LinuxQuestions.org
Visit the LQ Articles and Editorials section
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 03-14-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
Necromatic
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
GPS software


Hello everybody,

I am the new proud owner of an old GPS unit, Pharos GPS-360 that shipped with Microsoft's Streets and Trips 2006. Can an experienced user point me in the direction.

What I have tried: gpsdrive

I installed gpsdrive via Yast2 and it runs just fine, but it doesn't notice (or maybe it shouldn't even notice) that I have the GPS connected via USB. Here is the output of dmesg showing the GPS usb:

Code:
hub 2-0:1.0: unable to enumerate USB device on port 6
usb 3-3: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 3
usb 3-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
pl2303 3-3:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
usb 3-3: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0
usb 3-3: New USB device found, idVendor=067b, idProduct=aaa0
usb 3-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 3-3: Product: USB-Serial Controller
usb 3-3: Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
usb 3-3: SerialNumber: 12345678
I am running OpenSuSE 11.0

Thanks in advance for viewing.

Necromatic
 
Old 03-15-2009, 06:17 AM   #2
doc.nice
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Germany
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 274

Rep: Reputation: 34
gpsdrive can connect to your gps with two methods:

First, it can use gpsd to connect.
gpsd is a program listening to your real GPS device and providing the data to applications using linux sockets or tcp ports.
This method has the advantage that you can use multiple applications with your gps at once.

You have to install gpsd and configure it so that it listens to the gps device on /dev/ttyUSB0 (the device name is shown in your dmesg output).

see man gpsd after installing gpsd for configuration information.


Second, it can connect directly to the gps.

When running gpsdrive, click "Preferences" and select the "Settings 2" tab page. At the bottom, you can enable "use serial conn." for the direct connection or diable it for gpsd usage.
When you enable "use direct conn.", you have to enter your device information in the fields below:
/dev/ttyUSB0 as device and baudrate 9600 or 19200, depending on your device.

hope this helps,
Florian
 
Old 03-15-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
Necromatic
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks for your response! I'll post my results when I get home and configure gpsd.
 
Old 03-20-2009, 05:31 AM   #4
archtoad6
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Houston, TX (usa)
Distribution: MEPIS, Debian, Knoppix,
Posts: 4,727
Blog Entries: 15

Rep: Reputation: 230Reputation: 230Reputation: 230
Quote:
Originally Posted by Necromatic View Post
I'll post my results when I get home
Still haven't made it home???
 
Old 03-20-2009, 11:14 PM   #5
Necromatic
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by archtoad6 View Post
Still haven't made it home???
Whooops! I've been under the catchup-on-schoolwork game the last few days :P

I actually got my Pharos GPS-360 working with gpsd. My problem was that Pharos has a huge startup issue; which I monitored by: cat /dev/ttyUSB0. It takes a good 5 minutes of nothing but unrecognizable characters before actual gps lon / lat numbers start to appear. It was at that point I could issue the command, gpsd -F /dev/ttyUSB0. Once I did that, gpsdrive immediately picked up my location here in MS. At this time I'm trying to figure out what I need to do in order to get gpsdrive to show me streets and towns etc etc. It currently only shows me a world view with my location on the coast of Mississippi (which is correct)

Here is a screenie of my gpsdrive http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/s...g?t=1237608718

And also this output to the console seems to tell me that I need to get a map file

Code:
Creating main window
/root/.gpsdrive/way.txt: No such file or directory
Read 503 POI-Types from /usr/share/map-icons/icons.xml
map_koord.txt reloaded
/root/.gpsdrive/way.txt: No such file or directory
/root/.gpsdrive/way.txt: No such file or directory
/root/.gpsdrive/way.txt: No such file or directory
Solutions are welcome, and I'll be sure to post my solution if I find one on my own.

Cheers,

Necromatic
 
Old 03-24-2009, 02:49 AM   #6
doc.nice
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Germany
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 274

Rep: Reputation: 34
my gpsdrive version has a button "doenload maps" to get them from the web automagically, maybe "man gpsdrive" tells you something?
 
  


Reply

Tags
gps, opensuse, suse


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GPS software Mark_667 Linux - Software 2 02-19-2009 06:32 PM
Garmin GPS and mapping software Greebstreebling Linux - Software 1 04-30-2008 04:06 PM
GPS Software tim1348 Linux - Software 9 03-21-2007 12:14 PM
GPS software bigalexe Linux - Software 2 04-19-2006 05:16 PM
GPS Software Recommendation uploadjoe Linux - Software 1 06-06-2005 11:40 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:39 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration