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  • GPS Reciever Sending Jibberish????

    I recently bought this gps reciever from ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    and the software that cqame with it displays what the GPS is sending throught he com port... and this is what it is:

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    now i'm no expert but that doesn't look like NMEA protocall to me?

    what could be the problem, in Destinator it says GPS cannot be found.

    any help greatly appreciated

  • #2
    Check your baud rate setting maybe? It should be set at 4800 and nothing else.

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    • #3
      It was already set to 4800... could it just be a faulty unit? or am i missing something obvious?

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      • #4
        If it has a SIRF mode vs NMEA mode, that could be the issue.
        Or you could have gotten a bad unit. Hopefully the seller will work with you on replacing it.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          Okay... it's not a mode problem, but i was wondering if perhaps the unit could be trying to "initialise" and find/lock onto satelites for the first time? Because I am yet to try the reciever outside in the open. Will give this a shot today.

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          • #6
            i've had that happen to gps units in the past and yes its sending sirf messages instead of NMEA. I fixed my issues by opening the unit.. removing the battery then reinstalling to reset it.
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            • #7
              But is that what Sirf protocal looks like? If it is then i'll give opening it up a shot, but otherwise i don't really want to risk losing warraty because i tried to repair it myself.

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              • #8
                yes that looks just like the stuff i saw with a defective bu-353. If it has a warranty send it back
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                • #9
                  SiRF Demo could be used to switch from SiRF to NMEA mode

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                  • #10
                    I've contacted the seller on ebay, hopefully i'll hear back from him soon. Luckily he's actually based in Australia (where i'm from) and not hong kong *yay*

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JelloBello
                      I've contacted the seller on ebay, hopefully i'll hear back from him soon. Luckily he's actually based in Australia (where i'm from) and not hong kong *yay*

                      He says that NO WARRANTY is provided on another listing of that same receiver. The best inexpensive US GPS Receiver I have ever used is the Holux GM-210 or OEM related like Zenstar. They are very reliable and truely "Waterproof"! I have quite a few brand new, let me know if you are interested.

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                      • #12
                        all u really need to do is remove that battery.. if it fails again.. just remove the battery for good. It should still work.
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