for the samething too. If anyone knows let me know who sells GPS chips for this device.

 

Good luck to all





Re: .NET Compact Framework Who has a PPC-6700 Sprint AudioVox Mobile 5 (Can I use GPS?)

Alex Dresko

I must admit, the idea of a built in GPS chip is news to me... I've read rumors on the online that the 6700 does indeed have that functionality, but the details aren't very clear. GPS is the one thing the 6700 lacks IMO.