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  1. #1
    Kevin Weaver
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    "Evan Platt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Installed the GPS Fix for the BlackJack II, and ran GPS ID
    > Configuration. Program port com4, hardware port none, baud rate 38400,
    > and Manage automatically. I then run GPS Test, and it goes fairly
    > quickly through Com1, 2 and 3.. On 4 it sits for a while, than says
    > "GPS Off".
    >
    > Am I missing a way to actually turn on the GPS - ie so it works?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Evan
    > --
    > To reply via e-mail, remove The Obvious from my e-mail address.



    The good news is that the new Samsung BlackJack II rocks a full-fledged SiRF
    III GPS receiver - none of that cell-tower signal triangulation stuff here.
    The bad news, unfortunately, is that the GPS hardware in the BlackJack II is
    locked-down to only work with the bundled TeleNav software (AT&T's way of
    getting more TeleNav revenue). You see, there's this driver, called GPS
    Intermediary Driver (GPSID), that Microsoft uses to serve as the
    communications middle-man between the GPS hardware and applications that
    need to access the hardware. While the GPSID driver seems to be configured
    to work with the TeleNav software and Windows Live Search, there's no
    provision for any other application to make use of the SiRF III GPS module.
    Well, BlackJack 2 hopefuls will be glad to hear that the MoDaCo Smartphone
    GPS Activator will open up the GPS hardware on your Samsung BlackJack II
    (and probably the Motorola Q9h) to a host of GPS-enabled applications. The
    MoDaCo hack will open up the COM4 port for GPS access, allowing you to use
    associate your favorite apps like Virtual Mobile Earth or Google Maps with
    the GPS unit.

    Turns out, the MoDaCo Smartphone GPS Activator also Application Unlocks your
    Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard handset. That means you can re-order the
    applications on your Start Menu - bonus!

    Oh, and if any Motorola Q9h owners out there want to give this utility a go,
    please drop us a line and let us know how it works.

    Over-The-Air install:
    Point your mobile browser to: http://modaco.com/gpsactivatorbj2

    On-device CAB install:
    Run this CAB file from your handset:
    http://content.modaco.net/MoDaCo.Sma...vator.COM4.CAB

    Computer installation:
    Run this executable from your PC:
    http://content.modaco.net/Setup.MoDa...vator.COM4.EXE



    From what I've read here is you get to keep re-ordering it for free. You
    sign up for the 3 day pass. Then after it expires run the hack and it goes
    another 3 days. Over and Over again.






    See More: Samsung BlackJack II question




  2. #2
    Bernard Farquart
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    Re: Samsung BlackJack II question


    "Evan Platt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Well, believe it or not, the 'fix' was a hard reset, and NOTHING. Do
    > NOT install the hack - just install the configuration utility. Well,
    > maybe I shouldn't speak so soon, but I'm now getting "GPS Starting Up"
    > on GPS Test.
    >
    > Apparently some (new?) BlackJack II's work out of the box, and running
    > the hack unfixes it.


    My new BlackjackII uses the GPS locate in google maps just fine,
    you can see it go from the big blue circle where you are "somewhere in
    there"
    to a really accurate dot. No hack required here.

    Bernard





  3. #3
    DevilsPGD
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    Re: Samsung BlackJack II question

    In message <[email protected]> "Bernard
    Farquart" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >My new BlackjackII uses the GPS locate in google maps just fine,
    >you can see it go from the big blue circle where you are "somewhere in
    >there"
    >to a really accurate dot. No hack required here.


    Google Maps only uses a GPS if you explicitly enabled it (at least on
    the devices I've tried), without a GPS connected Google Maps uses other
    clues, such as the towers visible, signal strength, and wifi available
    in the area.

    It's surprisingly accurate even on my iPod Touch, which has neither GPS
    nor cellular access.



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