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Old 03-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Another Bluetooth GPS Connection Question

I'm a Linux newbie, but some people have categorized me a "Power User" of the other operating system. So I think I get the concepts, but may also need some very basic tips (like how do I get someplace to enter commands, what's really an Applet and can I change applets or whatever without rendering something inoperative).
(1) Dell Inspiron Mini.
(2) Teletype GPS (has worked with Windows and Windows Mobile) described as "generic" by the manufacturer, who doesn't support Linux.
(1) Whatever came with the Dell/Ubuntu Hardy Heron and whatever Bluetooth installation was there. I don't know how to upgrade or change this.
(2) SeaFarer Free Edition chartplotter software with downloaded NOAA navigational charts.
(1) When I try to run the Bluetooth Manager (maybe that's called an Applet) that came with the computer, it "recognizes" the device, but it can't pair with it.
(2) The Bluetooth Manager "Connect New Device" choice starts a Bluetooth Device Wizard looking for only three kinds of devices, mouse, Keyboard and Headset. If I go "Forward" there is an "All types" and this is where it will recognize the GPS, but then it won't pair, giving me a device unsupported message.
(3) SeaFarer sets up to receive GPS data with a serial port configuration that is familiar even from DOS days.
Any idea what I can do to get this to connect? Driver? Configuration settings? Lines of code (and tell me how I get to a prompt at which I enter the code)?
Old 03-15-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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If you haven't already, try a Google search including "linux" and your GPS manuf/model number. It's likely someone else has already been down this road. The Bluetooth protocol can set up a link but your OS has to know something about the device it is trying to talk to.


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